Jazz Legend, University of the Arts Alumnus Stanley Clarke '71 (Bass) Earns 2 Grammy Nominations
Voice senior Samantha Aurelio; faculty member alums Anne Sciolla and Chris Farr; and alumni Matt Cappy and Jeremy Grenhart included on Grammy-nominated recordings
Updated December 13, 2010
Joining Clarke in the Grammy spotlight are current student Samantha Aurelio '11 (Voice); faculty member alums Anne Sciolla '86 (Voice) and Chris Farr '94, MAT '95 (Saxophone); and alumni Matt Cappy '96, MAT '97 (Trumpet) and Jeremy Grenhart '03 (Piano), who all perform on Grammy-nominated recordings by various artists.
Clarke earned two Grammy nods, including Best Contemporary Jazz Album for The Stanley Clarke Band and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the track "No Mystery." That song, which he originally recorded with influential jazz fusion group Return to Forever featuring Chick Corea, Lenny White and Al Di Meola, also won a Grammy in 1975 as well as two gold records. A 2008 recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Arts, Clarke has been honored with Bass Player Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award; was named Rolling Stone's first "Jazzman of the Year"; received Playboy's Music Award as the best jazz bassist for 10 straight years; and is a member of Guitar Player Magazine's "Gallery of Greats."
Voice senior Samantha Aurelio and School of Music alumna and Adjunct Assistant Professor Anne Sciolla are featured as background vocalists on Joey Defrancesco's album Never Can Say Goodbye, also vying for a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category. Sciolla has also performed with Jimmy Bruno, Kevin Eubanks, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bob Berg, Uri Craine, Diane Monroe and the RELACHE ensemble.
Alumni Matt Cappy and Chris Farr, who is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Music, both perform on the John Legend & The Roots' double-nominated tune "Shine." The song -- from the CD Wake Up, which earned a total of five nominations -- is up for Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals and Best R&B Song.
Also collaborating with The Roots is former UArts student Jeremy Grenhart, whose work is included on the Philadelphia-based band's rap-nominated album How I Got Over. The hip-hop/jazz/soul musician and producer has worked with such major labels as Universal Music and Def Jam Records, in addition to independent production companies 2010 Productions and Militia Hill. Four tracks that Grenhart co-wrote and co-produced are featured on How I Got Over, including "Radio Daze," "Now or Never," "Walk Alone" and the album's title track.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 13, 2011.
Above: Two-time nominee Stanley Clarke (photo: Steven Parke).