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.
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.”
Randy Sosa, el Coquimayor, played timbales in two of Manny Duran’s bands, with La Herencia Latina orchestra, and with bassist Joe Falcón in the Son Boricua Quintet. His extensive work as a percussionist in the New York City Latin music scene includes bands with Jorge Jimenez's Timbavibe, Chile Benardos's Mundo Clave, and many others. With a vast library of Latin music from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and New York City, Randy is a walking library of living Latin music.
Jack Glottman began playing the piano, guitar and bass in his native Bogotá, Colombia. Self-taught initially, he had formal training in Colombia and Israel, where he moved as a teen. His experience includes performances with touring jazz artists Louis Hayes, Eddie Marshall, Walter Blanding, Eric Alexander and Miles Griffith. He held artist residencies at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at the Steans Institute for Young Artists in Ravinia, Illinois. In 2003, Jack moved to New York City, where he pursued jazz studies at the New School. He currently freelances in the New York City jazz and Latin scenes, working regularly with La Banda Ramirez as well as 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, and Smalls. 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 are included with the music collective 'Migrant Workers.'