Kansas City can boast three Grammy winners and four nominees

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Kansas Citians took home some hardware at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards last night. These winners and nominees had a variety of roles in the awards roster including producing, singing, playing saxophone, and more.


David Frost (Producer of the Year, Classical)

Frost won the music industry’s highest honor for his role in seven recordings including the Kansas City Symphony’s “Holst: The Planets; The Perfect Fool.”

The symphony released their latest CD in November on Referenced Recordings called “Jonathan Leshnoff: Symphony No. 3 and Piano Concerto.”

“Thanks to that triumvirate: the Kansas City Symphony, Reference Records, and David Frost the recordings that we made are very special,” says music director Michael Stern to 91.9 Classical KC.

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Best Opera Recording)

David Morgans Sanchez, who was born and raised in Kansas City, made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in their production of “Porgy and Bess.” He appears on the grammy-winning opera recording in the chorus and as a featured soloist.

Sanchez earned a bachelor’s in music from William Jewell College and a master’s in music from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

John Legend: Bigger Love (Best R&B Album)

Justus West, a musician and producer from Overland Park, shares writing and producing credit on the track “Always”.

He has previously worked with a range of musicians including Mac Miller and John Mayer.

Kansas Citians who were nominated but did not win this year:

Joyce DiDonato (Best Opera Recording)

DiDonato, a mezzo-soprano, grew up in Prairie Village and earned a nomination for “Handel: Agrippina. She has won three grammy’s and has been nominated for nine.

Kansas City Chorale (Best Choral Performance)

The recording “Kastalsky: Requiem” featured the KCC and was also up for Producer of the Year, Classical, for Blanton Alspaugh. It was conducted by artistic director Charles Bruffy.

“Well, we didn’t win our third Grammy award but just being nominated is such an honor for us,” wrote executive director Don Loncasty in an email.

Pat Metheny (Best Arrangement)

The jazz guitarist and composer from Lee’s Summit has taken home 20 Grammys out of 37 nominations. This year he was recognized for his arrangement on the recording “From This Place”.

Logan Richardson (Best Jazz Instrumental Album)

Richardson, an alto saxophonist, bandleader, composer, and producer maintains a home in Kansas City. He played on the recording “Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard”.

The talented musician attended Paseo High School and Saturday classes at the American Jazz Museum.

“Kansas City has a really beautiful beat that only exists in that town,” Richardson says. “Not even the Midwest, but specially in Kansas City.”

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