Thursday, June 2, 2011

Letters To NARAS: Rachel Faro Writes About The Latin Jazz Grammy

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This was written in response to the “restructuring” of The Grammy Awards, a move that included the elimination of the Latin Jazz Grammy.

"I’ve been a member of NARAS since 1982 and my connection with the Academy goes back to when I appeared on the Grammies as a teenage member of the LA cast of Hair. I’ve done just about everything one can do in the music business from recording as a major label artist for RCA to producing over thirty albums of all kinds of music from blues to world to jazz to New Age to salsa (three of which have received Grammy Nominations), to owning and operating an independent record label. I am one of the few women around who has produced so many albums and who has been her own boss at her own label.

Never have I experienced the Academy to be in so much danger of losing its relevance to those of us who are experienced recording professionals. Cutting out so many categories is one of the worst things to have happened to the Academy and the repercussions of this shall last for years to come. Instead of strengthening the Academy you have weakened it. "

See full letter and supporting text at the best Latin jazz blog to be found, Chip Boaz's Latin Jazz Corner:

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