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For Your GRAMMY® Consideration

"Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album"
My George Jones Songbook, Staci Griesbach

"Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals"
"He Stopped Loving Her Today," Arr. Jeremy Siskind

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Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

My George Jones Songbook
Staci Griesbach

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"An instrument pitched somewhere between Rosemary Clooney sass and Diana Krall smokiness."

~ Jamie Lee Rake Shepherd-Express

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"She’ll open the doors of a world that you may have never desired, but once she lets you in, you might not want to leave."

~ George Harris, Jazz Weekly

"A savvy Los Angeles take on Nashville’s countrypolitan standards."

~ Marc Myers, JazzWax

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"This recording is by a vocalist who has taken risks and succeeded. Griesbach’s vocal range is exceptional."

~ William H. Snyder, All About Jazz

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"'My George Jones Sonbook' is good music."

~ William H. Snyder, All About Jazz

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"This recording is by a vocalist who has taken risks and succeeded. Griesbach’s vocal range is exceptional. The first six cuts begin with three of George Jones' melancholy melodramas. She then switches to an upbeat mainstream scat, followed by a Bossa Nova with English and Portuguese lyrics segueing to a Cole Porter preface for Norro Wilson's and George Richy's tune. By the end of the six openers the listener knows the girl can sing."

~ William H. Snyder, All About Jazz

Best Arrangement, Instruments & Vocals

"He Stopped Loving Her Today"
Arr. Jeremy Siskind

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Siskind is a two-time laureate of the American Pianists Association and the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition. Since making his professional debut juxtaposing Debussy’s Etudes with jazz standards at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Siskind has established himself as one of the nation’s most innovative and virtuosic modern pianists. Siskind’s multifaceted career often finds him combining musical styles and breaking aesthetic norms. On an recent duo album, Impressions of Debussy, Siskind explores Debussy’s Preludes through improvisation with saxophonist Andrew Rathbun. Similarly, his 2019 book-CD project, Perpetual Motion Etudes for Piano, blurs the line between classical, through-composed, piano etudes and jazz-based improvisations and invites other pianists to do the same through a beautifully self-published work that includes “Optional Improvisation Instructions” for each piece. A highly-respected educator, Siskind has written 13 publications with Hal Leonard, including the landmark instructional books Jazz Band Pianist and First Lessons in Piano Improv as well as his latest self-published instructional book, Playing Solo Jazz Piano.

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"Brilliant and accomplished."

~Fred Hersch

"A genuine visionary."

~Indianapolis Star

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My George Jones Songbook:
Behind The Arrangements

Best Arrangement, Instruments & Vocals

"Take Me"
Arr. Otmaro Ruiz

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Best Engineered Album, Non Classical

My George Jones Songbook
Steve Genewick, Talley Sherwood, Harriet Tam

Best Arrangement, Instruments & Vocals

"Take Me"
Arr. Otmaro Ruiz

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OTMARO RUIZ is a Multi Grammy Nominated pianist, keyboardist and arranger born in Venezuela and a resident of LA for the last 30 years. Otmaro has toured most recently with Randy Brecker & Bill Evans’ SoulBop, with Simon Phillips’ Protocol 4 and with Billy Cobham. Keeping versatility as his biggest asset, Mr, Ruiz has performed from Latin Jazz with Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente to Rock Pop with Robbie Robertson and Gino Vannelli; from Straight Ahead Jazz as Dianne Reeves' Musical director, Frank Morgan and Billy Higgins' Quartet to the most exciting Electric Fusion with John McLaughlin, Frank Gambale and the band Protocol. Otmaro has 6 Solo CD releases and, in the local LA scene, has participated in many recordings and film soundtracks. Otmaro was an adjunct jazz piano faculty at USC, Shepherd University and earned an Honorary Doctorate in Music in 2012.

"A high standard in both conception and performance."

~Michael Hochandel, The Daily Gazette

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"Ruiz’ compositions have a real sense of personal investment…"

~J Hunter, Albany Jazz

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Engineered Album, Non-Classical

My George Jones Songbook

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Steve Genewick

Grammy nominated recording engineer Steve Genewick has thirty years of experience, both as a studio and live recording and mix engineer. He has had the pleasure of working at legendary recording studios around the world such as Capitol Studios, United Recording, Village Recorders in LA, Abbey Road Studios in London, and La Fabrique in France.

Steve has worked primarily out of Capitol Studios as a staff engineer since 1994. At Capitol Studios he has worked with countless artists such as Elton John, Bastille, and Trisha Yearwood.

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Talley Sherwood

"It was a real pleasure to work on this project with so many talented musicians at the top of their game.  And kudos to Staci Greisbach for opening up a new collection of material for jazz singers! "

 

Tritone Recording is the personal studio of recording engineer Talley Sherwood.
 

Opened in early 2009, Talley Sherwood’s Tritone is designed for live tracking of acoustic instruments, mixing and mastering, and he’s worked with countless jazz artists including Bob Sheppard, Josh Nelson, Bill Cunliffe, Alan Broadbent and more.

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Harriet Tam

“It has been an honour and absolute joy to work with a vocalist like her who is willing to explore and celebrate the crossover between jazz and country music. Her musicality and artistry are shown through all of her unique renditions of the American Songbook. “

 

Harriet Tam is a Hong Kong born, LA based audio engineer who has worked with artists/ projects like Frances Bean Cobain, the Linda Lindas and Oscar winning film If Anything Happens I Love You. This is her third album working with Staci to track vocals, including Griesbach’s prior albums “My Patsy Cline Songbook” and “My Shania Twain Songbook.”  Tam is a sought-after engineer working at Tritone Recording, Sunset Sound and other Los Angeles studios.

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"Her musical approaches fittingly recast the textual breadth of Jones' work."

~ Jamie Lee Rake Shepherd-Express

"Griesbach and company have made something that will make you smile, feel, remember."

~ Paradigms Podcast, Baruch

"A gem of an album"

~ Randall Ridic, PopOff