|A pair of Jazz Artists with big San Diego connections took away honors in the 2014 Downbeat Critics Poll announced on the Downbeat website Monday, June 23, 2014. |Gregory Porter
, who's musical career took off during his time in San Diego in the 00's and who's 2014 Grammy Winning Best Vocal Jazz Album "Liquid Spirit" was produced by San Diego Jazz musician and producer Kamau Kenyatta, took away the Downbeat Male Vocalist
nod. That follows his recent 2014 Jazz Journalist Award
for Male Singer of the Year. Gregory was interviewed on The New Jazz Thing on October 28, 2013
when "Liquid Spirit" was at the top of the Jazzweek.com Jazz Album Chart.
Other big winners in the 62 Downbeat Critic Poll categories
include Singer-songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant
(Jazz Album of the Year "WomanChild" / Female Vocalist / Rising Star–Jazz Artist / Rising Star–Female Vocalist) and Maria Schneider
(Big Band / Composer /Arranger). The complete list
is available on the Downbeat website.
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