Berklee Alumni Among Nominees for Latin Grammy Awards

By 
Elisabeth Nicula
October 1, 2009
The Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences honored Bobby Sanabria '79 and three other Berklee alumni with Latin Grammy Award nominations.

Four Berklee alumni have been nominated for Latin Grammy Awards in the categories Best Latin Jazz Album, Producer of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Latin Children's Album. The 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2009, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Drummer, composer, and educator Bobby Sanabria '79 received a nomination in the Best Latin Jazz Album category for Kenya Revisited Live!!! He conducted the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra on this record.

Aureo Baqueiro '92, a recording artist, producer, and composer, is nominated for Producer of the Year. Baqueiro, who has worked with artists including Sin Bandera and Aleks Syntek, recently served as a judge for the first Berklee Canta en Español singer/songwriter contest.

Alexander Acha '03, whose debut album, Voy, reached gold status, is among the nominees for Best New Artist. He is also involved with Berklee Canta en Español—he is set to perform along with other rising Latin American artists at the contest's culminating concert in Mexico City in October.

Jair Oliveira '97 was nominated in the Best Latin Children's Album category for Grandes Pequeninos, a collaboration with his wife, Tania Khalill. Oliveira is a composer, singer, and producer.

Since the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences founded the awards in 2000, 12 Berklee alumni have received 35 Latin Grammy Awards. Sixty-two Berklee alumni have also received 176 Grammy Awards. Visit Berklee's awards page for complete lists of past award winners from the Berklee community.