Four Grammy Award Nominations for NYU Steinhardt Faculty

Three faculty members from the Jazz Studies program in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at NYU’s Steinhardt School received a total of four 2017 Grammy Award nominations, announced today by the Recording Academy.

John Scofield received two nominations, one for Best Instrumental Jazz Album for his album Country For Old Men and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Scofield, an internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist, took home a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album for his album Past Present.

Jazz guitarist John Scofield and his Steinhardt Jazz Guitar Ensemble during a recent recording session. Photo by Bruce Katz

Trombonist and composer Alan Ferber was nominated for Best Instrumental Composition for “Flow” off of his latest album Roots & Transitions. Ferber was nominated for a 2014 Grammy for his album March Sublime.

Trombonist and Composer Alan Ferber

Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent was nominated in the category of Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for “I’m a Fool to Want You,” recorded by Kristin Chenoweth. Broadbent won two Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Arrangement in 1996 and 1999.

Jazz Pianist, Composer, and Arranger Alan Broadbent

In addition, Ari Hest (BS ’02), who graduated from NYU Steinhardt with a degree in communication studies, received his first Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album for Silver Skies Blue, a duet album and collaboration with singer-songwriter Judy Collins.

Jeanne Montalvo (MM ’12), who graduated with a degree in music technology, was nominated for Best Historical Album for her work as a mastering engineer on Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983.

The Grammy Awards, which are awarded annually and comprise a broad mix of the music industry’s best and brightest over the past year, will be announced on February 12, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.