Latin Culture CelebrationRamón Vázquez

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Ramón Vázquez was born in the Cuban province of Matanzas and at a very early age, he moved to Puerto Rico with his family.
He began music while still in middle school participating in a student band. His first musical steps were with the triangle and the clave. Upon learning from his music teacher that the band needed a bassist, Vázquez accepted the challenge and began his lifelong dedication to the study of this instrument.

Vázquez graduated from the famed Escuela Libre de Música in 1989 with high honors. He studied bass privately and participated in several workshops and seminars including: The Manhattan School of Music Summer Workshop, the Bass Summit at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, and for three years (1995-97) Berklee in Puerto Rico, where he was awarded for outstanding musicianship with a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. Vázquez continued his musical studies at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where he graduated in 1998 with a bachelor's of music in classical double bass and musical education.

During his musical career as an educator, he worked in different projects and institutions. He is professor and founding member of the New Jazz and Caribbean Music Department of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He taught at the Popular Music Department of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Vázquez also actively helped develop and establish the International Association for Jazz Education, Chapter of Puerto Rico, and was elected as an executive member. Vázquez has been extremely involved as a professor and lecturer in various institutions in and out of Puerto Rico.

His talent and charisma have allowed him to work with a great number of pop, jazz, and classical artists, in and out of Puerto Rico. In classical music he was invited as a soloist with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Costa Rica, San Juan Pop Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico while becoming one of the most sought-after bassist in the local music industry.

He has shared the stage, played and/or recorded with some of the best names in jazz and Latin jazz including: Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Eddie Gomez, Justo Almario, Hilton Ruiz, Paquito D`Rivera, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Samuels, Emil Richards, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, David Sanchez, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin, Airto Moreira, Jane Bunnett, and Miguel Zenón, among others.

Vázquez completed his first musical album On The Move, which was released in 2003. In this album, he integrated several music influences and developed a convincing personal style, which led to excellent reviews and a nomination for Winner Music 2004 in Puerto Rico, at the Premios Tu Música. Vázquez is working on his second production.