Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album

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Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album
Awarded for quality albums in the Latin jazz music genre
Country United States
Presented by The Latin Recording Academy
First awarded 2000

The Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album is an honor presented annually at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and creates a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally.[1] The award has been given to artists since the 1st Latin Grammy Awards in 2000 for vocal or instrumental albums containing more than half of its playing time of newly recorded material in Spanish or Portuguese.[2] Latin jazz is a mixture of musical genres, including Afro-Caribbean and Pan-American rhythms with the harmonic structure of jazz.[3] Other jazz genres may also be considered for inclusion by the Jazz Committee.[4]

The award was first presented as a tie between Michel Camilo and Tomatito for Spain and Paquito D'Rivera for Tropicana Nights. D'Rivera holds the record for most wins as performer in this category, with six (including one awarded as the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet) out of eight nominations. Bebo Valdés won the award twice for albums which also earned the Grammy Award: Bebo de Cuba received the Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album accolade in 2005,[5] while Juntos Para Siempre, by Bebo and Chucho Valdés won for Latin Jazz Album in 2010.[6] Bebo and Chucho Valdés, Camilo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Arturo Sandoval have twice been awarded. In 2012, the award was given to Sandoval for the album Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), which was also nominated for Album of the Year.[7] Since its inception, the award has been presented to musicians or ensembles originating from Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, United States, and Spain.

Winners and nominees

Six-time winner, Paquito D'Rivera
A man sitting in front of a piano, playing the keys.
Michel Camilo received the award in 2000 for his album Spain and in 2013 for What's Up?
An old man sitting with his arms folded.
Bebo Valdés, awarded twice in this category and in the same field for the Grammy Awards
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees[II] Ref.
2000 Michel Camilo and Tomatito Spain [8]
Paquito D'Rivera Tropicana Nights
2001 Paquito D'Rivera Quintet Live at the Blue Note

2002 Gonzalo Rubalcaba Supernova [10]
2003 Paquito D'Rivera Brazilian Dreams [11]
2004 Chucho Valdés New Conceptions
  • Jerry González y Los Piratas del Flamenco – Jerry González y Los Piratas del Flamenco
  • Santos Neto Quinteto – Canto do Rio Jovino
  • Diego Urcola – Soundances
  • Bebo Valdés and Federico Britos – We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together
2005 Bebo Valdés Bebo de Cuba [13]
2006 Gonzalo Rubalcaba Solo [14]
2007 Arturo Sandoval Rumba Palace [15]
2008 Caribbean Jazz Project and Dave Samuels Afro Bop Alliance
  • Pau Brasil – Nonada
  • Hamilton de Holanda Quintero – Brasilianos 2
  • David SánchezCultural Survival
  • Charlie Sepúlveda & The Turnaround – Charlie Sepulveda & The Turnaround
2009 Bebo Valdés and Chucho Valdés Juntos Para Siempre
  • Brazilian Trio – Forests
  • Bobby Sanabria conducting the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra – Kenya Revisited Live!!!
  • Charlie Sepúlveda & The Turnaround – Sepulveda Boulevard
  • Néstor TorresNouveau Latino
2010 João Donato Trio Sambolero [18]
2011 Paquito D'Rivera Panamericana Suite
  • Paquito D'Rivera and Pepe Rivero – Clazz: Continental Latin Jazz. Live at Barcelona, Teatre Paral.lel 2011
  • Bobby Sanabria conducting The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra – Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!!
  • Chucho ValdésNew York Is Now! / Viva El Sonido Cubano
  • Dave ValentinPure Imagination
2012 Arturo Sandoval Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You) [7]
2013 Michel Camilo What's Up? [20]
2014 Chick Corea The Vigil [21]
Paquito D'Rivera and Trío Corrente Song for Maura
2015 Paquito D'Rivera Jazz Meets The Classics
  • Eddie Fernández — Jazzeando
  • Iván "Melón" Lewis — Ayer y Hoy
  • José Negroni — Negroni Piano +9
  • José Valentino Ruiz and the Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring Giovanni Hidalgo — I Make You Want To Move
2016 Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Cuba: The Conversation Continues
  • Mario Adnet — Jobim Jazz (Ao Vivo)
  • Antonio Adolfo — Tropical Infinito
  • Raul Agraz — Between Brothers
  • Carrera Quinta — Big Band
2017 Eliane Elias Dance of Time
  • Antonio Adolfo — Hybrido / From Rio To Wayne Shorter
  • Oskar Cartaya — Bajo Mundo
  • Charlie Sepúlveda & The Turnaround — Mr. EP - A Tribute to Eddie Palmieri
  • Miguel ZenónTípico
2018 Hermeto Pascoal & Big Band Naturaleza Universal
  • Adrian Iaies Trio — La Casa de un Pianista de Jazz
  • Dafnis Prieto Big Band — Back to the Sunset
  • Néstor TorresJazz Flute Traditions
  • Bobby Valentin & The Latin Jazzists — Mind of a Master

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Latin Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] The name of the performer and the nominated album.

See also



  • "Past Winners Search". Latin Grammy Awards. United States: Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2013.


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