Program Books/Diego Urcola

Diego Urcola

trumpet and valve trombone

Argentine trumpeter Diego Urcola is a gifted improviser and composer who infuses post-bop jazz with South American traditions. A vibrant presence on the New York scene since his arrival in the early 1990s, Urcola has built close associations with such globally minded performers as saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, bassist Avishai Cohen, vibraphonist Dave Samuels, and pianist Guillermo Klein. He has also garnered acclaim on his own, including earning Grammy nominations for Soundances in 2003 and Viva in 2006. Urcola has continued to explore a cross-pollinated mix of sounds—from Astor Piazzolla to Miles Davis—releasing albums like his 2011 quartet date Appreciation and his 2020 collaboration with D’Rivera, El Duelo.