Grammy spotlight shines on the Center

2/10/2017 4:21:38 PM

UPDATE: Vince Gill of the Time Jumpers claimed the American Roots Song award for "Kid Sister."

Anoushka Shankar, Joey Alexander, Time Jumpers
among nominees for Sunday's awards presentations

Three artists with upcoming shows at the Center for the Performing Arts will be paying close attention, we assume, when the 59th annual Grammy Awards are presented Sunday night.

Indian musician Anoushka Shankar, jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander and Nashville veterans the Time Jumpers are among this year’s Grammy nominees.

Shankar, who carries on the sitar legacy of her father, Ravi Shankar, appears March 24 at the Tarkington. Her latest album, Land of Gold, is nominated in the World Music Album category. She has four previous Grammy nominations.

Alexander, now at the seasoned age of 13, earned two Grammy nominations last year and even performed during the telecast. This year, he is nominated in the Improvised Jazz Solo category for his recording of John Coltrane’s “Countdown,” the title song of Alexander's second and latest album. His trio performs March 25 at the Tarkington.

The Time Jumpers, a collective of Nashville session musicians and stars who recreate the classic Western swing sound, scored two Grammy nominations this year, bring their total to six.

Their album Kid Sister is up for the Americana Album prize, and band member Vince Gill is nominated in the American Roots Song category for writing the album’s title song. They will perform April 28 at the Palladium.

Other past Grammy nominees and winners on the upcoming Center for the Performing Arts schedule include Martina McBride (Feb. 23), Yellowjackets (Feb. 24), Kenny G (April 6), Kenny Rogers (April 7), Simon Shaheen (April 8) and Michael Feinstein (April 29, with Cheyenne Jackson).