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Esperanza Spalding up for Best New Artist Grammy, Co-Host Pre-Telecast Show

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Esperanza Spalding, one of the leading lights in jazz today with two critically acclaimed CDs since 2008, surprisingly, is not among the nominees in any of the jazz categories of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday February 13, 2011 at the Staple Centre, Los Angeles, California.

Instead, Spalding, who will co-host the Grammy pre-telecast show with Bobby McFerrin, is up for Best New Artist Grammy.

Below are the nominations in selected Jazz Categories :

Best Contemporary Jazz Album The Stanley Clarke Band (The Stanley Clarke Band), Never Can Say Goodbye (Joey DeFrancesco) Now Is The Time (Jeff Lorber Fusion) To The One (John McLaughlin) Backatown (Trombone Shorty)

Best Jazz Vocal Album Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee (Dee Dee Bridgewater) Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B (Freddy Cole) When Lights Are Low(Denise Donatelli) Ages (Lorraine Feather) Water (Gregory Porter)

Best Improvised Jazz Solo Solar (Alan Broadbent) Track from: Live At Giannelli Square: Volume 1 A Change Is Gonna Come (Herbie Hancock) Track from: The Imagine Project Body And Soul (Keith Jarrett) Track from: Jasmine Lonely Woman (Hank Jones) Track from: Pleased To Meet You Van Gogh (Wynton Marsalis) Track from: Portrait In Seven Shades (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra)

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group Positootly! (John Beasley) The New Song And Dance (Clayton Brothers) Historicity (Vijay Iyer Trio) Moody 4B (James Moody) Providencia (Danilo Perez)

Best Latin Jazz Album Tango Grill (Pablo Aslan) Second Chance (Hector Martignon) Psychedelic Blues (Poncho Sanchez) Chucho's Steps (Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers) ¡Bien Bien! (Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet)

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