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54th annual Grammy Awards: DL Media clients receive eight nominations in six categories from NARAS voting members

In a news release, DL Media announces the following jazz artists who have received nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards:

Best Jazz Vocal Album

 The Mosaic Project
Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists
[Concord Jazz]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

[Mack Avenue Records]    

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Good Feeling

Christian McBride Big Band
[Mack Avenue Records]

40 Acres And A Burro
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Gerald Wilson Orchestra
[Mack Avenue Records]

Best Reggae Album

Harlem-Kingston Express Live!
Monty Alexander
[Motéma Music]  

Best Instrumental Composition

Russell Ferrante, composer (Yellowjackets)
Track from: Timeline
[Mack Avenue Records

Best Instrumental Arrangement
Accompanying Vocalist(s) 

Ao Mar
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza)
Track from: Nights On Earth

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Michael Franti and Spearhead replace Lenny Kravitz at JAS Labor Day Weekend Festival

Michael Franti

According to a recent news release, organizers of the JAS Labor Day weekend festival announced today that Michael Franti & Spearhead will replace Lenny Kravitz, for his previously announced performance on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at the JAS festival. Michael Franti & Spearhead will co-headline and perform prior to the Zac Brown Band, winner of the Best New Artist award at the 2011 Grammys, in Franti’s only scheduled 2011 appearance in Colorado.

Representatives of Kravitz explained to JAS that the release of his new record, previously scheduled for early spring 2011, had been pushed back to fall 2011, and thus his scheduled summer 2011 tour had been postponed.  Festival organizers and representatives of the artist are looking to potentially reschedule the performance for 2012, pending artist availability, but no commitment has been made yet.
Michael Franti & Spearhead have previously performed at the JAS festival in two acclaimed shows, including a single day attendance record set in 2007 in a co-bill with the Allman Brothers Band.    
Individuals who have purchased tickets to the Lenny Kravitz show on Sept 4, 2011, may get a refund if processed by May 1, 2011Previously announced artists at the Sept. 2-4, 2011, festival include Steely Dan, Zac Brown Band, Girl Talk, Thievery Corporation, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Fitz & the Tantrums and the Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses.