Curt Ramm grew up in a family with a rich musical heritage. His grandmother was an accomplished “stride” piano player, his aunts and uncles played fiddles, mandolins and guitars and his dad (John “Buster” Ramm) had been a bass player in a variety of country swing bands of the 30s and 40s.
The “Ramm String Band” had a steady gig playing a live radio broadcast from the rooftop garden of the Connor Hotel in Joplin, Missouri. Curt started out on the violin at an early age, but was attracted to the trumpet after hearing an Al Hirt recording.
Curt moved to Kansas City at age ten and attended Broadmoor Junior High School. His school band director often took Curt and his tight group of friends to see Count Basie, Cannonball Adderley, Gene Harris, Dizzy Gillespie and many others on weekends. Their Jr. High band performed regularly at midwestern jazz festivals, and on occasion was joined by Clark Terry on trumpet.
Clark was a major influence on Curt’s trumpet playing style in the early years. Curt studied trumpet with Richard Scott and Bill Trumbauer, and later with John Elliott and Red Rodney. Around the time Curt got to high school, he was asked to play lead trumpet with the Johnson Community College Lab Band. That band played jazz festivals in Kansas City, Manhattan, Wichita, Ann Arbor and Toronto. After college, Curt joined the U.S. Navy Band and was a featured jazz soloist with the 20 piece Navy Show Band and later became the section leader of the touring group “Long Island Sound”. Upon leaving the Navy Band, he co-founded the Fusion Band “Ocean” in Newport RI and later moved to Cincinnati where the band enjoyed a loyal following. The band recorded their LP, Ocean “Sunrise” at QCA, Cincinnati. He returned to the Kansas City Jazz Scene in the early eighties and had the opportunity to play with many touring musicians as they passed through town. He played Lead Trumpet in the Charlie Parker Memorial Foundation Jazz Orchestra.
Curt’s interest in recording, led him to partnering in his own recording studio. It was there that he recorded his first solo effort, “A Summer Place” for En Pointe records in Los Angeles.
As well as being an in-demand studio session player, Curt’s electrifying live performances as a leader and sideman, has kept him very busy over the years.