"Not THOSE Awards" Concert

All-Star Jam Session on GRAMMY night will celebrate Latin Jazz and other eliminated categories at Mama Juana's Feb. 12

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: February 2, 2012

"Not THOSE Awards" Concert

Man! Seems like almost EVERYBODY that needs a tan must come from Arizona!

I received this press release from some VERY talented Latino Artists, all of them who agreed with my tirade against the so-called artificial & self serving "Latin Grammy " Award Shows a couple of years ago.

Basically a UNIVISION commercial about some non-US Latin music artists hardly anybody in the US had ever heard of, especially US Latino music artists (i.e. WE KNOW ENGLISH), in efforts to convince an unsuspecting public that the Latin Grammy honestly portrayed what was happening in today's Latin music world , and that's where investment dollars should go if you want a piece of the Latino market, while leaving out Chicano artists and the Chicano music world.

Well...they got laughed off the map...now we look towards another teetering empire.

My first idea would be to de-certify this so-called "Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences" as irrelevant and obsolete, knock the self-appointed executive board on their nalgas without a foot in the music world door to let them know what it feels like to be unfairly treated. Then, start all over with a new 'Academy" made up of true, appreciative and respectful artists that involve all genres of music fairly for the people to judge and choose...

But alas...I have no say so in the matter, but that doesn't mean I have to accept something happening in my beloved music world that isn't right...

So I'm joining a politically correct, non-violent protest that I can still party and dance to, while joining many in TOTALLY ignoring the televised Grammy Awards and hoping the ratings will falter, and somebody loses money behind it.

Too ioealistic to be true?...pues orale!..gotta start somewhere!



All-Star Jam Session on GRAMMY Night will Celebrate Latin Jazz and Other Categories Eliminated by NARAS

While the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is giving out its coveted GRAMMY statuettes at Staples Center on February 12, many of America's most talented Latin music artists will hold a special concert in Los Angeles to protest the elimination of their musical categories from the 2012 GRAMMY Awards.

The Not Those Awards All-Star Latin Jazz Jam will take place at the renowned Mama Juana's nightclub in Studio City starting at 4:00 p.m. on February 12 and continuing into the night. Ray Carrion and His Latin Jazz All Stars will be joined by many special guests including two-time GRAMMY winner Oscar Hernandez, multiple GRAMMY nominee John Santos, Bobby Matos, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez and Susie Hansen. An expanded list of special guests is available at www.grammywatch.org.

Latin jazz artist and educator Bobby Matos, the spokesperson for the Los Angeles GRAMMY Watch Group, said "We are holding this concert to remind music fans about all the great music that has been eliminated from the GRAMMYs. To paraphrase what Frank Sinatra said at the first GRAMMY Awards in 1959, 'Remember, the awards are about excellence, not popularity.' It is part of NARAS' mission to support the diversity of all American music. The current NARAS administration, under Neil Portnow, is failing that one. The category cuts NARAS made in 2011 eliminated from this year's awards many of the genres that are the roots of American popular music."

On April 6, 2011, NARAS president Neil Portnow's surprise announcement shocked its more than 21,000 members: The Academy eliminated nearly one-third of its categories, thereby decreasing the number of 2012 GRAMMY Awards from 109 to 78. The decision by NARAS greatly reduces the chances of the artists composing, arranging and performing music in those categories to win the music industry's most coveted award ÔÇô The GRAMMY.

Eliminated categories include Latin jazz, contemporary jazz, Native American, Zydeco, Cajun, classical, Hawaiian, regional Mexican and world music as well as contemporary blues, Haitian, polka and other ethnic music categories.

The Not Those Awards All-Star Latin Jazz Jam is open to the public. A $10 donation is requested.

Mama Juana's is located at 3707 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Studio City, CA, 91604. One of the top nightclubs in Los Angeles, Mama Juana's features the best in live Latin music and salsa dancing. The club offers an extensive menu of Latin and Caribbean drinks and cuisine and during the concert all dinners will be half-price. For more information call 818-505-8636 or visit www.mamajuanas.com.


The GRAMMY Watch Group is calling on NARAS to immediately restore the 31 eliminated categories. The group has held protest rallies and press conferences in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles and has launched several lawsuits against NARAS. Members of the group include GRAMMY nominees and winners.

More information, including statements of support from Paul Simon, Carlos Santana and other major artists as well as such national community leaders as Reverend Jesse Jackson and Dr. Cornel West, is available at www.grammywatch.org.


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About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is one of the first CHICANO Internet Radio DJ's who admits he's CHICANO with NO shame.
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