Sunday, January 31, 2010

Claus Ogerman wins GRAMMY as Best Arranger!

(Claus Ogerman conducting for Diana Krall in 2001)

My dear friend, living legend genius Claus Ogerman, just won his second GRAMMY Award, the first one since his victory in 1980 for the arrangement of "Soulful Strut", from George Benson's "Livin' Inside Your Love" 2-LP set released in 1979.

Now, in 2010, Claus was awarded in the category "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist" for his superb score for the title track of Diana Krall's "Quiet Nights" album. In the past four decades, Claus had been nominated 16 times, for his work on tracks by such artists as João Gilberto ("Besame Mucho"), Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Wave", "O Boto", "Saudade do Brasil"), Astrud Gilberto ("Day By Day"), Freddie Hubbard ("Lazy Afternoon") and many others, as well as for tracks from his albums as a leader.

GRAMMY® 2010
"Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist"
This GRAMMY category nominates only Singles or Tracks.

Quiet Nights
Claus Ogerman, arranger (Diana Krall)
Track from: "Quiet Nights" [Verve]
The other nominees:

A Change Is Gonna Come
David Foster & Jerry Hey, arrangers (Seal)
Track from: "Soul" [143/Warner Bros.]

Dedicated To You
Laurence Hobgood, arranger (Kurt Elling)
Track from: "Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman" [Concord Jazz]

In The Still Of The Night
Thomas Zink, arranger (Anne Walsh)
Track from: "Pretty World" [AtoZink Music]

My One And Only Thrill
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Melody Gardot)
Track from: "My One And Only Thrill" [Verve]
For detailed info about Claus' career, visit the fantastic website "The Work of Claus Ogerman" created by music historian B.J. Major:

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