José-Luis Orozco Plays a Pre-Grammy Show

By Michael Berick

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Local musician Jose-Luis Orozco is among The Grammy’s children music nominees. PHOTO BY JEANNIE O’CONNOR

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will be announced Feb. 15. This year’s nominees for Best Children’s Album are Gustafer Yellowgold’s Dark Pie Concerns, Tim Kubart’s Home, Lori Henriques’ How Great Can This Day Be, Billy Kelly & Molly Ledford’s Trees and Southern California’s own José-Luis Orozco for ¡Come Bien! Eat Right!

We asked Orozco about his Grammy nomination, his latest album and his mission for multicultural education.

What was your reaction to receiving this Grammy nomination?

It is a great honor to be recognized and to be acknowledged for my work in the field of children’s music, which goes back 45 years.

Is there something that you are particularly proud of with your latest Come Bien/Eat Right?

I am very proud of my collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways, Grammy award-winners Quetzal Flores, Raul Pacheco from the band Ozomatli and many other talented musicians, as well as children who participated in this great project. The recording is very entertaining and it promotes healthy eating habits in a world that is affected by health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart diseases.

You have been active in broadening awareness of bilingual and multicultural education. Have you seen much change happening in the past few years?

There is a great change in many communities where dual-language immersion programs are expanding.  Helping children appreciate other languages and cultures will facilitate more harmony throughout their lives.

Orozco will join fellow nominees Gustafer Yellowgold, Lori Henriques, Tim Kubart and Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly for the annual Children’s Music Nominees Concert from 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 13 at Lucky Strike Live (Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.). DJs Absolutely Mindy and Kenny Curtis from SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “Kids Place Live” will broadcast a live remote of the concert, for which L.A. Parent and the National Parenting Products Awards are media sponsors. This year’s proceeds will go to The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s “Music in the Schools” residencies, which serve more than 3,400 students each week throughout Los Angeles county. Tickets will be available on www.brownpapertickets.com and you can get complete details at http://tinyurl.com/kidsgrammy.

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