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Diego Ramirez

Diego Ramirez is an exciting, extraordinary jazz pianist & composer, a free spirit abounding with talent and creativity. His CD "El Ultimo Chilam Balam" was recently named BEST JAZZ ALBUM OF 2008 by the LA MUSIC AWARDS!! (see video link below.) Others have recognized Diego's talent as well, such as Simon Cowell's UK Songwriting Competition, in which his song "Andrea" was Jazz Runnerup, just below First Place. The press also reflects the excitement for this young composer!

"Diego Ramirez was spectacular...His pianistic brilliance and staggering creative energy was a joy to behold." Flavors of Festival (PDX JAZZ) February 18, 2007

“Solo Pianist Diego Ramirez played his U.S. debut and simply mesmerized the audience. His skill and composing abilities are exciting and extraordinary, and full of passion. You'll be hearing a lot more from this young man.” Jazz USA online February 2007.

Diego Ramirez “demonstrated impeccable technique, a broad emotional and dynamic range, and an understanding of the jazz tradition. ” His performance "demonstrated Ramirez’s ability to traverse considerable territory, from a delicate touch to great power.” By John Kelman, From All About Jazz online, February 25, 2007.

Diego Ramirez and his Trio are influenced by both jazz tradition, as well as by music of Diego's Mexican and Mayan ancestors.

Diego Ramirez Herrera was born May 21, 1973, in Mexico City, and at age five he began to take piano lessons. He studied for ten years at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, classes in piano and classical music with Maestros Jose Luis Arcaraz, Guillermo Salvador, Christina de la Vega and jazz/harmony with Juan Millan. But it was Maestra Irina Lieberman, from Czechoslovakia, who helped Diego develop his technique and musicality.

When Diego was twenty he had his first exposure to jazz and decided to become a jazz pianist and composer. By age twenty one he was playing jazz with the original "Diego Ramirez Trio" in Cancun, in places such as Root's Jazz Club. Diego's music and compositions are influenced by his admiration for Mexican classical composers Silvestre Revueltas, Manuel M. Ponce, and Carlos Chavez. He was also influenced by improvisational musicians such as Miles Davis, by Leonard Bernstein, but it was Mayan music which gave birth to his original compositions.

Diego Ramirez has participated in many jazz festivals, including the exciting 2007 Portland Jazz Festival, concerts from Puerta Vallarta to Berlin, Festivals in Los Cabos, Cancun, Merida, LigaMAC, Cerritos Beach Club, and Zinco's Jazz Club in Mexico City. He currently performs in Los Cabos, Mexico, and can also be seen performing with The Daline Jones Group.

The Diego Ramirez Trio consists of Diego Ramirez on piano & conche, Julio Cesar de la Cruz on bass, and Luciano Callado on drums/percussion/tunkul.