2022 Grammy Nominees From The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

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The UCLA Herb Alpert School of music is proud to celebrate the many of the school’s faculty, artists-in-residence, staff and alumni whose work has been recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with 2022 Grammy Award nominations:

Album Of The Year Donda – Kanye West (Daniel Seeff; Director, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA), Songwriter)

Best Improvised Jazz SoloAbsenceTerence Blanchard (Professor and Kenny Burrell Chair in Global Jazz Studies)soloist

Best Latin Jazz AlbumVirtual BirdlandArturo O’Farrill (Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor; Global Jazz Studies) & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Best Instrumental CompositionDreaming In Lions: Dreaming In Lions, Arturo O’Farrill (Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor; Global Jazz Studies), composer

Best Classical Solo Vocal AlbumUnexpected Shadows, Jamie Barton, Jake Heggie (alumnus, B.A. Composition ’84, M.A. Composition ’05), pianist

Best Opera RecordingLittle: Soldier Songs, James Darrah (Lecturer, Stagecraft – Opera UCLA), co-producer [The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album Skyline, Ron Carter (Artist-in-Residence, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA), Jack DeJohnette & Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Best Jazz Vocal Album Flor, Gretchen Parlato (Artist-in-Residence, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA)

Best Progressive R&B Album Dessert – Dinner Party [Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder & Kamasi Washington (Former UCLA Ethnomusicology Student)]

Richard Danielpour (Professor and Co-Area Head of Composition)is recognized through his composition of American Mosaic for which Simone Dinnerstein has been nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

Our faculty colleagues in the Los Angeles Philharmonic were recognized through a nomination for Best Choral Performance for Mahler: Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand,” which was also nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical.

Wendy Richman (Lecturer, Music Education) was recognized through a nomination for Best Choral Performance for Rising w/ The Crossing as a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Jens Lindemann was recognized through Steven Epstein’s nomination for Classical Producer of the Year nomination, which included the album Bach and Brahms Reimagined by Lindemann, James Ehnes & Jon Kimura Parker.

UCLA MM choral conducting alumnus Alexander Lloyd Blake is recognized through his recording of Tehillah Alphonso’s A Change Is Gonna Come which has been nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.

See the complete list of 2022 Grammy nominations HERE.

The Recording Academy will present the 2022 Grammy Awards show on Mon, Jan. 31, on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+ from 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT. Prior to the telecast, the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater at 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on Grammy.com and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel.