Happy New Year! I am so thrilled that this past year, 2018, my bands album, “African Skies”, made Andrew Gilbert’s (prominent jazz advocate and correspondent for all jazz music being made and produced in the greater San Francisco Bay Area) best of the Bay Area albums by Jazz Musicians. I rarely consider myself a jazz […]
A string of great shows and the next installment of recordings from the Jemal Ramirez Group are just around the corner. We would love to play music for you and yours, live in person. We’ll have copies of our records to sign for you as well as a limited first run of Joyful Beat Records T-shirts. […]
It was 30 years ago that I first heard about the Downbeat Magazine (Jazz, Blues and Beyond) as a teenage drummer in the Merced High School jazz band, located in the California Central Valley, under the band direction of Gregory Christiansen. Since learning about this magazine I have spent many years reading several issues of […]
Joe Gilman and Giulio Xavier Cetto are some of the best musicians I had the pleasure of working with. They each brought their own interpretations of the music we played, including my original tune I wrote for my daughter, called “Stasia”. And yet, playing with each of them seemed so familiar. However, Joe and I […]
Another week of African Skies on the Jazz Week Charts. I know I’ve said this already–but I’m so grateful for the Jazz Radio Folks in the US, Vancouver and Now on Time Warner & Comcast Cable TV. #9 this week. We are beyond excited that our music is being shared by people who love our collective […]
African Skies is masterfully processed by expert vinyl lacquer cutter George Horn. Manufactured on 180 gram vinyl at world renowned RTI (Record Technology Incorporated) plant in Southern California. This double album comes with a digital download of 19 superb performances with an All-Star band. Pick up your own copy or a copy for that special […]
Click on the title/photo to view the video from our concert at the Pinkhouse on October 12, 2016.
Dear friends, family and supporters of the Jemal Ramirez Group! New music on our forthcoming album “African Skies” featuring Warren Wolf, Howard Wiley, Mike Olmos Matthew Clark, John Shifflett and myself is all recorded and currently in the editing and mixing phases–19 new tracks!!! We have a double album coming your way at the beginning of […]
*jazzweek_2016.01.25_Most Added week 1, *jazzweek_2016.02.01_Chartbound week 2, *jazzweek_2016.02.08_Chartbound week 3, *jazzweek_2016.02.15_#46 week 4, *jazzweek_2016.02.22_#38 week 5, *jazzweek_2016.02.29_#39 week 6, *jazzweek_2016.03.07_#45 week 7, *jazzweek_2016.04.11_#48 week 8, *26 weeks later “Pomponio” still on the Top 100 jazzweek chart for 2016.
Jemal Ramirez Pomponio First Orbit Sounds Music 262 Drummer Jemal Ramirez has long loved the music of the classic Blue Note label and hard bop in general. On Pomponio, his first solo album, he leads a septet that, with its trumpet-sax frontline, is sometimes a bit reminiscent of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. However its repertoire […]
This new double album is my best work to date. It is always a pleasure to work with my dream team band. On African Skies we explore some of my original compositions–as well as compositions from some of my favorite musicians who compose. Warren Wolf is so amazing here on this recording–you will truly enjoy […]