The GRAMMY for Best Vocal Jazz Album: Dedicated to You!
Kurt brings home his very first GRAMMY for the exquisitely beautiful, tasteful, and always swingin’ Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman.
This was Kurt’s ninth nomination — each and every Elling album has been nominated. Laurence Hobgood was also nominated this year for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for the title tune, “Dedicated to You,” done lovingly with strings in a very hip arrangement. His solo on that tune is awesome, too.
Bravo and congratulations, Kurt! And congratulations, Laurence! And also to all the fabulous musicians on this album: the great and groovy Ernie Watts on tenor, bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Ulysses Owens, and the string quartet ETHEL with Cornelius Dufallo, Ralph Farris, Dorothy Lawson, and Mary Rowell.
Well done and well deserved, everyone!