José Valentino

Performer | Professor | Producer

Short Biography - José Valentino


The Valiant One

Meaning of Name: José (The Lord will multiply), Valentino (The courageous one), and Ruiz-Resto (The musical one for all people)


Internationally-acclaimed recording & performing artist, Multi-Latin GRAMMY® Nominee, and Lee University’s music business & production professor, Dr. José Valentino Ruiz-Resto, is a leading educator who specializes in the cultivation of creative & artistic identities and the augmentation of entrepreneurial skill sets among aspiring performing artists and music educators who wish to thrive in today’s 21st Century vacillating music industry!

His work as an innovative cross-genre performer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist (i.e., flute, saxophone, bass, vocals) has been honored by some of the most prestigious organizations, which included: Two Latin GRAMMY® Nominations for Best Latin Jazz Album of The Year for the album “José Valentino & The Latin Jazz Ensemble: I Make You Want To Move feat. Giovanni Hidalgo” and for Best Instrumental Album of The Year for the album “Mosaico”; a Parents' Choice® Awards - GOLD Winning children's album for Mister G’s “Mundo Verde/Green World” as a flutist and additional recording engineer; 49-time DownBeat® Music Award recipient (record holder) for Best Latin Group, Best Jazz Soloist & Group, Best Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist & Group, Best Classical Soloist, Best Studio Engineered Recording, and Best Live Engineered Recording categories; a Global Music Awards® - GOLD Winning album for Viviana Guzman’s new age album “Song of The Whale” as a producer; and, Winner for both the Yamaha Young Performing Artist competition and the National Flute Association’s Jazz Flute Soloist competition. Dr. Ruiz-Resto has 11 albums as a crossover artist in which he displays compositional & ethnomusicological mastery, ensemble leadership, forward-think arrangements, and performance virtuosity on multiple instruments, and 43 albums as a producer & audio engineer for other artists that range from Latin jazz, funk-fusion, world music, straight-ahead jazz, contemporary classical, pop, acoustic & folk, blues, Caribbean music, and hip-hop. Additionally, Dr. Ruiz-Resto has been a featured artist in For Bass Players Only magazine, DownBeat Magazine, Miyazawa Flutes (online), Trevor James Saxophones (online), among many other press releases. 

At only 30 years of age, Dr. Ruiz-Resto’s music industry experience includes working for American Idol & X-Factor as a music producer; film scoring for numerous nationally-televised commercials including McDonalds, Coca Cola, Swiffer, and ESPN; performing in a over 200+ jazz, Classical, and world music festivals including Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Festival, DC Jazz Festival, TEDx Talk, and NAMM Show (5x); and performing on numerous occasions with Chick Corea, Paquito D'Rivera, Alex Acuña, Jim Walker, Victor Wooten, John Clayton, Hubert Laws, just to name a few. Dr. Ruiz-Resto also serves as the CEO and President of JV Music Enterprises LLC., a successful label that provides music production services to independent artists and has provided DJ and MC services for 300+ special events, corporate functions, birthdays, and weddings.

He serves as the musical director for the iconic flutist, Jim Walker's "We Are One" ensemble where they perform Dr. Ruiz-Resto's compositions that explore the fusion of Latin American music with jazz and Classical tinges. Furthermore, he works as Artist-in-Residence for the Diaz Music Institute in Houston, TX where he provides professional-level music industry and commercial performance training to middle school and high school students who are primarily of minority descent. In Cleveland, TN, Dr. Ruiz-Resto serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Center for Musical Arts, an non-profit music education center that provides applied lessons to the Bradley County community.

As the Global Ambassador and Artist/Clinician for Trevor James Flute & Saxophone & Wyn Bass Guitar Artist, Dr. Ruiz-Resto has lead over 21 music education-based mission trips in the U.S.A., Latin America, Middle East, Africa, The Bahamas, Canada, and Europe as he loves helping musicians discover their innate ability to improvise daringly, to express their feelings through music, to compose and perform with conviction, and to develop their mission statement for which they will advocate through their music. Some of Dr. Ruiz-Resto's students have toured with Prince, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Hall & Oats, and have obtained instrument endorsements & teaching assistantships to master and doctoral degree programs. Dr. Ruiz-Resto's education video tutorials have gone viral on social media exceeding a collective 10 million media impressions.

Jose loves working with students! His impetus for teaching is to cultivate creative & artistic identity among students and to help them become more marketable post-graduation; ultimately, to express their innovative music entrepreneurship for the betterment of society. His passion is to encourage students to (1) develop original compositions and arrangements with his jazz ensemble; (2) produce EPs & albums for students, faculty, and ensembles; (3) teach students film scoring, notation software (Finale), and production (ProTools, Logic Pro X), entrepreneurship, foundations of music business, and; (4) set up gigs and job placement across the country for his students.

Academically, Dr. Ruiz-Resto holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies (Music Theory) from University of South Florida, a Master of Music in Instrumental Performance (Classical flute and Jazz saxophone & bass) from University of Miami's Frost School of Music, a Doctor of Ministry in Global Outreach from Truth and Mercy Institute, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from University of South Florida. His D.Min. dissertation is "Strategies for Developing Effective Mission-Based Youth Music Ministry Seminars in Third World Countries." His Ph.D. dissertation is "The Effect of Technical and Imagery-Based Instruction on Aspiring Performing Artists' Acquisition of Learning Newly-Composed Pieces and Improvisation and on Listeners' Perceived Expressivity. Prior to Lee University, Dr. Ruiz-Resto served as Instructor of Record at University of South Florida, where he taught courses pertaining to music business and production, ethnodoxology, applied flute lessons, Latin American music ensemble, and progressive methods in music education. Currently, Dr. Ruiz-Resto serves as a Music Business & Production Professor and Applied-Lesson Instructor of Commercial Bass & Commercial Flute at Lee University in Cleveland, TN where he resides with his wife, Cortney, and baby son, Luca. He is a proud Puerto Rican-descent! His website is



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