Born: January 6, 1965 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Paisley Ramirez was born on Jan 6, 1965.
Ramirez went to university in Ontario, Canada in 1983 to study music, and began performing on the jazz scene there.
After completing his studies, he began performing across Canada in major cities including Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg (with alumni of the Late Lenny Breau's various bands), Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
He went through what he calls a “Paul Desmond” phase in the middle- to late-80s, and then a more R&B oriented phase (a la King Curtis) starting around 1990 during which he pursued an R&B sensibility in his soloing even while playing jazz.
By the mid-90s, Ramirez began performing Blues, Funk, and R&B more often than Jazz, partly in aid of his study of the style, and, he admits, partly because the money was better.
As the turn-of-the millennium came and went, Ramirez finally got together the quartet that he had always wanted - including a Latin drummer, an R&B guitarist, and a Funk bassist... only to abandon it and return to the United States in 2005 to pursue, among other things, the New York Jazz sound, one that has inspired him since the early days of his career.
He currently resides in Connecticut, which he describes as a convenient mid-point between New York City and Boston, and performs at all points in between.
Ramirez doubles on Saxophones (alto, tenor, and baritone), Piano, Vocals, Flute, and Clarinet.
He performs with riveting style in a variety of genres ranging from Jazz to Rock; Blues to Country; Latin to Hip Hop, and gigs regularly with an eclectic range of acts including:
Hartford Jazz Orchestra, Burt Teague Band, ED and the Bluepills, Five Speed Rooster, Paisley Ramirez Quartet (saxes), Paisley Ramirez Piano/Vocal Solo
He performs in an equally diverse group of clubs including:
Szechuan Tokyo, Max Downtown, Black Eyed Sally's, BOSC Kitchen and Wine Bar, Arch Street Tavern
Ramirez also enjoys countless guest appearances with other local and national acts.
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
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