Grammy Award For Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
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Grammy Award For Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album has been presented since 1961. From 1962 to 1971 and 1979 to 1991 the award title specified instrumental performances. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

Name changes

The name of the award has been changed several times.

  • 1961: Best Jazz Performance Large Group
  • 1962-1963: Best Jazz Performance - Large Group (Instrumental)
  • 1964: Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group
  • 1965-1971: Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group or Soloist with Large Group
  • 1972-1978: Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band
  • 1979-1991: Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
  • 1992-2000: Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
  • 2001-present: Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album


Year Performer Album
1961 Henry Mancini The Blues and the Beat
1962 Stan Kenton Kenton's West Side Story
1963 Stan Kenton Adventures in Jazz
1964 Woody Herman Encore: Woody Herman, 1963
1965 Laurindo Almeida Guitar from Ipanema
1966 Duke Ellington Ellington '66
1967 none none
1968 Duke Ellington The Far East Suite
1969 Duke Ellington ...And His Mother Called Him Bill
1970 Quincy Jones Walking in Space
1971 Miles Davis Bitches Brew
1972 Duke Ellington New Orleans Suite
1973 Duke Ellington Togo Brava Suite
1974 Woody Herman Giant Steps
1975 Woody Herman Thundering Herd
1976 Phil Woods Images
1977 Duke Ellington The Ellington Suites
1978 Count Basie Prime Time
1979 The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra Live in Munich
1980 Duke Ellington Duke Ellington at Fargo, 1940 Live
1981 Count Basie On the Road
1982 Gerry Mulligan Walk on the Water
1983 Count Basie Warm Breeze
1984 Rob McConnell All in Good Time
1985 Count Basie 88 Basie Street
1986 Bob Wilber & John Barry The Cotton Club
1987 Doc Severinsen The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen
1988 Mercer Ellington Digital Duke
1989 Gil Evans Bud and Bird
1990 Miles Davis Aura
1991 Frank Foster Basie's Bag
1992 Dizzy Gillespie Live at the Royal Festival Hall
1993 McCoy Tyner The Turning Point
1994 Miles Davis & Quincy Jones Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux
1995 McCoy Tyner Journey
1996 Tom Scott, GRP All-Star Big Band All Blues
1997 Grover Mitchell Live at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
1998 Joe Henderson Big Band
1999 Grover Mitchell, Count Basie Orchestra Count Plays Duke
2000 Bob Florence Serendipity 18
2001 Joe Lovano 52nd Street Themes
2002 Bob Mintzer Homage to Count Basie
2003 Dave Holland What Goes Around
2004 Michael Brecker Wide Angles
2005 Maria Schneider Concert in the Garden
2006 Dave Holland Overtime
2007 Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, WDR Big Band Some Skunk Funk
2008 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)
2009 Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard
2010 New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Book One
2011 Mingus Big Band Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard
2012 Christian McBride Big Band The Good Feeling
2013 Arturo Sandoval Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)


Year Performer Album Nominees Ref.
2014 Randy Brecker, W?odek Pawlik Trio, Kalisz Philharmonic Night in Calisia
2015 Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Life in the Bubble
2016 Maria Schneider Orchestra The Thompson Fields
2017 Ted Nash Big Band Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom [4]
2018 Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It
  • John Beasley - Monk'estra Vol. 2
  • Alan Ferber Big Band - Jigsaw
  • Vince Mendoza & the WDR Big Band Cologne - Homecoming
  • Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge - Whispers on the Wind
2019 John Daversa Big Band ft. DACA Artists American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom
2020 Brian Lynch Big Band The Omni-American Book Club
2021 Maria Schneider Orchestra Data Lords

See also


  1. ^ "Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List". Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "57th Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "58th Grammy Nominees". Grammy. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "59th Grammy Nominees". Grammy. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^, 28 November 2017
  6. ^, 7 December 2018
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ 2021 Nominations List


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