José Valentino - Biography
Internationally-acclaimed recording and performing artist, Dr. José Valentino Ruiz is a multi-GRAMMY® Award nominated artist-producer-engineer and EMMY® Award nominee, multi-instrumentalist, composer, missionary, and educator known for his passionate performances, versatility, and fluid expression on the flute, saxophone, bass, and Latin percussion.
With 17 years of music industry experience, Dr. Ruiz has worked for American Idol and X-Factor as a music producer, film scorer for numerous nationally-televised documentaries for Hayden5Media and MVProductions LLC. (i.e., Art Vessel, Improv island), a featured film (i.e., Sunbelt Express), and commercials (i.e., McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Swiffer, The Economist, ESPN, etc.), and has committee member for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and The Latin Recording Academy. He has presented music education & music industry research, performed original compositions, and performed in multi-genre contexts for over 400+ jazz, classical, and world music festivals including Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Festival, D.C. Jazz Festival, TEDx Talk, Bahamian Jazz Festival, Seabreeze Jazz festival, and NAMM Show (5x), Jazz Education Network, NAfME, TMEA, The Midwest Clinic, FMEA (x3), among others. Dr. Ruiz has performed on numerous occasions with Chick Corea, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Alex Acuña, Jim Walker, Aaron Neville, El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, Victor Wooten, John Clayton, Hubert Laws, just to name a few. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presented in national music conferences. He is CEO of JV Music Enterprises LLC., a successful indie production and publishing label, and serves as Global Ambassador & Strategic Communications Director for Trevor James Flutes & Saxophones UK Co., as he frequently provides workshops on the following subjects in universities, churches, and secondary schools across the country: (a) music industry & entrepreneurship, (b) performance enhancement strategies, (c) performer to audience communication, (d) improvisation in jazz and world music idioms, and (e) music production & audio engineering. Dr. Ruiz also serves as Artist in Residence for Diaz Music Institute’s nationally-acclaimed high school jazz band, Caliente Big Band, where he performs his compositions/arrangements for big band and provides training for aspiring performing artists.
Among many accolades, Dr. Ruiz has lead projects with his students that have garnered two Latin-GRAMMY® Award Nominations for Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album and Best Instrumental Album, a Parents' Choice® Award; an EMMY® Award Nomination for Best Cultural Documentary; 49 DownBeat® Music Awards (record holder) for the categories of jazz group & soloist, studio & live engineered recording, Latin group, blues/pop/rock group and soloist, and Classical soloist; 3 COG Teen Talent Awards; a GOLD Medal Global Music® Award; Winner of Yamaha Young Performing Artist competition; and Winner of National Flute Association's Jazz Flute Soloist competition. He has 11 albums as a solo artist, as well as 47 albums as a producer and audio engineer for other artists, including for Lee University’s faculty and students. Dr. Ruiz is a voting member of the National Academy or Recording Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and Gospel Music Association.
As a music educator, Dr. Ruiz has lead 26 music education-based mission trips (comprised of pre-service music educators, commercial music instrumentalists and vocalists) to provide free training for under- served music educators, churches’ worship leaders, and vernacular musicians in Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Latin America, The Caribbean, Canada, and across the U.S.A. His music education experience included working as an elementary & middle school music teacher for ESE students at Pepin Academies, as a music teacher (music production therapy) for at-risk youth at C. L. King High School, and as Instructor of Record for numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in commercial music subjects (i.e., album production, Latin American music ensemble, ethnodoxology, progressive methods in music education, creative performance chamber ensemble, sabbatical replacement for applied flute lessons) at University of South Florida. Dr. Ruiz was awarded by Hillsborough County’s Superintendent the ‘Hispanic Educator of The Year” award.
Dr. Ruiz is most passionate about imparting experiential wisdom and applicable opportunities for music students. His desire is to cultivate creative and artistic identity among students and help students express their calling as innovative music entrepreneurs and industry leaders for the betterment of society. Academically, Dr. Ruiz holds four degree: a B.A. in Musical Studies (emphasis in Music Theory), a M.M. in Instrumental Performance (Classical Flute & Studio Music/Jazz), a D.Min. in Global Missions, and a Ph.D. in Music, concentration in Music Education (cognates in music production, performance, applied-lesson pedagogy).