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Berklee Alums Diego Urcola, Alex Alvear, and Ricardo Silveira
Nominated for 2004 Latin GRAMMY Awards

For Immediate Release
From: Berklee College of Music
Contact: Margot Edwards

Nominated for 2004 Latin GRAMMY Awards

Boston, MA, August 16, 2004 - Berklee College of Music alumni Diego Urcola, Alex Alvear, and Ricardo Silveira have each been nominated for a 2004 Latin GRAMMY Award. Their nominations in varied categories represent the wide diversity of Latin music emanating from Berklee. The 5th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. The show will be broadcast on CBS TV from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

Diego Urcola , Berklee class of 1990, is nominated in the category Best Latin Jazz Album, for Soundances . Born in Buenos Aires, Chile, New-York-City-based trumpet player Urcola has worked with an impressive list of musicians in the last decade, including Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson and Danilo Perez, among others. Urcola has also been a member of the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet since 1991. The group won a Latin GRAMMY Award in 2001 for the album Live at the Blue Note .

Boston-based bassist Alex Alvear , Berklee class of 1989, is nominated in the category Best Traditional Tropical Album, for Las Hermanas Marquez , by Paquito D'Rivera Presents Las Hermanas Marquez. Born in Quito, Ecuador, Alvear has been involved in a wide range of projects and worked with such artists as Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Celia Cruz, and Jonatha Brooke and the Story. Alvear's group Mango Blue, a high-powered Afro-Latin music ensemble, won the Boston Phoenix 2000 Best Music Poll for Best Local World Music Act. His Afro-Cuban group Ache was nominated for Boston Music Awards in 1991 and 1992.

Guitarist Ricardo Silveira , Berklee class of 1977, is nominated in the Best Instrumental Album category, for Noite Clara . Silveira has earned a reputation as one of Brazil's most admired and respected musicians. A sought after studio musician, he has recorded hundreds of projects with some of the biggest names in Brazilian jazz, including Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento. Born in Rio de Janeiro,

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.

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