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Dayramir Gonzalez


Dayramir Gonzalez grew up in Cerro, a humble Havana neighborhood, during a very tough economic time in Cuba’s history. This lack of financial stability did not stop the growth and promotion of music education on the island. His father, Fabian Gonzalez, is a well-known and successful Afro-Cuban jazz trumpeter. Gonzalez was attracted to the piano early and his talent was evident to many. He attended the famous Cuban National High School for the Arts (ENA) and at age sixteen began working professionally with various groups, including recording with Cuban drum legend, Giraldo Piloto and his group, “Klimax”. In 2004 he won first place in performance at the annual JoJazz Festival and competition, popular as one of Havana’s top venues for up and coming jazz artists. In 2005, he won first place in the composition category. In leaps and bounds, he became a skilled artist, bandleader and composer. His first album would win three Cubadisco awards. Those are awards comparable to our Grammys. He walked away with Best Debut Album, Best Jazz Album and Best Engineered Recording. In 2009, Gonzalez received an invitation to audition to attend the highly praised Berklee School of Music in Boston. He was the first Cuban national to receive a full scholarship. By 2011, he was signed to record for Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records. In 2012, he was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of their Voices of Latin America series. His newest released album The Grand Concourse was rated 4.5/5 stars in 2018 DownBeat Magazine.
“In Mr. Gonzalez’s hands, an Afro-Cuban batá drum pattern becomes a tone poem filled with funk attitude and modern-jazz feel.” - The Wall Street Journal

"The Grand Concourse is a tour de force. As writer, arranger, pianist, leader, and guiding spirit of this sensational project, Dayramir Gonzalez exhibits complete command. The writing and playing are breathtaking." -DownBeat

"This is what's going on right now in Cuban jazz. Dayramir, an incredibly talented young pianist, really represents the cutting edge of what's going on with Cuban jazz." -Marcus Miller

“Very rarely indeed does one get to call an album of music “a masterpiece” and actually mean it. But this is absolutely true of The Grand Concourse”- Latin Jazz Network


Watch Past Performances

Video 12/14/2018: Dayramir Gonzalez

Cuban pianist and composer Dayramir Gonzalez presents a wide spectrum of today’s Cuban music. From classical to danzón to cha-cha-cha to Afro-Cuban jazz, the music is a blend of New York vanguard harmonies and West African sentiments, making for a superb night of listening, clapping, singing along, dancing, and smiling