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Javier Ramirez – SAX, FLUTE, CLARINET INSTRUCTION
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).