Diego Ramirez

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 several jazz festivals:

2009: Zinco Jazz Club in Mexico City. 5th Annual LigaMAC JazzFest.
2008: Best Jazz Album 2008 LA Music Awards for "El Ultimo Chilam Balam";
4th Annual LigaMAC Jazz Fest; Los Cabos Int'l Jazz Festival, Cerritos Jazz Fest.
2007: Premiere US Performance Portland Jazz Festival; Puerta Vallarta Concert.
2007: West Coast Tour including performances at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill
Jazz in Los Angeles with Pat Senatore; jam sessions at Alexander's Top of the
Hilton, Produce Row Cafe in Portland, Tula's in Seattle; and a performance
at the Octavia Lounge in San Francisco.
2005, 2006 & 2007: LigaMac Annual Jazz Fests in San Jose del Cabo.
2003 & 2004: International Jazz Festivals in Los Cabos.
2000, 2001 & 2002: International Festivals of Jazz in Cancun.
1999: Concert in the jazz club "A-Train" in Berlin.
1999: International Festival of Jazz in Merida.
1999: International Festival of Jazz in Cancun.

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