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Reinstatement of Best Latin Jazz Album -- GRAMMYS - Thank You for your Support 

Reinstatement of Best Latin Jazz Album -- GRAMMYS June 8, 2012 To all who supported the Petition to reinstate Latin Jazz to the GRAMMY'S, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS) has reinstated Latin Jazz for GRAMMY consideration! While this is great news and reason to celebrate there is still room to… Read more

Open Letter from John Santos: NARAS Oblivious to the Obivious - Feb. 18, 2012 

NARAS OBLIVIOUS TO THE OBVIOUS by John Santos The epic and historical blunder committed last April by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was etched into the archives last week by the conspicuous absence of the 31 categories they pulled from Grammy consideration, and the musically vacuous telecast they promoted (at… Read more

Please Write SF Board of Supervisors to Support Musical Diversity at the Grammys 

Greetings, I am writing to ask you for your support of our musicians and those who work on the forefront of LIVE MUSIC to take a few minutes and write the following San Francisco Board of Supervisors asking them to pass the resolution - click here to read that SF Arts Commissioners Dr. John Calloway presented and was unanimously… Read more

A letter from John Santos - Occupy and Boycott the Grammy Telecast in February 

Posted by John Santos in the Latin Jazz Yahoo Group November 3, 2011 - with aprroval of Mr. Santos I repost. Thanks to all who sent B-day wishes thru the LJ forum and privately - that's much appreciated. And thank you Gary for mentioning the relevance of the Occupy Wallstreet/Occupy Oakland/ Occupy Your Heart movement… Read more

Letter from Bobby Sanabria Re: NPR Coverage of Latin Jazz Musicians File Suit Against The Grammy's  

There are several extremely important things that were not mentioned in the NPR piece that concern me... Just for the record - the plaintiffs in this case, besides Mark Levine, are Ben Lapidus, Bobby Sanabria and Eugene Marlow. The decision by NARAS to eliminate the 31 categories was done in complete, utter SECRECY… Read more

NPR: by Felix Contreras: Latin Jazz Musicians File Suit Against The Grammy's 

September 14, 2011 In April, the board of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), which oversees the Grammy Awards, announced that with next year's ceremony, the number of awards handed out would be cut from 109 to 78. Categories like best R&B vocal performance by a male, by a female and by a group were merged… Read more

News Articles covering Recording Artists NARAS Lawsuit - CNN, BBC, Reuters, MSNBC and more 

Here is a list of articles that have been written regarding the NARAS decision to eliminate the 31 Categories for GRAMMY consideration. FYI, a web portal in Lebanon picked up our story through AFP. I saw the clip a while ago, and can't find it. … Read more