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Grammy Award Preview 2017

Some of the nominees for Best Jazz Vocal and Best Traditional Pop album for the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Bob Dylan's 2016 album FALLEN ANGELS is a follow-up to his 2015 album SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT, both exploring the song of Frank Sinatra and the Great American Songbook, and both nominated for the Best Tradition Pop Album Grammy Award.

On this program, we’ll look back on the music of the year 2016 with a preview of some of the 2017 Grammy Award nominees. The Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, February 12th.

I’ll preview all of the nominees in the Best Jazz Vocal album category, including new albums by Gregory Porter, Catherine Russell, Rene Marie, Tierney Sutton, and Kurt Elling. We’ll also look at a few old folk heroes, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, diving into the world of the Great American Songbook and earning a nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Plus, we’ll hear a bit from jazz’s new wunderkind, Jacob Collier, who’s been nominated in the Best Arrangement, Instrument or A Cappella category.

Many of these artists were also featured on the two episodes from last year highlighting new music: Recent Releases 2017, Part 1 and Recent Releases 2017, Part 2.


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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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