Motéma Music Scores Two Wins at 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards


Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Instrumental Composition:

“Spoken At Midnight” – Ted Nash, composer


Motéma Music is honored with two wins at the 59th Annual GRAMMY® Award Ceremony on Sunday,

February 12. Saxophonist/composer Ted Nash won in the “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” and

“Best Instrumental Composition” categories for his latest project, Presidential Suite: Eight Variations

On Freedom, and Nash’s original composition “Spoken At Midnight” (featured on the project). These

mark Nash’s first GRAMMY® wins (following a previous nomination).

“I am so honored to be recognized by the Academy and by my friends and peers in the music industry. I

am blessed to be a musician and have the opportunity to use my art as an expression of thoughts,

feelings and ideas,” reflects Ted Nash. “Presidential Suite is about human rights and freedom around the

world. Now, more than ever, this is extremely relevant and I hope that people continue to find inspiration

in the great speeches that inspired this music. I want to thank Kabir Sehgal and the whole team behind

the production, all the great musicians and guest readers who gave their creativity and soul into the

recording, and Jana Herzen and everyone at Motéma for believing in this project. I also want to thank

Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center for commissioning this music. Mostly I want to thank my

parents for opening our home and embracing people of all backgrounds.”

“We are so pleased that the Academy has recognized Ted Nash with these awards,” says Jana Herzen,

President of Motéma Music. “Presidential Suite intertwines the art forms of acting, political

speech writing, large ensemble jazz composition and historical journalism to create a potent, culturally

trenchant exploration of the power and nature of freedom. This inspirational project champions and

exemplifies the highest integrity in political and artistic spheres and is a must hear and must read. Many

thanks to all voters at The Academy for honoring Ted.”

About Ted Nash’s Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom

Multi-GRAMMY®-winning composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and longtime Jazz at Lincoln Center

Orchestra member Ted Nash‘s sweeping opus, Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom,

which marked his debut on Motéma Music, features the Ted Nash Big Band comprised of many members

of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra along with special guest Wynton Marsalis and also features eight

influential figures from the worlds of entertainment and politics. The eight movement suite is an ambitious,

culturally trenchant spoken word and music project featuring political speech excerpts by 20th century

World Leaders – John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Winston

Churchill, Jawaharlal Nehru, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Nelson Mandela – read by key political and arts

figures – Glenn Close, Deepak Chopra, Joe Lieberman, Sam Waterston, Douglas Brinkley

(historian/author), David Miliband, William vanden Heuvel and Andrew Young – and transformed into

transcendent modern jazz by Nash and his first class big band.

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About Motéma Music

Harlem-based, multi-GRAMMY® winning Motéma Music has promoted Artists of Power and Distinction

since 2003. With 18 GRAMMY® nominations and four wins in jazz, reggae and R&B, Motéma has gained

an international reputation as a tastemaker label with an art-first philosophy. The label has launched the

debuts of some of today’s highest-flying talents including Gregory Porter, Joey Alexander and Pedrito

Martinez. Motéma’s diverse catalog of over 150 acclaimed recordings embraces up-and-coming

breakthrough artists, established leaders/composers and bonafide music legends in jazz, world, soul and

the singer/songwriter genres.

Artists of Power and Distinction.


Voted Jazz Journalists Association Awards’

2015 & 2016 Label of the Year


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