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Diego Urcola

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, three‑time Grammy nominee Diego Urcola has been a member of the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet since 1991. Additionally, the oft‑in‑demand trumpeter performs regularly with the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All‑Star Big Band. Urcola's musical studies began at the age of 9, in the Music Department of the Colegio Ward where his father Ruben served as director. He continued his studies and in 1988 he received the title of Profesor Nacional de Música from the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica. Subsequently, having received a scholarship to study abroad, the trumpeter and flugelhorn player moved to Boston where he attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music

El Duelo

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: El Duelo; Tango Azul; Una Muy Bonita; La Yumba/Caravan; Pekin; The Natural; Buenos Aires; Foxy Trot; I Know, Don't Know How; Libertango; Sacajawea (Theme); Leyenda; Con Alma; Stablemates; Bye-Ya.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Diego Urcola Quartet: El Duelo

Read "El Duelo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The cover of this album shows Diego Urcola (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Paquito D'Rivera (alto saxophone, clarinet) back-to-back, as if about to engage in the titular duel. But the sound is that of two veteran players jointly taking a leap into the unknown. A quartet without piano is an unusual setting for both of them. D'Rivera's liner ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michel Camilo: Essence

Read "Essence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In numerology, the number 25 is connected to wisdom and an air of curiosity. Both traits, not surprisingly, speak directly to this pianist at the moment he delivers a dynamic big band album--his 25th release to date--a full quarter century after his first leader effort to explore this format. Essence's playlist spans decades, ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Fourth Night)

Read "23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Fourth Night)" reviewed by Pablo Reyes

On January 6, the fourth and final night of the 23rd Punta del Este Jazz Festival in Uruguay featured pianist Aaron Diehl's trio including bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Quincy Davis as well as the duo of vocalist Nnenna Freelon and guitarist Chico Pinheiro. Alto saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera also presented The Music of Chick ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Second Night)

Read "23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Second Night)" reviewed by Pablo Reyes

For its second night of music on January 4, the 23rd Punta del Este Jazz Festival in Uruguay welcomed saxophonist Gary Smulyan playing the music of Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan with bassist David Wong, drummer Rodney Green and trumpeter Diego Urcola. Also onstage were the Aaron Diehl trio with Paul Sikivie and Quincy Davis as ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

23th Punta del Este Jazz in Uruguay (First Night)

Read "23th Punta del Este Jazz in Uruguay (First Night)" reviewed by Pablo Reyes

Photographs from the first night of the 23rd version of the Jazz Festival of Punta del Este in Uruguay. Performances by Amigos de El Sosiego (The Music of Lee Morgan) with David Feldman: piano; Popo Romano: double bass; Pipi Piazzolla: drums; Nicolás Mora: guitar; Diego Urcola: trumpet with Alex Brown: violin; Jessé Sadoc: trumpet. The Al ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar

Read "Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar" reviewed by Nat Seelen

Paquito D'Rivera Quintet Regattabar Cambridge, MA October 19, 2018 For over four decades, Paquito D'Rivera has been an institution in the global music scene. Flitting between jazz, latin, and classical music since he was a boy studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music, he's logged thousands of miles, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Conversation with Abelita Mateus

Read "A Conversation with Abelita Mateus" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Abelita Mateus' rich cultural and musical background gives her playing a rare uncontrived soulfulness that is complete with artistic and emotional authenticity. This can be heard on her new album Mixed Feelings. This album features Abelita Mateus on piano and vocals, Peter Slavov on bass, Diego Urcola on trumpet, Matt Marantz on tenor ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gian-Carla Tisera, Elio Villafranca: Nora la Bella

Read "Nora la Bella" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

La boliviana (ma californiana d'adozione) Gian-Carla Tisera, in combutta col pianista e arrangiatore cubano Elio Villafranca, tenta uno dei suoi improbabili patchwork (che qualcuno giudica persino audaci, mentre sono semplicemente kitsch-compiacenti) in questo suo nuovo lavoro, che trascorre con emblematica disinvoltura da Puccini agli Inti Illimani e coinvolge fra gli altri il trombettista argentino Diego Urcola, ...


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