PROTEST OF GRAMMY TRAVESTY NARAS ERASES 31 CATEGORIES FROM GRAMMYS

Protest NARAS Sunday, May 22, 2011 — 1 PM Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 East 3rd Street Open to the Public
GRAMMY WINNERS Latin Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Cajun, Zydeco, Hawaiian, Polka, Traditional World, and certain gospel, Blues, R&B, and Mexican categories, among others, have all been unceremoniously erased.

RESS CONFERENCE IN PROTEST OF GRAMMY TRAVESTY
PROTEST NARAS – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sunday, May 22, 2011 — 1 PM
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street
between Avenues B & C
New York City
(212) 780.9386
Bobby Sanabria
May 9, 2011
Phone: 917.539.4647
nujackrican@yahoo.com

May 22nd PRESS CONFERENCE IN PROTEST OF GRAMMY TRAVESTY
NARAS ERASES 31 CATEGORIES FROM GRAMMYS
OUTRAGED MUSIC COMMUNITY RESPONDS
The world-famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Lower East Side of
Manhattan, N.Y., will host a press conference by artists, presenters,
celebrities and media to voice opposition to the recent announcement by
the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) to eliminate
Latin Jazz from Grammy consideration along with many other styles of
music which represent the musical diversity of the American musical
landscape.
There will be brief statements presented in support of the reinstatement
of the eliminated fields followed by Q&A. Among the distinguished panel
of presenters and others from the various  musical communities affected by this decision will be:
Eddie Palmieri – Legendary pianist, 8-time Grammy winner and former NARAS
Board of Governors member, responsible for getting Latin jazz recognized as a
category;
Larry Harlow – Legendary Salsa pianist/bandleader, former NARAS Board of
Governors member, responsible for getting Salsa recognized as a category,
3-time Grammy nominee;
Arturo O’Farrill – Grammy winner, pianist, bandleader, educator;
Bobby Sanabria Drummer, percussionist, bandleader, educator, 4-time Grammy nominee,
May 22nd press-conference moderator;
René Lopez  Grammy-winning producer, Latin-music historian, advisor to
Jazz at Lincoln Center;
Candido Camero – Legendary conguero, NEA Jazz Master;
Ned Sublette – N.Y. Times bestselling author of Cuba and Its Music: From
The First Drums
to the Mambo and New Orleans: After The Flood; President, QBA Disc
Records;
T.J. English – N.Y.Times bestselling author of The Westies, Havana
Nocturne, The Savage City;
Chris Washburne – Trombonist, Professor of Ethnomusioclogy at Columbia
University,  Director of Jazz Studies;
Jochem Becher – President of ZOHO Records;
Ivan Acosta Award-winning film maker, President of Latin Jazz U.S.A.,
NARAS Committee Member Latin Music;
Randy Klein – President of Jazzheads Records, pianist, composer, 4-time
EMMY winner;
Jackie Harris  Executive Director, Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp; New
Orleans, Louisiana.
THIS PRESS CONFERENCE IS COMPLETELY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC,
NO RSVP NEEDED!!!
The ill-advised April 6th announcement by NARAS to cut thirty-one
categories from the celebrated Grammy awards has been met with shock and
loud protests nationally and internationally. Latin Jazz, Contemporary
Jazz, Cajun, Zydeco, Hawaiian, Polka, Traditional World, and certain
gospel, Blues, R&B, and Mexican categories, among others, have all been
unceremoniously erased.
At various regional chapter meetings, NARAS has defended the cuts as
being fair and well thought out, although they were made behind closed
doors with no input from the membership nor from the respective boards of
governors of the regional chapters. This action clearly caters to the
established pop and commercial styles that have always dominated the
Awards and the controversial annual TV show.
As the grassroots movement from the public sector is going viral, and the
unrest and distrust from within the NARAS membership has skyrocketed from
coast to coast, NARAS stock responses have done little to quell the
ground spring of questions about their motives.
The May 22nd press conference follows one on May 9th at Yoshi’s in
Oakland, CA, where considerable opposition to this unprecedented
decision, as culturally insensitive and non-supportive of musical
diversity, was made by leading musicians including 5X Grammy nominee,
John Santos; Grammy-nominated vocalist, Sandy Cressman; members of the Carlos Santana band; Grammy-nominated trombonist, Wayne Wallace; Randall Kline, Head of the SF Jazz Fest; Peter Williams of Yoshi’s and more.
For related background info, articles, letters to and from NARAS, growing petition with more than 2500 signatures, www.GrammyWatch.info

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