KUDOS: Colorado Produces FIVE Nominees for Grammys This Year – and THREE Win!
CBS4, Denver | Boulder-native and successful video producer, Paula DuPré Pesmen, earned a Grammy Award in Best Music Film for her role in “Quincy.”
DuPré Pesmen spoke with CBS4’s Jim Benemann about her professional work, which included “Bicentennial Man,” “Rent,” and “Mrs. Doubtfire,” but also her other life working with a nonprofit she founded in 2005.
It was 20 years ago, her husband survived advanced colon cancer, and she returned to work on the set of the first Harry Potter movie. Then the family of a dying little girl asked if she could see the film.
Because of generosity of Pesmen and the crew, more than 65 seriously ill children visited the sets of the first three Harry Potter movies. In the end, There With Care has helped thousands of families facing medical crises and hardships.
Original article also contains a video:
# # #
TIA FULLER NOMINATED FOR BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Chris Kresge says “Tia Fuller and the Woods Brothers” – Tia is a saxophone player. Was from Colorado but moved back east for college. Tia was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Fuller was born in Aurora, Colorado to jazz musicians Fred and Elthopia Fuller. Her father, Fred, plays bass and her mother, Elthopia, sings. She grew up listening to her parents rehearse in the basement of their home, as well as to the music of John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan and Charlie Parker.
Fuller began playing saxophone in high school, after which she continued her musical education at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia under the tutelage of Joseph Jennings. While there she performed with Ray Charles and in Atlanta’s jazz clubs. In 1998, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, and later went on to complete her Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
# # # # #
CU ALUM & OPERA SINGER WEI WU WINS OPERA GRAMMY
# # # # #
HEAVY METAL GROUP HIGH ON FIRE FRONTED BY FORMER COLORADOAN
Another “Overnight Success”! High on Fire is a Grammy Award winning American heavy metal band from Oakland, CA that was formed in 1998. Matt Pike, the band’s frontman and founder, also plays guitar for the influential stoner metal band Sleep.
High On Fire have won the award for Best Metal Performance for “Electric Messiah” at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.
They beat out fellow nominees Between the Buried and Me (“Condemned to the Gallows”), Deafheaven (“Honeycomb”), Trivium (“Betrayer”) and Underoath (“On My Teeth”).
“Wow, what a trip,” said Matt Pike as the band accepted the award. “We never really needed an award for doing what we love. Twenty-one years later, thank you to the Academy.”
The band also thanked producer Kurt Ballou and their late manager Nick John during the speech.
> > > > > > > > > >
# # #
High on Fire was founded in 1998 by Sleep guitarist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel, and bassist George Rice (from Dear Deceased, who originally auditioned to be the band’s vocalist). The band’s first full-length album The Art of Self Defense was released on 12th Records, and released later on Man’s Ruin Records. (The album would later be re-released by Tee Pee Records, with two bonus tracks, as Man’s Ruin Records had become defunct.)
Pike moved to California after spending time in military school while living with his mother in Golden, Colorado. Arriving in San Jose, he realized the hardcore punk and heavy metal scenes were more active than the ones in Denver. He made friends, attended shows, and eventually joined the sludge metal band Asbestosdeath. When playing around the Bay Area they developed a much heavier and slower sound more akin to doom metal. The quartet soon gained a following and changed their name to Sleep.
> > > > > > > > > >
At the 61st Grammy Awards held on February 10, 2019, High On Fire won their first Grammy for “Best Metal Performance” for their song “Electric Messiah”.
# # # # #
WINTER PARK’S P.J. OLSSON WINS GRAMMY’S BEST IMMERSIVE AUDIO AWARD
By Bryce Martin, Sky-Hi News, Grand Junction | The Recording Academy awarded a Grammy award Sunday to Winter Park resident PJ Olsson’s latest collaboration, a remastered edition of the Alan Parsons Project album Eye in the Sky.
The award was for best immersive audio album.
Olsson’s win, shared with collaborators Alan Parsons and Dave Donnelly, was announced Sunday afternoon during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, which was hosted by Reggae musician Shaggy, honoring categories not announced during the live telecast held later in the evening.
Donnelly accepted the award while Olsson and Parsons were not present at the ceremony. It was Parsons’s 13th nomination and first win for Eye in the Sky. It was Olsson’s first Grammy win.
Read the full story: