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Latin Grammys set fetes

Kudos handed out Nov. 2 at Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Musicians Jorge Ben Jor, Rocio Durcal, Generoso Jimenez, Sergio Mendes, Johnny Pacheco and Sandro de America will receive the 2005 Latin Recording Academy lifetime achievement award prior to the Latin Grammys.

Show producer Pierre Cossette; Mexican producer, composer and record exec Eduardo Magallanes; and Spanish composer Rafael Perez Botija will be honored with the Trustees Award.

Kudos will handed out at a ceremony Nov. 2 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Ben Jor was key to the development of Brazil’s tropicalia movement; Spain’s Durcal has worked for 40 years in theater, television, movies and music; Cuban trombonist Jimenez was part of Benny More’s popular orchestra before going solo; and Mendes, a Brazilian, charted huge hits the world over with his Brasil ’66 and Brasil ’77. Pacheco is a songwriter, arranger, band leader and producer, and de America is considered Argentina’s Elvis Presley.

The sixth annual Latin Grammy Awards will be held Nov. 3.

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