Diego Urcola,

trombone, trumpet

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diego has been a member of the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet since 1991. As part of the Quintet, the three-time GRAMMY Award nominee appeared in the acclaimed music documentary Calle 54 and toured Europe, the United States and Latin America under the banner Calle 54 All-Star Band. The in-demand trumpeter also performs regularly with the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band. When he's not busy working with other bandleaders such as Slide Hampton in the Jazz Masters and Wynton Marsalis, Diego leads his own ensembles. His first album as a leader, Libertango (Fresh Sound), was issued in 1999. In 2003 he released Soundances (Sunnyside), which received critical acclaim culminating in nominations for the 2004 Latin GRAMMYS and the 2005 GRAMMY Awards. The trumpeter's newest record Viva (Cam Jazz), was released in 2006. Of his work, Diego has said one of his goals is to integrate his homeland's voice into the jazz idiom. "I like to bring the tango flavor from my country into the mix," he said, adding, "But, foremost I'm a jazz musician.