Diego Ramirez is an exciting, extraordinary jazz pianist and composer who exudes talent and creativity with original jazz. His CD "El Ultimo Chilam Balam" was recently named BEST JAZZ ALBUM OF 2008 BY THE LA MUSIC AWARDS!! He calls these original compositions Mayan jazz, a beautiful blending of a modern art form with the music and sounds of his heritage. This work is also beautifully documented in a recent new video: "El Ultimo Chilam Balam - The Music of Diego Ramirez, A Mayan Heritage".
At his Premiere US Performance at the Portland Jazz Festival, the critics recently described Diego as: "spectacular", with "pianistic brilliance and staggering creative energy", "remarkable", "virtuoso...with tempestuous improvisations driven by Mexican rhythms", "exciting...extraordinary...and full of passion"...he "simply mesmerized the audience." Diego touches his audiences, playing modern or traditional jazz standards, with Latin influenced melodies and rhythms, indigenous explorations, a wide variety of his own compositions, and memorable improvisations. Listening to Diego at the piano is always a beautiful experience.