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HUMBERTO RAMIREZ RELEASES “BETTER DAYS”

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Acclaimed trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader HUMBERTO RAMIREZ is synonymous with jazz in Puerto Rico. So, it should not be surprising that he cites Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Machito, and Cal Tjader as significant influences. 
His father, an acclaimed saxophonist, and conductor, encouraged Humberto to take up the flugelhorn at eleven. At fourteen, he performed with his father’s orchestra and studied orchestration with the bassist Inocencio “Chencho” Rivera. 
At eighteen, after graduating from La Escuela Libre De Musica, his interest in composing and arranging drove him to enroll at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music. 
In 1985 Humberto joined Willie Rosario’s orchestra. Four years later, he was the musical director for Tony Vega’s orchestra. Over the years his abilities as a producer and arranger led to collaborations with many significant figures in music, such as Olga Tañón, Willie Colon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Marc Anthony, Domingo Quiñones, Ruben Blades, and Victor Manuelle, among others, establishing Humberto as one of the most active arrangers and producers in the music industry. 
Humberto’s lifelong dream was to develop a jazz career; in 1992, he did just that. His debut and first production for the Tropijazz label is titled “Jazz Project.” To date, Humberto has released thirty-six albums as a leader and shared the stage with influential jazz artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Justo Almario, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Hilton Ruiz, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Gato Barbieri, Terence Blanchard, Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Herb Alpert, with whom he recorded the album “Passion Dance.” 
In 2005, Humberto founded the record label Nilpo Music. Also, in 2010, he drew on the success of his album “Puerto Rico Jazz Jam” (1999), which featured over sixty renowned local musicians and organized, produced, and presented the first “Puerto Rico Jazz Jam” at the historic Tapia Theater in Old San Juan. Today, the popular yearly event draws jazz and Latin jazz enthusiasts to the island. 
In 2008 he started performing weekly with his Big Band at the Metropol restaurant in Isla Verde. Today Big Band Mondays is a massive success, and it’s where music lovers go to hear and enjoy the unique sound of a Big Band live every Monday.
Humberto also produces the radio show Mi Música Favorita, which airs live every Saturday at 8 PM on WORO 92.5FM in Puerto Rico and on the internet at www.radioorofm.com.
As a producer, Humberto is a four-time Grammy nominee. Also, he is the recipient of six platinum albums, twelve gold albums, four visionary awards, and six “Tu Musica” awards. Moreover, he has received tributes from the representative of the State of Ohio, Dennis J. Kucinich, and Puerto Rico’s State Senate. In 1997 Humberto participated in Bill Clinton’s inauguration; in 2009, he performed at the White House for Barack Obama.
To date, Humberto has released thirty-six albums and performed in every format imaginable, including ensembles, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, octets, strings, orchestras, and (his favorite) big bands. 
Humberto Ramirez’s most recent album is “Better Days. “The album was recorded in late 2022 and early 2023, and the compositions are all original and mainly in the sextet and big band formats,” said Humberto in a recent email exchange. “Also, it includes the composition, ‘Mr. Afinque,’ which I respectfully dedicate to the percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and legend, Willie Rosario.”
Humberto Ramírez deserves recognition for his impressive body of work and promoting jazz in Puerto Rico.

BETTER DAYS TRACKS 

1. Better Days
2. Cangrejero
3. Dark Chocolate
4. A Golden View
5. Forever Brave
6. 72 Escalones
7. The Best of You
8. Mr. Afinque (Dedicated to Willie Rosario)

THE MUSICIANS

Humberto Ramirez, Edgardo Rivera, Giovanni Ortiz, Franisco Alcala, Frankie Perez, Odanis Velazquez, Raul Rosario, William “Kachiro” Thompson, Julito Alvarado, Carlos Martinez Jr., Josue Urbina, Nelson Vega, Luis Rodriguez, Franciso Reyes, Danny Fuentes, Eliut Cintron, Richard Trinidad, Odanis Velazquez, Raul Rosario, Eddie Montalvo, Celso Clemente. 

PRODUCER Humberto Ramirez

LABEL Nilpo Records

ARTIST WEBSITE

RECOMMENDED LISTENING

Jazz Project (1992)
Puerto Rico Jazz Jam (1999)
A Latin Tribute to Miles Davis (2004)
Sentimentales – Humberto Ramírez, Lucy Fabery (2013)
Big Band Mondays – 10 Years (2018)

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