Dayramir González – A fulfilled promise of Cuban Jazz

Apr 18, 2021


If we talk about young talent’s in Cuban Jazz, it is certain that at some point the name of Dayramir González Vicet will arise in the conversation.

Our land is a fertile ground for this musical genre, not only in instrumentalists but in Jazz followers, so it is not surprising that the remarkable career of this musician is followed by many.

From the cradle to glory

He was born in Havana, on October 18, 1983 in the neighborhood of Cerro. Dayramir was only 4 years old when his father, the jazz trumpeter Fabian Gonzalez introduced him to the piano. Already at 8 years old he began studying classical piano with Amado Touza and Miriam Valdés, education that who he completes at the middle level at the National School of Art (ENA), under the guidance of the prestigious pianist Huberal Herrera.

However, his passion was and is jazz music. With a solid preparation, Dayramir played with former Irakere Oscar Valdés at age 16 on the Diakara project, in many jazz clubs of Havana. His work led him to participate in the International Festival Jazz Plaza of 2000 and 2001.

Already the following year, in 2002, he ensemble a jazz quintet with graduates of the ENA and repeated in the Jazz Plaza of that year with his new alignment. As a guest, he also participates in the 2003 and 2004 editions.

In 2005 Dayramir González enters the band Klímax under its director Giraldo Piloto, performing in Tenerife with Jerry Rivera. In parallel, he formed his own group Dayramir & Habana enTrance, with which he won the competition of young jazz players Jojazz.

This triumph opens the doors to the record world, in collaboration with Elmer Ferrer and Orlando Sánchez, in addition to former Irakere Javier Zalba and César López.

A Jazz with visions of past and future

Dayramir González has cultivated a very sui generis way of doing current Cuban jazz, combining it with genres such as danzón and contradanza. After entering the Higher Institute of Art, he obtained a scholarship at the prestigious school of Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2010, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 2013.

So far, this young man’s career continues to stardom, after settling in the Bronx, New York. He has shared stages as Cuban and other latitude musicians, such as Bobby Carcassés, Chucho Valdés, Diego El Cigala, Eddie Palmieri, Hernán López-Nussa, Greg Osby, Ignacio Berroa, Janne Brunnet, Jimmy Brandly, Larry Harlow, Omara Portuondo ,Pacho Terry, Ramón Valle, Raúl Pineda, Teté Caturla, Timbalaye and many others.

Discography and further projects

So far, Dayramir González has released two studio albums Dayramir & Habana enTrance (2017, Producciones Colibrí) and The Grand Concourse (2018, Machat Records).

In his most recent record production, Dayramir was featuring Nadia Washington, Oriente López, Pedrito Martínez, Raul Pineda, String Bembe and Yosvany Terry.

But his work is not limited to his artistic career. To ensure the continuity of jazz and music in general, he co-found of The Art School of Contemporary Performance and Creativity in the Bronx, to offer music education to elementary and middle school students with artistic aspirations.

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