Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Urcola, Diego, trumpeter; b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 5 November 1965. He began his musical studies at the age of 9, in the Music Department of the Colegio Ward, where his father Rubin Urcola was director. His two sisters Eunice and Laura are also music teachers. His mother Sara Curiel is also an educator, working as a pre-school teacher. His brothers-in-law are professional musicians as well; Alejandro Soraires plays classical saxophone, and Cristian Diaz plays trumpet.
At a very young age, while studying music in the National Music Conservatory, Diego performed and recorded with the best known tango, rock and jazz musicians in Argentina, such as Fito Paez, Charlie Garcia, Juan Carlos Baglietto, Soda Stereo and Roberto "Fats" Fernandez. In 1988, he received the title of Profesor Nacional de Ma'ica from the Conservatorio Nacional de Ma'sica, in Argentina. Subsequently, Diego moved to Boston where he attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. In 1990, he received his diploma in Jazz Performance from Berklee.
In 1991, Diego moved to New York where he currently resides. Since 1991 he has been a member of the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet. In the middle 90s he toured with Slide Hampton and "The Jazz Masters", and with the United Nations Orchestra. In 1996, he performed several concerts with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1997, he received his master's degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College, taught by Jimmy Heath. Urcola won second place at the 1997 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition. Between 1996 and 1998, he performed with the Joe Henderson sextet, Steve Turre's "Sanctified Shells", and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He also appeared with Wayne Shorter on the broadcast TV special "The 2nd Annual Celebration of America's Music" hosted by Bill Cosby and televised nationwide by ABC Television in December 1998.
Urcola has performed several times with the Jimmy Heath sextet, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Big Band, and Jon Faddis, among others. He worked with the Milt Jackson All Star Big Band in 1999. In 2000, he became a member of the International Vamp Band, founded by bass player from Israel, Avishai Cohen. In 2001 and 2002, after his appearance with the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet in the documentary "Calle 54" directed by Fernando Trueba, Urcola toured Europe, the United States and Latin America with the Calle 54 All Star Band. Since 2001, he has been a member of The Caribbean Jazz Project under the direction of Dave Samuels.
Libertango (1999); Soundances (2003)
Funkallero: Orange Then Blue (1991); Edward Simon: Beauty Within (1993); Paquito D'Rivera: A Night in Englewood (1993); Bebo Valdes: Bebo Rides Again (1994);
Various Artists: Latin Jazz (1995); Juan Pablo Torres: Trombone Man (1995); Various Artists: United Nations of Messidor (1996); Paquito D'Rivera: Portraits of Cuba (1996);
Various Artists: Latin Jazz for Lovers: Messidor's finest: Volume 4 (1997); Various Artists: Latin Jazz Highlights: Messidor's finest: Volume (1997); Jason Linder: Premonition;
Paquito D'Rivera: Live at M C G (1997); Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dear Ella (1997); Various Artists: Jazz Underground: Live at Smalls (1998); Freddie Bryant: Brazilian Rosewood (1998);
Edward Simon: Bikina (1998); Paquito D'Rivera: Tropicana Nights (1999); Guillermo Klein: Los Guachos II (1999); Latin Beat Magazine: Real Latin Jazz (2000);
Magali Souriau: Birdland Sessions (2000); Freddie Bryant: Live at Smoke (2000); Paquito D'Rivera Quintet: Live at the Blue Note (2000);
Danilo Perez: Motherland (2000); Claudia Acuna: Wind from the South (2000); Rudy Calzado: Tribute to Mario Bauza (2001); Various Artists: Calle 54 (2001); Avishai Cohen: Unity (2001);
Juan Pablo Torres: Together Again (2002); Guillermo Klein: Los Guachos III (2002); Bebo Valdes: Bebo De Cuba: (2004)
In 2001, he received a Latin Grammy Award as a member of the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet for the best Latin Jazz Album Live at the Blue Note.
Soundances was nominated for a 2004 Latin Grammy Award as Best Jazz Album.