The Grammy Awards like nothing more than to be seen as getting younger, but that idea did not extend to 12-year-old piano phenom Joey Alexander in this year’s jazz category.
Seen as something of a favorite in the wake of earning multiple nominations for music on his debut album “My Favorite Things” as well as a performance slot at the Grammys pre-show and broadcast, Alexander was shut out by Grammy voters, who instead opted for more familiar faces.
Veteran guitarist John Scofield won the Grammy for jazz instrumental album with his release “Past Present,” beating out recordings by previous Grammy winner Robert Glasper as well as Alexander, Terence Blanchard and Jimmy Greene.
Bandleader Maria Schneider won the Grammy in the large ensemble category for her lush orchestral recording “The Thompson Fields,” and Eliane Elias’ “Made in Brazil” took home honors in the latin jazz album category.
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