Peabody faculty and alums well-represented in Grammy nominations

Contributions are to recordings of chamber, jazz, opera, and contemporary instrumental music

Editor's note: Due to conditions related to the pandemic, the Grammy Awards have been postponed to Sunday, March 14.

Peabody faculty and alums were well-represented among the 2021 Grammy nominees announced Nov. 24. The 63rd Grammy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Du Yun, composition professor, has a piece "I am my own achilles' heel" included on Brooklyn Rider's album Healing Modes, nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

Kristopher Funn, jazz bassist and faculty artist, is featured on Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Axiom, nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Denyce Graves, Rosa Ponselle Distinguished Faculty Artist, sang the role of Maria in the Metropolitan Opera's recording of Porgy and Bess from the 2019–20 season, which was nominated for three Grammys: Best Opera Recording; Best Engineered Album, Classical; and Producer of the Year, Classical. Alums Tammie Woods (AD '14, Voice), Taylor-Alexis DuPont (MM '16, Voice), and Brittany Reneé Robinson (BM '05, GPD '07, Voice) are in the ensemble. Graves also was recently honored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild for the 25th anniversary of her Met debut.

Sean Jones, who holds the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies, played trumpet on two Grammy-nominated recordings: The Intangible Between by Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, and Be Water II, by Christian Sands, nominated for Best Instrumental Composition.

Matthew Stevens, jazz guitarist and faculty artist, co-produced, plays guitars, and is a chief writer on the Grammy-nominated album Waiting Game by Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science. The album was nominated in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category.

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