Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo

The Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo has been awarded since 1959. Before 1979 the award title did not specify instrumental performances and was presented for instrumental or vocal performances. The award has had several minor name changes:

  • In 1959 the award was known as Best Jazz Performance, Individual
  • In 1960 it was awarded as Best Jazz Performance - Soloist
  • From 1961 to 1971 the award was combined with the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
  • From 1972 to 1978 it was awarded as Best Jazz Performance by a Soloist
  • From 1979 to 1988 it was awarded as Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
  • From 1989 to 1990 it was awarded as Best Jazz Instrumental Performance Soloist (on a jazz recording)
  • In 1991 it was awarded as Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
  • From 1992 to 2008 it was awarded as Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
  • Since 2009 it has been awarded as Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Winners and nominees

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1959–2014

YearMusicianAlbum or Song
1959Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook
1960Ella FitzgeraldElla Swings Lightly
1972Bill EvansThe Bill Evans Album
1973Gary BurtonAlone at Last
1974Art TatumGod Is in the House
1975Charlie ParkerFirst Recordings!
1976Dizzy GillespieOscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie
1977Count BasieBasie & Zoot
1978Oscar PetersonThe Giants
1979Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson Jam – Montreux '77
1980Oscar PetersonJousts
1981Bill EvansI Will Say Goodbye
1982John ColtraneBye Bye Blackbird
1983Miles DavisWe Want Miles
1984Wynton MarsalisThink of One
1985Wynton MarsalisHot House Flowers
1986Wynton MarsalisBlack Codes (From the Underground)
1987Miles DavisTutu
1988Dexter GordonThe Other Side of Round Midnight
1989Michael BreckerDon't Try This at Home
1990Miles DavisAura
1991Oscar PetersonThe Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio Live at the Blue Note
1992Stan GetzI Remember You
1993Joe HendersonLush Life
1994Joe HendersonMiles Ahead
1995Benny CarterPrelude to a Kiss
1996Michael BreckerImpressions
1997Michael BreckerCabin Fever
1998Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton"Stardust"
1999Gary Burton & Chick CoreaRhumbata
2000Wayne ShorterIn Walked Wayne
2001Pat Metheny"(Go) Get It"
2002Michael Brecker"Chan's Song"
2003Herbie HancockMy Ship
2004Chick CoreaMatrix
2005Herbie Hancock"Speak Like a Child"
2006Sonny Rollins"Why Was I Born?"
2007Michael Brecker"Some Skunk Funk"
2008Michael Brecker"Anagram"
2009Terence Blanchard"Be-Bop"
2010Terence Blanchard"Dancin' 4 Chicken"
2011Herbie Hancock"A Change Is Gonna Come"
2012Chick Corea"500 Miles High"
2013Gary Burton & Chick Corea"Hot House"
2014Wayne Shorter"Orbits"


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