Los Angeles, CA (February 5, 2004)–As part of the week-long Grammy celebration of events taking place throughout Los Angeles, the Recording Academy this year announced the initiation of a new event titled Grammy Salute To Jazz. Held yesterday, February 4, at the Knitting Factory Club Hollywood from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., this event recognized the lifetime achievements of two jazz icons–Clark Terry and Gerald Wilson. The Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble also performed.
“Historically, the Recording Academy has recognized the achievements of numerous jazz artists in various settings,” said Recording Academy president Neil Portnow. “The Salute To Jazz which we are initiating this year, realizes a personal and an Academy goal, and is a site-specific event that perfectly complements our week-long Grammy celebration.”
Serving as event co-chairs, are Blue Note Records president Bruce Lundvall and Recording Academy vice-chairman Kurt Elling.
“Through the years I have worked closely with the Recording Academy in attempting to raise our industry profile,” stated Lundvall. “I applaud the Academy who was proactive in getting this event off the ground, and the timing could not be better given the optimistic jazz industry dynamics that are currently in play. As chairman of the (JAI) Jazz Alliance International, we realize how vital it is to bring the jazz industry together and recognize the achievements of superb and enduring musicians.”
“As Recording Academy vice-chair, I am happy to serve as the organization’s ad-hoc jazz ambassador,” stated Elling. “The Salute To Jazz event underscores the rejuvenation of jazz in the Recording Academy profile. The Academy’s commitment to America’s indigenous art form takes on new relevance with this landmark event. As a recording and performing artist from within the jazz community, it is my honor to represent my peers in this worthwhile endeavor.”
The Salute to Jazz reception took place as part of Grammy Week, a host of events leading up to the 46th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 8. The Grammy Awards will emanate live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast on CBS, from 8-11:30 p.m.