Berardo “Chacho” Ramirez is composer, bandleader, and drummer of Metrotang, playing Latin Jazz with an Afro-beat. Together with his wife Carolyn Steinberg Ramirez, he co-leads La Banda Ramirez, playing Latin jazz and salsa. Chacho has toured and performed with the following artists: Ahmad Jamal, Jymie Merritt, Hal Galper, Lee Wiley, Jose Fajardo, Babatunde Olatunji, Bill Jacobs, and Alex Blake. He has recorded with the Ron Gill Group, Richie Vitale, Iguazu, Jorge Sanchez, Bill Jacobs, Alex Blake and Sweet Plantain Quartet. Commissioned by the New York State Council on the Arts to write his “Nubia Suite,” his compositions have been performed by Sweet Plantain String Quartet, the Hofstra University Percussion Ensemble, and others. He has taught in workshops, drum clinics and Master Classes alongside Max Roach, Alan Dawson, Joe Morello, Bernard Purdie, and Jim Chapin. He wrote a guide on the history of salsa music for use by public school teachers.
Sarah Jane Cion says,
“Chacho Ramirez’s CD “Lights Out” impresses in every way – from the grooving bass lines to the fantastically interwoven rhythms and exciting solos. Recorded sonically with the utmost clarity, even after repeated listening I couldn’t get enough of this recording. There is magic around every corner in this sparkling tapestry. Don’t miss this CD – it will not disappoint.”
Jack Glottman began playing the piano, guitar and bass in his native Bogotá, Colombia. Self-taught initially, he had formal training. As a teen, he moved to Israel where he focused his studies on piano and jazz at arts schools and at the conservatory.
Before moving to New York, his experience includes performances with touring jazz artists Louis Hayes, Eddie Marshall, Walter Blanding, Eric Alexander and Miles Griffith. In 2003, Jack moved to New York City, where he currently freelances in the jazz and Latin scenes, working regularly with vocalist Melissa Walker, trombonist Rafi Malkiel, and “Grupo Cachimba,” at locales such as Fat Cat (with the Fat Cat Big Band), Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Jazz Standard, Sweet Rhythm, Lenox Lounge, Smalls, and Paris Blues. He has performed, recorded or toured with bassist Christian McBride, saxophonists Ron Blake, and Wes Anderson. Mr. Glottman's compositions and arrangements are featured on two independently produced CD's, and is included with the music collective 'Migrant Workers.' He participated at artist residencies at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at the Steans Institute for Young Artists in Ravinia, Illinois.
Carolyn Steinberg Ramirez
is a versatile flutist whose repertoire ranges from Bach to Latin jazz. Having begun with piano at age 6, she has played flute since the age of 10, with gaps for studying music composition in Siena, Italy and Freiburg, Germany, where she taught ear training at the Freiburg Musikhochshule. She received her doctoral degree in composition from The Juilliard School in 1989, and more recently studied flute with Marco Granados and Karen Bogardus, improvisation with trumpeter Richie Vitale. She continues to write chamber music for classical musicians, with a recent CD release featuring her composition for the Emerald Trio. Her CD "Songs, Dances, Duos" is available on CDBaby.com. La Banda Ramirez plays her arrangements of salsa and Latin jazz covers.