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Born in La Orotava (Canary Islands, Spain) in 1988. He graduated with a Master in Jazz Music degree at the CvA (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) with Ruud Breuls, Jan Oosthof, Joris Roelofs and many others after having completed the Bachelor in Jazz Trumpet at MUSIKENE (Center for Advanced Musical Studies of the Basque Country) with trumpeter Chris Kase. He has also been taught by Perico Sambeat, Bob Sands, Miguel Blanco, Roger Mas, Joaquin Chacon, and masterclasses with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Ambrose Akinmusire, Avisahi Cohen, Terence Blanchard, Terrell Strafford, Till Brönner, Jerry Bergonzi, Polo Orti, Javier Colina, David Pastor and many others. He leads his own band, a latin jazz nonet ‘La Banda del Solar’ and a salsa collective in Tenerife called ‘IBAKÓ’, projects for which he composes and arranges. He is a member of the ‘Big Band de Canarias’ in which he played with Dick Oatts, Kike Perdomo, Yul Ballesteros, Jose A. Medina, Ramon Diaz, etc. During his stay in Holland he has been playing with Rogier Telderman, Reinier Baas, Ben van Gelder, Joris Roelofs, etc and performed at festivals and venues like North Sea Jazz Festival, BIMHUIS (Amsterdam), LantarenVenster (Rotterdam), Paradox (Tilburg), Krongsberg Jazz Festival (Norway), Like A Jazz Machine (Luxembourg), Heineken Jazzaldia of Donostia – San Sebastian, Ezcaray Jazz Festival, Lugo Jazz Festival, Canarias Jazz&Más Festival, Canarias Jazz Showroom, Jazz Festival Bonn (Germany), etc.

On the latin music side he has been member of ‘Caracas Latin Brothers’ and MG Son Iyá latin orchestras. With these two bands he has also accompanied artists such as Tito Nieves, Edwin Rivera, Tony Tun Tun, Tony Vega, Charlie Cruz, Servando y Florentino, Real El Canario, etc. and performed at festivals like Congreso Internacional de Salsa del Atlántico, Merengazo del Atlántico, Carnaval de S/c de Tenerife, etc. He has also worked with Maquinaria Band, Orquesta ‘La Sabrosa’ and one of the most recognized traditional cuban music bands in Canary Islands: Troveros de Asieta.

As a composer & arranger, he has worked with North Atlantic Jazz Connection, La Banda del Solar, Big Band de Canarias, Reunion Big Band, Musikene Big Band, Sedajazz Latin Ensemble and many others.

As a teacher, Natanael has taught a big band workshop at the Conservatory of Burgos (Spain) in 2012, PROMUSIC Jazz Workshop in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) in 2013 and an introductory course to jazz and improvisated music for teachers at the Insular School of Music of La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain).

Awards:

2015 – 1st Prize at the SGAE Big Band Composition Contest (Spain).
2015 – 2nd Prize at the Meerjazz International Big Band Competition (Netherlands).
2015 – Semifinalist at the Keep And Eye Jazz Award (Netherlands).
2014 – Finalist at the National Jazz Contest in Castellón (Spain).
2014 – Semifinalist at the Dutch Jazz Competition (Netherlands).
2014 – 1st Prize at the Meerjazz International Big Band Competition (Netherlands).
2013 – Semifinalist at the National Contest ‘Intercentro Melómano’ representing MUSIKENE (Spain).
2013 – Finalist at the SEDAJAZZ Composition Contest in Valencia (Spain).
2012 – Finalist at the National Jazz Contest in Castellón (Spain).
2008- 1st Prize at the Young Talents Festival in Arona, Tenerife (Spain).
2007 – 2nd Prize at the ULL Rock organized by University of La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain).

 Discography as lider:

2015 – Natanael Ramos Introducing… La Banda del Solar (96k Music, Spain)

Discography as sideman:

2016 – Kike Perdomo & Big Band de Canarias ‘more info coming soon’ (Spain)
2016 – Simbeque ‘more info coming soon’  (Spain)
2016 – Reinier Baas & Princess Discombobulatrix ‘more info coming soon’  (Netherlands)
2016 – Pol Belardi’s Urban Voyage – Pol Belardi’s Urban Voyage  (Unit Records, Luxembourg)
2015 – Big Band de Canarias – Homemade (96k Music, Spain)
2015 – Mathieu Franceschi – High Expectations (France)
2015 – Julian Schneemann – Roundabout (Netherlands)
2014 – Beltway Bandits – Beltway Bandits (Netherlands)
2014 – Big Band de Canarias – Elmer Bernstein: Ghostbusters (Varese Sarabande, USA)
2014 – BVR Flamenco Big Band – Jaleo Holandés (Amstel Records, Netherlands)
​2012 – North Atlantic Jazz Connection – North Atlantic (Takeo Music, Spain)
2011 – Tomás LP Cruz – Projecto Brasileiro (Takeo Music, Spain)
2011 – Beatriz Alonso Quartet – Villegas 10 (Takeo Music, Spain)
2010 – Beatriz Alonso Quartet – Con B de Bolero (Takeo Music, Spain)
2010 – Big Band de Canarias – Atlántida (96k Music, Spain)
2009 – Manescau Latin Quintet – Un Flaco Favor (Takeo Music, Spain)
​2006 – AM Big Band – 1st Edition (96k Music, Spain)

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