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Alums Nominated for 2016 Grammy Awards

Robert Glasper, BFA Performance ’01, Media Studies alumna Nathalie Joachim, and Jessica Thompson (MA Media Studies ’05) could be seeing Grammy gold in their futures.

Glasper, a perennial Grammy contender, has been nominated once again this year in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for his LP, “Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios.” The album was released under the guise of his band, The Robert Glasper Trio.

The nomination follow’s Glasper’s win last year in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category for his song, “Jesus Children” with Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner. He also took home the award for Best R&B Album for “Black Radio” in 2013.

Joachim and her band, who studied audio production and sound design, received a nomination in Best Choral Performance category with her band, Eighth Blackbird. The sextet previously took home three Grammy Awards in the Best Chamber Music Performance category for its albums “Strange Imaginary Animals”(2008), “Lonely Motel: Music from Slide” (2011) and “Meanwhile” (2013).

Joachim, who completed her undergraduate studies at The Julliard School, is the co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix. After graduating from The New School, she joined Eighth Blackbird as the group’s flutist.

Thompson, a mastering and restoration engineer and archiving specialist, was nominated in the Best Historical Album category for her work mastering and restoring the iconic Erroll Garner live album, “The Complete Concert By The Sea.” Thompson has digitized, restored and revived historic recordings from the Bottom Line, Caffe Lena, and Woody Guthrie Archives and the Newport Jazz and Folk Festival.

Tune into The 57th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS on Sunday, February 8 at 8 p.m.

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