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Grammy Awards for Professors Todd Coolman and Silas Brown

Date Released: 2/14/2011

Todd Coolman & James Moody's widow accepted a Grammy Award for "Best Jazz Instrumental Recording of the Year" for Moody's album "4B." Silas Brown was recording engineer for Verdi's "Requiem" conducted by Riccardo Muti, which won two Grammys. Details.

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In accepting the award with Linda Moody at the Grammy Awards ceremony, Todd Coolman said "Moody remains with us and we feel his illuminating presence everyday.  Moody left us with the jazz anthem 'Moody's Mood for Love." He was a fountain of love and he will be in out hearts forever."

The album "Moody 4B" reunited pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Todd Coolman, and marked James Moody's 60th anniversary as a recording artist and was his first Grammy.

Todd Cooolman is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music.  He performed with Moody all over the world for 26 years. Coolman receved a Grammy earlier and has recorded and performed with many of the greatest jazz artists and has recorded three CD's as a leader.  He is an educator, author, and an in demand clinician and lecturer at universities throughout the world.

Silas Brown, a lecturer in studio production was the mastering engineer for an album that won two Grammy Awards.  The Verdi Requiem conducted by Riccardo Muti won for "Best Classical Album" and "Best Choral Performance."

Brown has more than 16 years of production credits on many Grammy winning and nominated recordings (8 in the last 2 years).  He has producing or engineering credits on hundreds of recordings released by labels including Albany, Arabesque, Bridge, CRI, Decca, ESSAY, Koch, Naxos, New World, SONYP Classical, Summit, and Tzadik.  He has worked with many of America's living composers including John Zorn, Sebastian Currier, George Tsontakis, Libby Larsen, Anton Kernis, George Crumb and John Harbison.


In 2008 Silas recorded a 50 piece orchestra as part of the score for the "Battlefield"series of Electronic Arts video games.  In 2007, working with producer/engineer Adam Abeshouse and PBS' Great Performances, he recorded the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra's Nutcracker delivering live surround mixes for international theatrical simulcast as well as recording for DVD release.