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|Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album|
|Awarded for||Quality performances in the Latin jazz music genre|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
The Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality works (songs or albums) in the Latin jazz music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".
Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance, the award was first presented to Arturo Sandoval in 1995. The name of the category was changed to Best Latin Jazz Album in 2001, the same year producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the winning work became award recipients in addition to the recording artists. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to "vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material", with the intent to recognize the "blending" of jazz music with Argentinian, Brazilian, Iberian-American, and Latin tango music. Beginning in 1998, members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS) are eligible to vote in the Latin categories including Best Latin Jazz Album.
As of 2016, Paquito D'Rivera and Chucho Valdés share the record for the most wins in this category, with three each. Two-time recipients include Sandoval, Charlie Haden, and Eddie Palmieri (once as a collaboration called The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project). Since its inception, the award has been presented to musicians or groups originating from Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Ray Barretto and Wayne Wallace hold the record for the most nominations without a win, with four.
The award was not presented in 2012 as part of a major overhaul of Grammy categories; Latin jazz recordings were shifted to either the Best Jazz Instrumental Album or Best Jazz Vocal Album categories. However following protests and a lawsuit made by Latin jazz musicians, the Recording Academy announced it would be bringing back the category for the 55th Grammy Awards.
|1995||Arturo Sandoval||Danzón (Dance On)|||
|1997||Paquito D'Rivera||Portraits of Cuba|||
|1998||Roy Hargrove's Crisol||Habana|||
|1999||Arturo Sandoval||Hot House|||
|2000||Poncho Sanchez||Latin Soul|||
|2001||Chucho Valdés||Live at the Village Vanguard|||
|2003||Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project||The Gathering|||
|2004||Michel Camilo, Charles Flores, and Horacio Hernandez||Live at the Blue Note|||
|2005||Charlie Haden||Land of the Sun|||
|2006||Eddie Palmieri||Listen Here!|||
|2007||The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project||Simpático|
|2008||Paquito D'Rivera Quintet?||Funk Tango|||
|2009||Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra||Song for Chico|||
|2010||Bebo Valdés and Chucho Valdés||Juntos Para Siempre|||
|2011||Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers||Chucho's Steps||
|2013||Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band||Ritmo!|||
|2014||Paquito D'Rivera and Trio Corrente||Song for Maura|||
|2015||Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra||The Offense of the Drum|||
|2016||Eliane Elias||Made in Brazil|||
|2017||Chucho Valdés||Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac|||
|2018||Pablo Ziegler Trio||Jazz Tango|||
|2019||Dafnis Prieto Big Band||Back to the Sunset|||
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.