BOSTON, MA, February 11, 2008 — Last night’s 50th anniversary Grammy Awards ceremony proved fruitful for 10 Berklee alumni and 3 faculty members, who emerged with a total of 13 Grammy Awards in varied categories. Exemplifying the diversity of musicians, songwriters, and engineers originating at Berklee, the winners were recognized for their outstanding contributions in fields that included rap, new age, jazz, Latin, and classical music. With last night’s wins, Berklee alumni have now received a total of 162 Grammy Awards.
Quincy Jones ‘51 picked up the 28th Grammy Award of his career in the category Best Rap Song, for “Good Life,” from Kanye West’s album Graduation. Andrew Dawson ‘01 also won for his work with West, taking home an award for Best Rap Album for mixing/engineering Graduation. Juan Luis Guerra ‘83 won his second Grammy in the category Best Tropical Latin Album, for La Llave De Mi Corazon. Also winning for the second time were Turtle Island Quartet members Mads Tolling ’03, and Evan Price ’96, who won Best Classical Crossover Album for A Love Supreme: The Legacy Of John Coltrane.
Berklee faculty members scored big last night, with wins for Associate Professor Eugene Friesen, his third, in the Best New Age Album category; and Mark Walker, associate professor of percussion, and Oscar Stagnaro, professor of bass, in the Best Latin Jazz Album category, for Funk Tango by Paquito D’Rivera Quintet. Diego Urcola ’90, Pernell Saturnino ’95, and Alon Yavnai ’95, also won as members of the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet.
Other alumni winners were Luciana Souza ‘88, featured artist on Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, for Album of the Year; and Carlos Colon ’04, of the band Black: Guayaba, for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album.