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Four Eastman alumni win Grammy Awards

Four Eastman alumni win Grammy Awards

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esm-logo eastman school of music logoFour Eastman School of Music alumni were awarded Grammy Awards Sunday in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences 61st annual event.

Steve Gadd won the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for the Steve Gadd Band. It was his first Grammy. Gadd was inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2018 and this year will perform at the CGI International Jazz Festival.

Rob Paterson’s opera Three Way—A Trio of One-Act Operas was included in the credits for Blanton Alspaugh’s Producer of the Year Classical Album.

Best Solo Vocal Album went to Songs of Orpheus and included tenor Karim Sulayman, while Best Classical Compendium went to Spiritualist, which featured alumni D.J. Sparr, who played a guitar concerto on the album, called “Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist;’ Poems of Life; Glacier; Rush.”

The Eastman School was founded in 1921 by Rochester philanthropist George Eastman. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Some 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division, with one-quarter coming from other countries. The school has more than 95 full-time faculty members.

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