Tomas Ramirez is looking forward to playing with Los Bluzanos, a local blues band, after being away for a year.
“I feel great,” said Ramirez, one of the founding members of the band.
He now lives near Atlanta where he plays with a couple of bands and records his own music.
He will perform with Los Bluzanos Wednesday night, Dec. 22, at the University Inn, 55 Sam Perl Blvd.
“What’s really fantastic is the people down there raising money to bring me down there,” he said. “That’s really humbling.”
Emilio Crixell, another founding member – and a singer and guitarist for the band – said the band tries to get Ramirez back down to the Valley periodically.
“We try to have him come down every once in awhile and do some shows because people listen down here,” he said. “I’m trying to emphasize that Tomas is coming and that we’re bringing music back downtown to Brownsville.”
Crixell said Ramirez is one of the most accomplished musicians he’s ever played with.
“Besides just being a great saxophonist, he’s just an original,” he aid. “He brings a lot to the music. He brings a very jazz sensibility to our blues that we do. He changes around what we do. It’s just a different mix with him.”
Ramirez, a Brownsville native, said he left a couple for the Atlanta area because of the opportunities there.
“There is a lot more music here,” he said. “There are a lot of people here that are a lot better than me. The learning experience is great.”
Crixell said the event is “absolutely free,” and added that the downtown area is beginning to have more musical venues.
“There’s going to be more clubs opening downtown but this is like the first one, trying to get people excited about music moving toward the historical Brownsville locations,” Crixell said. “It’s starting to get pretty good.”