Two faculty members – Alan Ferber and Chris Potter (’06) – from Steinhardt’s Jazz Studies program in the Department of Music Performing Arts Professions and three Steinhardt alumni – Christopher McClenney (’17), Darcy Proper (’90), and Nancy Whang (’00) – earned six Grammy nominations collectively.
Chris Potter was nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo (for “Ilimba”) and Best Jazz Instrumental Album for The Dreamer Is the Dream (ECM). The album features Potter on tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, bass, flute, and ilimba. The New Yorker called Potter an artist who “employs his considerable technique in service of music rather than spectacle,” noting that his composing develops in texture and atmosphere with every new album.
Trombonist and composer Alan Ferber was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for Jigsaw (Alan Ferber Big Band). Ferber is a two-time nominee recognized for March Sublime (2014) and Roots & Transitions (2017). The Wall Street Journal described his music as “both old school and cutting edge.”
Christopher McClenney was nominated for Best R& B Song; Darcy Proper, for Best Surround Sound Album; and Nancy Whang, for Best Alternative Music Album.
The 60th 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 January 28, 2018 on a CBS telecast. Grammy Awards are selected annually to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in the recording industry.