Grammy Noms: Manuel Valera

Manuel Valera: Cuban-born, New York-based pianist Manuel Valera brings Yosvany Terry, Tom Guarna, John Benitez, Eric Doob, and Mauricio Herrera together on his funky cubop ride New Cuban Express, which is also up for Best Latin Jazz Album.

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.