A Newtown man has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. Jimmy Greene, an assistant professor at West Conn, has been nominated in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for his latest recording "Beautiful Life". The album is a remembrance and celebration of the life of his daughter Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, who was among the first-grade victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The saxophonist was also nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for his reworking of "When I Come Home" featuring Javier Colon. Colon, a Connecticut native, won the inaugural season of The Voice.
"I'm extremely humbled and honored. It's a tremendous honor in the music industry to be nominated for a Grammy Award," said Greene.
"There's literally hundreds of amazing examples of people's work in each category that gets submitted, to be chosen as one of five nominees in two different categories is a huge honor."
But there is a bit of sadness involved, Greene said he wished his daughter was still here.
"I'm very glad that the world gets to hear her voice. Her voice is prominent on the recording, they can know a little bit about her life. After the world getting to know quite a bit about how she died, I'm happy that people are getting to hear how she lived" said Greene.
The album cover is a photograph of Ana and her brother Isaiah taken at their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where the family lived prior to moving to Newtown in 2012.
A portion of proceeds from sales of "Beautiful Life" will benefit the Ana Grace Project of Klingberg Family Centers in New Britain and the Artists Collective in Hartford.
Greene recently held a concert fundraiser at the new WCSU School of Visual and Performing Arts Center to benefit the Ana Grace Project.