Gina Ramirez is a 20 year old student at Herb Alpert School of Music Cal Arts, a school that offers a vibrant mix of programs that allow students the musical fluency to work across conventional boundaries. Notable alumni include Ravi Coltrane, son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, and Astral Progressions headliner, Josef Leimberg.
I’ve always been keen on how music affected me. When I was 9 years old, my very lovely neighbor offered to teach me classical piano. That’s where my musical journey began. When I entered junior high, I joined beginning band playing trumpet. This is where I learned about different instruments and how you can combine them in music. When I entered high school, I discovered jazz. At the time, I was still playing trumpet and classical piano on the side. But when this genre came into my life, I also discovered jazz bass. I felt a huge connection with that instrument than with any other. At 14, I was gifted an electric bass and I soon taught myself the fretboard and how to read. I would take home jazz charts and try to read the bass parts, I would learn cool bass lines by ear, and I would just try to learn as much as possible about bass. At 16, I composed my first jazz piece. This is when I decided that jazz and composition is what I wanted to do with my life. I enjoy composing, and I enjoy playing bass. So now, here I am in college, studying to become the best I can possibly be at my dream career. I want to strive for greatness. --Gina Ramirez
Some of Gina's most notable performances include a 2014 performance at the Hollywood Bowl w/ Juanes feat. YOLA Orchestra and 3 years of the Playboy Jazz Festival and Central Avenue Jazz Festival with as well as the 2015 Leimert Park Labor Day Festival with Ashley Taylor. Recently, she's played Little Tokyo's own Blue Whale Jazz Club with her jazz trio.
Gina's accomplishments to date include prominent Awards that include: ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer Honorable Mention (2017), Herb Alpert Music Scholarship (2015), Music Center Spotlight Promise Award (2014), NAACP ACT-SO Regional Gold Medalist (2014) and an RDJF Music Scholarship (2012). Gina has also just become an official endorser for REMIC Microphones, the leading Professional designer & manufacturer of high definition condenser microphones for classical instruments, based in the heart of Jutland, Denmark. Congratulations, Gina!
On Sunday, Sept 17th, Go As If presents a night of cosmic jazz under the stars entitled "Astral Progressions." Trumpeter, composer and producer Josef Leimberg, known for his Grammy award-winning work on Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" will bring along some of his favorite collaborators including soul singer, Bilal. Catch a special pre-show performance on the new "Zev" Terrace, (part of the theatres' completed $72M renovation) featuring Gina Ramirez on Double Bass and Tree Academy graduate and 1st year Hamilton High School student, Kobie Dozier. Don't miss this special evening of cosmic jazz and soul music. Tickets on sale now.
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