Berklee Faculty Member Wins Latin Grammy Award; Alumni Nominated for Five Awards

Mitzi Dorbu
November 21, 2008
David Samuels
Photo courtesy of the artist

Berklee faculty member David Samuels walked away from the ninth annual Latin Grammy Awards with one of the evening’s coveted rewards. Assistant Professor Samuels' Caribbean Jazz Project won Best Latin Jazz Album for its Afro Bop Alliance recording. This is the first Latin Grammy win for the group who also earned a Best Latin Jazz Recording Grammy in 2002 for its Gathering release.
Several of this year’s nominees are Berklee alumni who were recognized for their outstanding contributions in categories such as Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, and more.
Gustavo Borner '89 was nominated for his engineering/mixing work on the Julieta Venegas CD El Presente in the Record of the Year category. Tarde O Temprano garnered Tommy Torres '93 a nomination for Best Singer/Songwriter Album. He also performed during the night’s celebration.

"Todavía" from Desde Adentro, recorded by Aureo Baqueiro ‘92 and Gian Marco, was nominated for Song of the Year.

Both Mónica Giraldo ‘02 and Ximena Sariñana ’07 were nominated in the Best New Artist category.
Multiple Latin Grammy- and Grammy Award-winner Juan Luis Guerra ‘82 returned to the awards show as a presenter after being named the 2007 Latin Grammy Person of the Year.