The Official Website For Cecil Ramirez
Cecil Ramirez is an independent contemporary jazz artist, pianist and composer from Sacramento, California, USA. Over the past few years, he has been a headline artist for Brian Culbertson's Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, Jazz On The Waterfront in Stockton, CA and Sax On The River in Sacramento, CA. For a fifth consecutive year, Cecil co-hosted the official Welcome Dinner for Napa Valley Jazz Getaway 2016 with Brian Culbertson and guests artists, Vincent Ingala, Marcus Anderson, and Morgan James. He will be making his debut at the 30th annual Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival as a headliner in October.
Cecil's CD Party In The Back was released in 2015 and the album is available for download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and CD Baby. CDs are also available on CD Baby. The album has received great reviews and Cecil's singles "Remember The Time" featuring Brian Culbertson, "Talk To The Hand" featuring Phil Denny", J Street" featuring Michael Lington, and "Stronger Than Before" have reached #1 and been on several top ten charts globally.
Listen to sample tracks from Party In The Back HERE
Cecil's New Album: Party In The Back
Party In The Back is Cecil's homage to the R&B grooves that he grew up with, listened to and played as part of an R&B band on tour in the 80's. The album is a collection of 7 hook-laden original tunes and 3 covers of Cecil's favorite songs. Cecil invited some of his buddies to play on Party In The Back and the album features amazing guest performances by sax men Michael Lington, Darren Rahn, & Phil Denny; guitarist Adam Hawley; and pianist/producer Brian Culbertson playing synth solos on the new single "Remember The Time".
About Party In The Back, Cecil says, "I wanted to create an album that showed where my music is today, but still reflected where I came from. Playing casino gigs in the 80's with a 7-piece group was a unique experience; I have great memories of the music and musicians I met during that time. Hopefully, the album will take listeners on a fun trip back to where they were in the 80's."
Cecil's First Album: Talk To The Hand
Talk To The Hand is a smooth blend of danceable rhythms, emotional ballads, and smooth R&B grooves. The CD reflects contemporary jazz, R&B, latin and Brazilian influences that features Cecil's playing, writing, and arranging skills. The album features four of Cecil's original songs including "Sunflowers", the romantic ballad written for Cecil's wife, Karen, that ranked #1 on Broadjam's Contemporary Jazz charts for 4 consecutive months. Also featured are all-new arrangements of the 1980's El DeBarge hit "Someone", the Roberta Flack classic "Feel Like Making Love", the sultry Spyro Gyra ballad "Autumn of Our Love", the slamming Everette Harp groove "Kisses Don't Lie", and the funky hit "Do You Really Love Me?" by Cecil's good friend and smooth jazz hero, Brian Culbertson.
Talk To The Hand was recorded in Sacramento, CA with location recordings in southern California and central Michigan. The album showcases the talents of veteran guitarists Ramon Stagnaro (Yanni, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli) and Bruce Kaldor.