UC San Diego's Department of Music

February 16, 2017

  Department of Music lecturer Kamau Kenyatta was recognized by The Recording Academy last Sunday, February 12 for his contributions to Gregory Porter's fourth album Take Me to the Alley, released last May on Blue Note Records. Kenyatta, who first met Porter while teaching the aspiring jazz student at San Diego State University in the 1990s, co-produced Take Me to the Alley, which serves as Porter's second win in the Grammy's Best Jazz Vocal Album category. Kenyatta was also the associate producer for Porter's first Grammy win, 2013's Liquid Spirit, and contributed similarly to Porter's first two albums. In addition to his ongoing work with Porter and the creation and performance of his own original music, Kenyatta continues teaching the jazz chamber ensemble class that first sparked Porter's interest, now offered at UC San Diego.

Kenyatta spoke with the San Diego Union-Tribune last fall about his collaborations with Porter and his recent involvement with Gregory Porter: Don't Forget Your Music, a documentary for which Kenyatta composed and recorded an original soundtrack. Click here to read the article and follow this link to read the Department of Music's coverage of Kenyatta's first Grammy win with Porter in 2014.

Faculty members and alumni with ties to UC San Diego's Department of Music have been recognized by The Recording Academy in previous years for their outstanding contributions to the creation, recording and performance of new music. Nominees from past years include Professor Susan Narucki (who sang on George Crumb's Star Child, which won the Best Classical Contemporary Composition Grammy in 2000), Professor Mark Dresser (who was nominated in 2003 in the Best Chamber Music Performance category) and alumnus Nathan East (who has been nominated for multiple Grammys as a solo artist and with his jazz quartet Fourplay).

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