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Catching up with Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy nominations

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Two major musical events went down over the weekend. On Sunday, Herbie Hancock joined Billy Joel, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. Here’s how the AP reported the jazz giant’s celebration.

Hancock, 73, got his start at the piano at age 7 while growing up in Chicago. Soon he was playing Mozart and discovered jazz in high school. He joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963 and later set out to create his own sounds, fusing jazz, funk, pop, gospel, soul and blues. He has won an Oscar and 14 Grammys so far.
Bill O'Reilly of Fox News led the tributes for Hancock.
"I know, I'm surprised too," he said.
Hancock stands out as a "remarkable American" and "remarkable artist," O'Reilly said. Though he's no expert on music, "I just know what I like."
Jazz greats Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Jack DeJohnette and others played a tribute for Hancock's work. And Snoop Dogg took the stage and brought some rap into the mix to celebrate Hancock's influence on the birth of hip-hop.
"Herbie we love you, baby," he said. "Thank you for creating hip-hop."

Friday night saw the release of the 2014 Grammy nominations. Here are the nods for the jazz, Latin jazz and blues categories. Northern California talent including Wayne Wallace and Charlie Musselwhite are among the familiar names. The Instrumental Album category is particularly strong with Christian McBride and Gerald Clayton.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Don't Run - Terence Blanchard, soloist
Song For Maura - Paquito D'Rivera, soloist
Song Without Words #4: Duet - Fred Hersch, soloist
Stadium Jazz - Donny McCaslin, soloist
Orbits - Wayne Shorter, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album
The World According To Andy Bey - Andy Bey
Attachments - Lorraine Feather
Liquid Spirit - Gregory Porter
WomanChild - Cécile McLorin Salvant
After Blue - Tierney Sutton

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Guided Tour - The New Gary Burton Quartet
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue - Terri Lyne Carrington
Life Forum - Gerald Clayton
Pushing The World Away - Kenny Garrett
Out Here - Christian McBride Trio

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Brooklyn Babylon - Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Night In Calisia - Randy Brecker, Wuodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
Wild Beauty - Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano
March Sublime - Alan Ferber
Intrada - Dave Slonaker Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album
La Noche Más Larga – Buika
Song For Maura - Paquito D'Rivera And Trio Corrente
Yo - Roberto Fonseca
Eggun - Omar Sosa
Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin - Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

Best Blues Album
Remembering Little Walter - Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman
Cotton Mouth Man - James Cotton
Get Up! - Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Seesaw - Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
Down In Louisiana - Bobby Rush

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