Extended Biography

 Dec. 29th 1964 - Luis Ramón Valle Sanchez is born in Holguin, Cuba.

1984: Ramón graduates from the Escuela Provincial de Arte in Havana, Cuba.

1985: Ramón plays a double concert with Emiliano Salvador. He also performs as a solo-artist and as the leader of his quartet "Brujula" during the Havana Jazz Festival, Mexico and the Jazz Festival in Bogota, Colombia.

1991 - 1993: Ramon is the pianist of the Silvio Rodriguez group Diakara. Ramón records his first CD Levitando with musicians Dafnis Prieto, Felix Betancourt and Antonio Guillem.

1995 - 1999: Ramón has his first performance in Europe at the Jamboree Jazz Club in Barcelona, Spain. It is here where he records the live cd "Casa Jamboree" with the musicians Salvador Niebla(drums) and Carles Benavent(bass). He releases his 2nd CD "Piano Solo." He settles in Amsterdam and tours Germany, Scandinavia and Spain.

2000: Ramón Valle co-operates as an orchestrator, composer and pianist with the project "Ritmo Flamenco Cubano" and tours with them through Germany.

Ramon plays for the first time with his trio at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland. Critics call him "the surprise of the Festival."

2001: Valle's trio plays the North Sea Jazz Festival a second time with special guest musician Jane Bunnet.

2002: He releases his 3rd CD "Danza Negra" on German record label ACT with musicians Perico Sambeat (sax), Carlos Puig (trumpet), Omar Rodriguez Calvo (bass) and Horacio el Negro Hernandez (drums). Ramón plays the Montreux Jazz Festival, Leverkusen Festival and Jazz Plaza Habana.

2003: Ramón plays the North Sea Jazz Festival with guest musicians Roy Hargrove and Perico Sambeat. Valle writes a composition for the Amsterdam Foundation of Art titled: "Mixed-up Mokum," premiered in the Concert Hall of Amsterdam. He releases his 4th CD, "No Escape" on ACT with musicians Omar Rodriguez Calvo(bass) and Liber Torriente(drums). Ramón collaborates and plays on a Ben Lierhouse project called "Parsifal goes La Habana."

2004: He tours "No Escape" through Holland, Belgium, France and Spain and Hungary. In Italy, Ramón plays together with Chucho Valdes during Jazz Manherba. The concert is called: Chucho Valdes meets Ramón Valle. He also plays the Piano Solo Festival, Prague.

2005: Ramón plays South Africa's Capetown Jazz Festival with his trio and also tours Luxembourg, Austria, France and Prague and presents various concerts with the Dutch trumpet player Eric Vloeimans with a project called "Ramón Valle meets Eric Vloeimans." Ramón composes music for a documentary on Dutch TV called "Benigno, Farewell of a Revolution" by Marlou van Berge.

2006: Ramón plays on the debut album of opera star Tania Kross. Ramón releases his piano solo and 5th CD "Memorias" on ACT and tours Holland, Germany, Spain and France. He plays together with Horacio el Negro Hernandez and Italuba at the Music Meeting in Nijmegen, Holland. In Istanbul he plays with his trio and guest musician Perico Sambeat during the Akbank International Jazz Festival.

2007: Ramón performs with his trio and guest musician Perico Sambeat at the Melbourne Jazz Festival, Australia. With the Gnawa Crossroads Project he tours Holland, Morocco, Germany and Spain.
Ramón gives various concerts with Eric Vloeimans. With his own trio he performs at the Granollers Jazz Festival, Spain, the Johannesburg Jazz Festival, South Africa and various festivals in Colombia.

2008: With Reno Steba he performsperfoms at the Aruba Jazz Festival. With Eric Vloeimans and Gabor Winand he plays the Hungarian Jazz Festival in Budapest. Ramón records his 5th CD "Fabulas" together with Eric and Gabor for the BMC label.

2009: Ramón starts his own record label called "RVS MUSIC" and releases his new trio CD Playground (his 6th) with musicians Omar Rodriguez Calvo (bass) and Owen Hart Jr.(drums). Ramón Valle presents "Playground" at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam. The trio is a guest on the Dutch television program "Vrije Geluiden". This interview and trio performance (is in English) on YouTube. (Ramon Valle interview for VPRO Vrije Geluiden).

2010: With "Playground" the trio tours at world festivals in Colombia, Israel, London, Italy, Romania, Belgium, Holland at the North Sea Jazz Festival and in the famous Concert Hall of Amsterdam.

2011: Ramon is asked to be the guest soloist of Holland's XLJAZZ Orchestra by Martin Fondse. He plays several concerts with this orchestra and records an album with them called "Martian World" featuring two of his compositions and arrangements. Ramón tours Israel as a duo with the Dutch Jazz singer Denise Jannah. In October of 2011, Ramón records his 7th album and second cd from his own record label RVS MUSIC, "Flashes from Holland" with guest musician Jesse van Ruller. This project receives support from the Dutch Performing Arts Fund. Flashes from Holland is released in March 2012.

2012: With the project "Skins & Keys" Ramon tours in February of this year through theaters in Holland. It is a project with 3 percussionists and Ramon Valle on piano. In March 2012, Ramon releases his new RVS album "Flashes from Holland" at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. The concert is sold-out. The album receives only positive critique and 4 and 5 star ratings. With "Flashes from Holland" Ramon Valle tours many theaters in Holland, and also international festivals, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Barcelona Jazz Festival and the International Jazz Festival in BarquisimetoBaqrquisimeto/Venezuela. Also the quartet is selected to give a showcase at the Dutch Jazz and World Meeting 2012.

2013: Ramon Valle continues performing with his trio in this year, especially in Germany. The trio plays at different festivals, such the Klavier-Festival in Essen, in Elmau at the beautiful "Schloss Elmau" and at the Bayerischer Hoffe in Munich, and also at the jazzclubs, like the A-Trane in Berlin.

2014: Ramon signs exclusively with U.S. Manager/Producer Suzi Reynolds who produces a deluxe CD/DVD project called TAKE OFF and signs him to the internationally distributed label, IN + OUT RECORDS, who will release this outstanding project featuring an “in studio” DVD with live audience in March 2015. This is Valle's first project on which he features his “take offs” of four jazz, pop and folk classics, completely rearrangedre-arranged in his own style, along with seven outstanding originals.