Phil Ramone: Legendary Music Producer Leaves Indelible Imprint at Frost

April 01, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — Phil Ramone, pioneering audio engineer and multi-Grammy and Emmy Award winning producer, died on March 30 in Manhattan. He was 79. Ramone worked with some of the biggest music stars of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand and many more.

Ramone brought innovation and inspiration to University of Miami Frost School of Music students under the auspices of the Phil Ramone Project established in 2008 shortly after Dean Shelly Berg arrived at the Frost School of Music. Ramone and Berg had worked together previously at such venues as the Hollywood Bowl and recording sessions at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

Through Ramone's Frost School initiative, he and Berg co-produced a concert reading of a new musical theatre work Lanza! The Mario Lanza Story with the Frost School’s Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Industries program, under the direction of Christopher Palmer.

Ramone was also a presenter for the 2009 Stamps Distinguished Visitors Series at Frost and lent his expertise to a number of large-scale concerts and recordings with the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra in each of the past three years. He was most recently in Miami in January to oversee audio production for a JazzRoots concert and PBS television taping, produced by his longtime friend and former business partner Larry Rosen. Entitled Jazz and the Philharmonic it was presented at the Adrienne Arsht Center, and featured the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and alumni performers from the National YoungArts Foundation.

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Phil Ramone, right, with vocalist Michael Guilo, B.M. '11, during a "Lanza" rehearsal.