Trombeatz “A Caribbean Thing” Hot First Release


Scott H. Thompson

"A Caribbean Thing"


The Trombeatz Story

The members of Trombeatz are all professional artists, but above all else, they are friends, whose only interest is to create and disseminate music. This premiere release came out April 14, 2019.

Trombonist Hommy Ramos, who also serves as the ensemble's musical director, began forming the initial incarnation of Trombeatz in 2005.

Nelson Bello is the band's primary percussionist and conga player. Ramos and Bello met while working together in different "Latin" bands during Ramos' studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. At that time, neither man knew that a common thread between them was their shared connection to both pianist Zaccai Curtis and bassist Luques Curtis, better known to many as The Curtis Brothers, and core creators of what is now Truth Revolution Recording Collective. According to Hommy, "Nelson is a friend and my right hand man, who is in charge of representing 'Trombeatz', in addition to his excellent work as a percussionist."

Joel Mateo is a Puerto Rican drummer based in New York City. Ramos and Mateo have performed together with several artists of great caliber, in addition to shared appearances on recordings with Truth Revolution Recording Collective Artists over the years.

Vibraphonist Felipe Fournier is from Costa Rica, while bassist Alex "Apolo" Ayala hails from Puerto Rico. Hommy Ramos had the pleasure of discovering them while teaching at The Puerto Rico Music Conservatory. He immediately recognized their respective skills as musicians. Years later, these men made the move to New York City, and became an integral part of the Trombeatz family.


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About the Author / Scott H. Thompson

About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.


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