Ramón Valle Kwintet + support Noa Lauryn

Ramón Valle is considered one of the best Latin Jazz pianists in the world. After his birth in Holguin, Cuba, Ramón grew up in a musical family. From an early age he became interested in the piano and started a classical study. At the age of 20 he graduated cum laude at the Havana Conservatory.

In Cuba, Ramón plays with national heroes such as Silvio Rodriguez, Emiliano Salvador and Santiago Feliu. Despite his classical background, Ramón became passionate about jazz and decided to go to Europe to further develop his own sound. He settled in the Netherlands in 1997 to discover the world of jazz. Ramón shared the stage with, among others, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Miller and Chucho Valdes. In the Netherlands Valle immediately joined the Dutch top. He performed with Eric Vloeimans, Jesse van Ruller, Reinier Baas, Benjamin Herman, Martin Fondse, Tania Cross and Ruth Jacott.

With his live performances, Ramón inspired more than 200,000 visitors to his concerts. He sold out the Concertgebouw during the Robeco Summer series and played several times at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Shortly after his first North Sea Jazz performance, Ramón was called “the surprise of the festival” in the media. Ramón has since been a welcome guest at VPRO’s Free Sounds, Opium Radio and Sublime FM.

In 2018, Ramón Valle wins the Cubadisco Award, Cuba’s most prestigious music prize, for his album The Art Of Two in the “Best Instrumental Album” category. In the same year, Ramón writes composition for the Ricciotti Ensemble: a legendary street orchestra in which 40 promising young musicians, with Ramón as guest soloist, reinvent their music genres. Their visit to Cuba in 2018 was the first time that an entire Dutch orchestra performed in Cuba.

In 2019, Ramón received an honorary award for his work as a pianist and composer.

During the Opening Night of the 8th Red Light Jazz festival at the TOBACCO Theater, Ramón Valle will perform with his quintet. Don’t expect a typical jazz quintet. The music that Ramón and his band will play that evening consists of many more musical influences, such as classical, rock and Latin. The compositions are sometimes subtle, melodic, but also explosive and powerful and offer a lot of room for improvisation.

Line Up

  • Ramón Valle
  • Piano
  • Omar Rodriguez Calvo
  • Double bass
  • Marco Toro
  • Drums
  • Gerardo Rosales
  • Percussion
  • Ilja Reijngoud
  • Trombone

© fotografie Gerhard Richter