Alan Ferber “March Sublime” nominated for a Grammy!

I’m thrilled to announce that my big band record, “March Sublime”, has been nominated for a Grammy! Here’s the full list of nominees in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category:

Brooklyn Babylon
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Label: New Amsterdam Records

Night In Calisia
Randy Brecker, W_odek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
Label: Summit Records

Wild Beauty
Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano
Label: Half Note

March Sublime
Alan Ferber
Label: Sunnyside Records

Dave Slonaker Big Band
Label: Origin Records

A hearty congratulations to all of them and I look forward to hanging with them at the awards ceremony on January 26, 2014!

Here’s what Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen had to say about it:
From where I sit, it’s an interesting list. Of course, a lot of great music was overlooked as usual, but so too was Chick Corea’s release of this year, The Vigil. For decades, Corea has been a Grammy favourite, to the extent that at last year’s competition, Corea was competing against himself in two categories. I’m glad to see that the nominators have an ear for some music out of Brooklyn, such as the big band recordings of Darcy James Argue and Alan Ferber and Donny McCaslin’s Casting For Gravity CD. Also, if I were Mack Avenue Records, I’d be jumping up and down.

March Sublime released on Sunnyside Records

Contemporary big band music is music made primarily for the sheer enjoyment of it. There will likely be little remuneration and it will take a lot of work and time. To make a successful big band there has to be a sense of community and enthusiasm for the music. Trombonist/composer Alan Ferber has created a band of friends who play his daring music with an unmatched energy and grace. This dynamism and rapport is in full display on Alan Ferber Big Band’s new recording, March Sublime. Visit Sunnyside records here

Alan Ferber Wins New Jazz Works Commissioning Grant

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble musicians, has announced the recipients of its 2013 commissioning grants, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. CMA will distribute $421,950 to 19 ensembles through two of its major grant programs: New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The grantees in each program were selected by independent peer panels this spring. For more information, click here.

Search and Restore Interview

Alan is interviewed by Search and Restore about March Sublime. See more here.