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Grammy-Nominated Music Features 24 Alumni and Faculty

 

This year's National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Grammy Award nominations include the work of 21 Berklee alumni and three faculty members on nominated projects. Four alumni garnered three nods in the Album of the Year category. The group represented a diverse sampling of genres, including country, jazz and hip-hop. Diana Krall '83 has been nominated for her contribution to Vince Gill's These Days, and Luciana Souza '88 for her work on River: The Joni Letters. Spanning 50 years of the college's history, Quincy Jones '51 and Andrew Dawson '01 have been nominated for their work on the blockbuster Kanye West album Graduation.

Juan Luis Guerra '83, who won five Latin Grammys in 2007, is nominated for the Best Tropical Latin Album award for La Llave de Mi Corazón. Also in the Latin category, Carlos Colón '04 and his rock band Black Guayaba have been nominated for the Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album award for No Hay Espacio.

Five-time Grammy winner John Mayer '98 received a nomination in the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category for the track "Belief" on The Village Sessions. Howard Shore '68, a four-time Grammy winner, got the nod in the Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category for The Departed.

 

Berklee alumni have a strong presence in the jazz field as well, with nominations in four of the genre's six categories. Joe Lovano '72 was nominated in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group category for Kids: Duets Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Jeff Lorber '71 is nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for He Had a Hat, while Tierney Sutton '87 and the Tierney Sutton Band (featuring Christian Jacob '86) received a nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for On the Other Side. And the Bobby Sanabria Big Band, featuring Bobby Sanabria '79, was nominated in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album for Big Band Urban Folktales.

The Berklee faculty continues to impress, this year collecting four nominations. The Paquito D'Rivera Quintet (featuring Associate Professor Mark Walker, Professor Oscar Stagnaro, alumni Diego Urcola '90, Pernell Saturnino '95, and Alon Yavnai '95), has been nominated for the Best Latin Jazz Album award for Funk Tango. Walker also received a nomination in the Best Instrumental Composition category for "Deep Six" from 1000 Kilometers by the group Oregon. Associate Professor of Strings Eugene Friesen is nominated in the category of Best New Age Album for Crestone by the Paul Winter Consort.

 

The Turtle Island Quartet, including Mads Tolling '03 and Evan Price '96, is nominated in the Best Classical Crossover Album category for A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane. Frank Macchia '80 is nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement for "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" performed by the Prague Orchestra on Macchia's Emotions.

Two-time Grammy winner, Steve Vai '79 has again been nominated for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance award for "The Attitude Song," from his 2007 double album Sound Theories, Vol. I & II.

In the production, nonclassical field, two-time Grammy winner Jason Lehning '94 was nominated in the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category for his work on Viktor Krauss II. Good luck to all on February 10.

-Emily Dufresne