AUGUST IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Daline and Diego have been invited to perform at three great music venues in Copenhagen, a city filled with jazz fans. Join them at famous "brown bar", Hvide Lam on August 24 (hvide-lam.dk) and at the cool and lively Gejser Bar on August 25 (gejserbar.dk)thanks to the fosscircles group (fossprojects.com/fosscircles) and on Saturday at Halgodt on August 26 (halgodt.dk) for Halgodt's premier Jazzy Weekend!
SEPTEMBER IN GERMANY
Following Copenhagen, the Duo has a private event in Norway, then moves on to Germany, playing in Berlin (tba) and in Wuppertal, Germany at the Faerberei Social and Cultural Center. (faerberei-wuppertal.de) on September 13, joining the fabulous Brenda Boykin!
We welcome our friends and fans to join us in Europe via Facebook, or surprise us in person!
PREVIOUS SPECIAL CONCERTS 2023
June 30, 2023 Daline and Diego performed to a completely packed, sold-out crowd at Zinco Jazz Club in Mexico City. Zinco is considered the premier and most prestigious Jazz venue in Mexico. Daline and Diego were thrilled to return to the venerable club and were accompanied by the incredible Rodrigo Castelan on bass, and prodigious drummer Juan Ale Saenz. The video below was recorded at last year's show, June 25, 2022. Go to her "Watch" page on this website to see videos from this most recent show.
Sold Out! April 30, 2023, in celebration of International Jazz Day, the Daline and Diego Band performed at the beautiful new venue, The Palm. They headlined the all day musical event, which showcased several bands with the best musicians of Los Cabos. The performances and the concert were officially registered and recognized by International Jazz Day.com.
May 27, 2023 The SJ Jazz Weekend, celebrated its 10th Anniversary, and asked the "Daline & Diego Band" to headline as the finale of the entire weekend. Joining them were Victor Cosio on guitar, Tzoru Cruz on drums, Ivan Lee on bass, and special guest Howard Clifton on sax. The band was burning and had the crowd on its feet for the whole set! Daline performed on the SJ Jazz Weekend stage since the beginning and it has grown into one of Los Cabo's best loved music festivals. The 10th Anniversary was the best. Videos will be posted on YouTube soon. sanjosejazzweekend.com
Diego's Latest Music: Sketches of Mexico, Nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Tribute Album by the Independent Music Awards
A Story Steeped in Sound
Diego Ramirez is honored to be nominated by the IMAs for his recent compositions out of hundreds of submittals from 119 countries around the world.
Pianist Diego Ramirez presents his recent compositions in the 2018 release "Sketches of Mexico". The album can be described as musical paintings of Mexico. Diego is pleased to have such experienced and talented musicians as Fernando Caballero, drummer, and Juan Ramos, upright bass, accompany him. Diego studied classical music at Mexico City’s prestigious National Conservatory of Music for 10 years before branching out into jazz. Now he brings many elements of his career together, Mexican themes, Latin rhythms, jazz improvisation and his classical background, in this tribute to his homeland. For example "3 Eras of Mexico: Autocton Era, The Spanish Conquest, The Modern Era" is a serious, historical composition written in three movements in a classical tradition. Whereas "Jojo" is jazz. "El Negro Sambuca" is great fun. And "El Nido" and "Hurricane Odile" are both very visual. Diego is also proud to dedicate a song to his daughter in the piece, “El Papalote de Quetzalli" (Quetzalli's kite). Please enjoy “Sketches of Mexico”. It is certainly a tribute to the variety and rich culture of Mexico. Muchas Gracias.
To sample "Sketches of Mexico" please hit the button Listen and enjoy!
Diego Ramirez is a Mexican jazz pianist and composer, who has been extremely busy and prolifithese past recent years. While studying composition for orchestra and big band, he composed his first wondcerful original orchestral piece entitled "Tenochtitlan" (https://youtu.be/XZSx3p0am-0).
This was followed by another beautiful piece entitled “Cuahtlahuac.”
Diego then wrote a big band score for his original composition "Pa'ax", named after his daughter and performed live in both Mexico City (https://youtu.be/-QRnlEiwy5E) and Oakland.
In 2022, he wrote a film score, submitted for the short film, "The Foundling" (https://youtu.be/_DlxAMjrx_k.)
Other recent original compositions, available in both CD and vinyl, are entitled “Sketches of Mexico”. Described as musical paintings of Mexico, the album represents the richness and variety of Mexico's culture, as Diego combines traditional jazz with Mexican melodies, harmonies and rhythms. For this album Diego was honored with two nominations from the Independent Music Awards, one for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and the other for Best Tribute Album.
Another original piano CD by Diego called "El Ultima Chilam Balam" was named Best Jazz Album by the LA Music Awards, and it featured his Mayan jazz pieces.
Diego has also released other recordings featuring classic piano jazz, "Jazzonia" and "Ramirez Plays Legrand", as well as several albums with his musical partner, the talented vocalist Daline Jones.
Diego has vast performing experience in jazz festivals (Portland Jazz Festival, LigaMAC, San Jose Jazz Weekend, Playa del Carmen Concert, LifeLuxeJazz, headlining in Mexico City's Zinco with Daline Jones); international tours; jazz clubs throughout the States, Europe and Mexico; as well as in restaurants, hotels, and local gigs in his hometown, Los Cabos (where he also teaches music at Baldor and composed their school anthem). A memorable jam session of Diego on piano with Stevie Wonder performing "Overjoyed" at Cabo's jazz club, Jazz On the Rocks, can be seen on YouTube. (https://youtu.be/TXi3Peuw_Ag.)
Diego studied classical music at Mexico City's prestigious National Conservatory of Music for 10 years before branching out into jazz. Diego’s piano and classical music teachers include Maestra Irina Lieberman from Czechoslovakia, Maestros Jose Luis Arcaraz, Guillermo Salvador, Christina de la Vega, Adrian Grand and jazz/harmony with Juan Millan. 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 and by Leonard Bernstein.
To purchase a digital download of any of Diego's CDs, please go to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sketches-Mexico-Diego-Ramirez/dp/B07GTSF6DB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Diego+Ramirez+Sketches+of+Mexico&qid=1586987331&sr=8-1
You can also purchase downloads of Diego's music at either iTunes or Spotify. Because of the coronavirus and closed warehouses, at this time none of the sites have hard copies. If you wish to purchase a hard copy of Diego's CD or a vinyl copy, which we highly rrecommend, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank You and Enjoy!! .
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Categories: Flavor of Festival
The solo piano set offered up by Diego Ramirez was spectacular, and lived up to all of Herr Director's hype...
His pianistic brilliance and staggering creative energy was a joy to behold. He presented tunes by Monk and Herbie Hancock, a couple of standards (including a brief tear through "On A Clear Day..." as an encore) plus a number of original compositions, one for each of his two daughters, one for a former girlfriend, and most memorably a fantastic work-in-progress depicting three eras in Mexican cultural history, making use of traditional Mayan music, in addition to Spanish and contemporary elements.”
“demonstrated impeccable technique, a broad emotional and dynamic range, and an understanding of the jazz tradition.” In reference to Diego Ramirez’s composition “Eras”, “From its tumultuous beginning to the more lamenting finish, it best demonstrated Ramirez’s ability to traverse considerable territory, from a delicate touch to great power.”. February 25, 2007 By John Kelman, From All About Jazz online.
“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 a lot hearing more from this young man.” Jazz USA online
“A remarkable young pianist…..His performance not only overwhelmed the audience, but Ms. (Regina) Carter invited him to join her on stage for an impromptu duet which turned into a late night jam session.” from Portland Jazz Festival
From the Seattle Times, ENTERTAINMENT & THE ARTS:
Portland's festival filled with fantastic concerts
By Paul de Barros
Seattle Times jazz critic
The festival introduced another new face in pianist Diego Ramirez, a self-taught virtuoso from Mexico who opened Allen's set with tempestuous improvisations driven by Mexican rhythms.
It's hard to tell who was happier: the audience, for hearing the U.S. debut of someone who so clearly has a bright future ahead of him, or Ramirez, for being there. Posted by Luciana Lopez Categories: Portland Jazz Festival, Top Stories
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Diego Ramirez is an exciting young jazz pianist and composer from Mexico.† His latest CD, “The Last Chilam-Balam” is a style he calls Mayan jazz, which incorporates sounds from his heritage.†
Sketches of Mexico
Ramirez Plays Legrand
El Ultimo Chilam Balam