Multi-talented music arranger and composer, Jose Ramon Nunez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Influenced by the melodies and harmonies of Latin jazz and funk music, Jose plays both the trombone and piano. The mellow dynamic piano stimulates the senses and the distinct trombone leaves an energetic spark. Jose is a skilled and spirited musician.
What is your musical background?
I was attracted to music since a very young age. I started playing the piano at music school from the age of 8, then added the trombone in my teenage years.
How has growing up in Havana influenced your journey in music?
I come from a family of musicians, my great grandmother was the first who created the women only band, La Charanga De Doña Irene in 1928. Growing up around her, influenced my taste of music. Cuba is mixed country, we have the African rhythm influences, the Latin music from the Caribbean, the jazz from the USA, not to forget the Spanish flamenco. It’s such a rich culture, that it’s hard not to love it and get inspired by it.
What do you love about playing the trombone and piano?
The two instruments are very versatile, both gives me the freedom to create and perform different styles of music, from classical jazz and pop, salsa and more.
Do you have a favourite musician – how have they inspired you?
I get inspired by the musicians I work with, as well as by the big names in the music world, mostly jazz and funk, constantly searching for new inspirations and motivations, so if I name just few, will be not fair to others.