Javier Ramirez

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Known for his aggressive sound full of body and core, Javier Ramirez is quickly making a name for

himself as a rened saxophonist whose robust tone and blistering technique captivates audiences

world wide. His vitalizing performance is highly rhythmic and bold, while acutely sensitive and


The California native was quickly impassioned with the saxophone at the age of 11, and was

constantly asked to stop practicing and tend to basic needs such as eating and sleeping. Upon

hearing the works of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Michael Brecker, an obsessive love aair

with jazz lit aame.

Early private lessons with esteemed saxophonist Mike McMullen propelled his technical facility and

fostered rapid musical maturity and personal growth.

At the age of 17, he studied breathing techniques with R&B saxophonist Walter Beasley and Latin

Jazz interpretation with Oscar Stagnaro (Bassist with Paquito D’Rivera) at the 2000 Berklee in L.A.

Contemporary Performance Program.

It was also at this time that the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society awarded him a scholarship to

further his private studies while honing in the clarinet with Dixieland.

After a brief stint performing and touring with local bands, he transferred clear across the country

to Miami’s Florida International University, where he studied with Gary Campbell, and privately with

both Gary Keller at the University of Miami and international recording artist Dr. Ed Calle at

Miami-Dade College. It was this saxophonic trifecta that artfully shaped his professional approach

to successful commercial musicianship, seless dedication to the craft, and borderline enmeshment

with his instruments.

His career has taken him to every corner of the globe, not only touring, but by sea onboard luxury

cruise ships over 6.5 years, performing with numerous guest artists and production shows in show

bands for Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, and

Holland America Cruise Line.

Furthering his prociency on ute has been a close second to the saxophone with mentors Mike

McMullen (classical ute with Mong Pil Kim at the SF Conservatory), Viviana Guzman (Jean-Pierre

Rampal at Julliard in NYNY), and Bay Area soloist Francesca Anderson (San Jose State University).