Internationally-acclaimed recording and performing artist, Dr. José Valentino Ruiz is an EMMY® Award Winner, a multi-Latin GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist-producer-engineer, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, missionary, and educator known for his passionate performances, versatility, and fluid expression on the flute, saxophone, bass, and Latin percussion. José Valentino has worked for American Idol and X-Factor, has produced 59 albums, has scored 30+ nationally-televised commercials, & has performed in over 1100 concerts. His music business & entrepreneurship credentials include CEO/Director of Production & Entertainment for JV Music Enterprises LLC., Strategic Communications Director for TJ Flutes & Saxophones UK Co., Entrepreneurship Coach for Diaz Music Institute 501c3, and Film Composer for MVProds & Hayden 5. Additionally, José Valentino is one of the most sought-after commercial music instrumental artists and DJ’s in the country.
A few accolades include an EMMY® Award (i.e., Best Cultural Documentary), two Latin GRAMMY® Award Nominations (i.e., Best Jazz & Best Instrumental Album), a Parents' Choice® Award, a Global Music® Award, a Yamaha® Young Performing Artist Award Winner, a Big Easy® Entertainment Award, and 51 DownBeat® Student Music Awards (the record holder) as Winner for the following categories at undergrad and graduate levels: small jazz group, jazz soloist, blues/pop/rock soloist, blues/pop/rock group, Latin group, studio engineered recording, live engineered recording, and classical soloist. José Valentino is a committee & voting member for The Recording Academy, The Latin Recording Academy, and The Gospel Music Association.
As a prolific recording artist, producer, and composer, José Valentino has produced 15 solo albums within the traditions of contemporary jazz - "A Walk With God" and "Mosaico", a world-fusion album - "A Traveler's Journey", two straight-ahead jazz album - "A New Standard" and "Remembering" , a singer-songwriter album - "The Other Side of Love Songs" with EMMY® Award winner Gualo, a hip hop album -"Shade & Color", a solo bass album - "Soul Speaks", a solo jazz piano album - "Expressions: The Jazz Piano Album", two Latin jazz albums - "I Make You Want To Move" and "Ahora Más Que Nunca", a world music album with the renowned flutist Jim Walker - "We Are One: An Exploration of Latin American Music, two instrumental albums with Latin GRAMMY® Award nominee Bruno Miranda - "Chapter II" and "His Presence", a folk instrumental album - "Wind of Revelation", and a funk/fusion album - "Real & Raw: The Live Sessions."
Currently, José Valentino is working on an innovative album, "The Global Funk" which features his extraordinary musicianship on multiple instruments and compositions that infuse powerful lyrics sung by José in Mandarin, Swahili, Spanish, Hindi, Zulu, and more. In 2019, José Valentino was commissioned by Trevor James Flutes UK Co. to produce a meditative album, "Closer to Eternity", which will feature José's provoking flute and percussion playing deep-rooted West-African, Japanese, and Native American nuances with 10 original compositions. In addition to Producing these award-winning albums, José Valentino has produced 44 albums for other artists.
For nearly two decades, José Valentino has managed an exhilarating, versatile, and cutting-edge career as he has redefined the concept of a music entrepreneur and is one of the world's sought-after performers as he gives high-energy performances in the styles of jazz, Latin jazz, funk/fusion, pop, R&B, world music, and singer-songwriter. José Valentino has shared the stage on numerous occasions with musical legends such as Chick Corea, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Alex Acuña, Jim Walker, Aaron Neville, Poncho Sanchez, El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, Victor Wooten, John Clayton, Hubert Laws, just to name a few. Some of his festival headline engagements include Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, D.C. Jazz Festival, Low Country Jazz Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Cape Coral Jazz Festival, Ft. Meyer's Jazz Festival, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Houston Latin Jazz Festival, NAMM Show, Festival Miami, WinterFest, and more. He has performed with his band or as a featured artist in Canada, U.S.A., Spain, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Brazil, Turkey, Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Liberia, Greece, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico.
As a Film/Media Composer & Post-Production Engineer, José Valentino has produced music for numerous nationally-televised documentaries for Hayden5Media and MVProductions LLC. (i.e., Art Vessel, Improv island), a feature film (i.e., Sunbelt Express), and commercials (i.e., McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Swiffer, The Economist, ESPN, etc.). His collaborative work has been honored and recognized by the Gasparilla International Film Festival, Los Angeles Shorts Festival, Chelsea Film Festival (3x), Newport Film Festival, Bahamas, Napa Valley Film Festival, 15 Minutes of Fame Film Festival, International Film Festival, Champs Elysees Film Festival, Best Short Competition. As a Music Producer for American Idol and X-Factor (post-show), José Valentino was sought-after by the organizations as one of 'go-to-guys' for devising hit singles for artists that came out of the nationally-televised competition.
As a college professor, José served as Instructor of Record (2013 - 2016) for numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in commercial music subjects (i.e., album production, Latin American music ensemble, ethnodoxology, progressive methods in music education, innovation musicianship ensemble, implementing creativity in worship, creative performance chamber ensemble, sabbatical replacement for applied flute lessons) at the University of South Florida - a preeminent research I university. From August 2016 to May 2019, Dr. Ruiz transition to Cleveland, TN to serve as Assistant Professor of Music Business, Production, and Jazz & Lee University - a comprehensive private liberal arts institution. In August 2019, Dr. Ruiz transitioned back to Florida to become the Head of Music Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida - an AAU preeminent research I university. His passion is cultivating artistic identity and entrepreneurialism among aspiring professionals to become leaders within the globally-expanding music industry. José Valentino’s students have become leaders in the music business.
José Valentino is an endorsed artist for Trevor James Flutes & Saxophones (UK), Wyn Bass Guitars (USA), Tune Bass Guitars (Korea), Bari Mouthpieces and Reeds (USA), Black Diamond Strings (USA), Super Sensitive Strings (USA), and Faith Bass Guitars (UK).
Academically, José holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Music, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy.