Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album
|Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album|
|Awarded for||quality albums in the Latin jazz music genre|
|Presented by||The Latin Recording Academy|
The Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin 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. 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. Latin jazz is a mixture of musical genres, including Afro-Caribbean and Pan-American rhythms with the harmonic structure of jazz.
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, while Juntos Para Siempre, by Bebo and Chucho Valdés won for Latin Jazz Album in 2010. 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. 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
|2000||Camilo, MichelMichel Camilo and Tomatito||Spain|||
|D'Rivera, PaquitoPaquito D'Rivera||Tropicana Nights|
|2001||Paquito D'Rivera Quintet||Live at the Blue Note|||
|2002||Rubalcaba, GonzaloGonzalo Rubalcaba||Supernova|||
|2003||D'Rivera, PaquitoPaquito D'Rivera||Brazilian Dreams|||
|2004||Valdés, ChuchoChucho Valdés||New Conceptions|||
|2005||Valdés, BeboBebo Valdés||Bebo de Cuba|||
|2006||Rubalcaba, GonzaloGonzalo Rubalcaba||Solo|||
|2007||Sandoval, ArturoArturo Sandoval||Rumba Palace|||
|2008||Caribbean Jazz Project and Dave Samuels||Afro Bop Alliance||
|2009||Valdés, BeboBebo Valdés and Chucho Valdés||Juntos Para Siempre|||
|2010||João Donato Trio||Sambolero|||
|2011||D'Rivera, PaquitoPaquito D'Rivera||Panamericana Suite||
|2012||Sandoval, ArturoArturo Sandoval||Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)|||
|2013||Camilo, MichelMichel Camilo||What's Up?|||
|2014||Corea, ChickChick Corea||The Vigil|||
|D'Rivera, PaquitoPaquito D'Rivera and Trío Corrente||Song for Maura|
|2015||Paquito D'Rivera||Jazz Meets The Classics||
|2016||O'Farrill, ArturoArturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra||Cuba: The Conversation Continues||
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