WBAI Fundraiser for Louie Ramirez

Nancy Rodriguez of WBAI radio

On Sunday, February 25, 2001, WBAI 99.5 FM, a noncommercial radio station based in New York City, held a tribute to Louie Ramirez. Born February 28, 1938, in New York City, he was both an inspiration and a musical legend. He played percussion, vibes, and piano; he was also a band leader and a record producer. Louie was responsible in the 1980s for "Salsa Romantica."

The tribute was produced by Nancy Rodriguez and Dred-Scott Keye for Rodriguez's show, "Ritmo con Ache" ("Rhythm with Strength"). It included a jam session produced by Nancy Rodriguez and Jose Mangual, Jr.

The following were the participating musicians:
Vocals: Jimmy Sabater, Frankie Ruiz, Jose Mangual, Jr., and Luis Soto
Congas: Felix Cruz and Milton Cardona
Bongos: Luis Mangual and Papo Pepin
Timbales: Nicky Marrero
Piano: Lucho Cuerto
Bass: Luis Arona
Vibes: A.J. Mantas

Listen to: Track 1, Track 2, Track 3, Track 4, Track 5, & Track 6.

Check our photos from the event.