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)


What do you get when...

 . . .you fuse together the vocations of a caring university professor of music business, music production, jazz studies, and commercial bass guitar/flute who has taught 21 courses in two higher education institutions (Lee University [Christian liberal arts university] and University of South Florida [R-1 research university]; a gallant international performing/recording artist who juggles between headlining some of the most esteemed venues playing jazz, hip hop, pop, Western art, and world music (i.e., Carnegie Hall, TangleWood, TEDx Talk, JEN, The Midwest Clinic, National Flute Association, NAMM Show, etc.) to leading music-mission trips in hopes of bringing hope and joy to people enduring the roughest parts of the world; a multi-Grammy® nominated artist-producer-audio engineer-composer for Best Jazz Album of The Year (2015) and Best Instrumental Album of The Year (2016) & 45-time DownBeat® Music Award Winner who has produced 11 solo albums including a collaborative album with Jim Walker (We Are One) and Children's Album that earned the Parents' Choice® GOLD Award - equivocal to an Emmy® Award for Children's music; a daring film composer who has produced jingles for 20+ nationally-televised commercials including for multi-million dollar productions such as Coca Cola, McDonalds, & Swiffer and who has won 13 International Film Festival competitions --- including Best Documentary for Improv Island; an engaging Global Ambassador for Trevor James Flutes & Saxophones UK; a co-author of the thought-provoking poetry book "Ego, Essence, and Edification" and book editor for acclaimed theologian and pianist, Dr. Jetro DaSilva (Berklee Professor of piano and harmony); and a soon-to-be 1st time daddy to the most handsomest baby in early March? You've guessed it . . . Dr. José Valentino Ruiz-Resto

. . . but please, he prefers simply, José.

José 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. That is exactly what he gets to do at Lee University - 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, Introduction to Music Business, and; (4) set up gigs and job placement across the country for his students. As a leading clinician for Trevor James Flutes and Saxophones UK and Wyn & Tune Bass Guitars, José 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 José'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. 

When it comes to making music, José has had a blast performing and producing with legendary leaders of the music industry: Chick Corea, Paquito D'Rivera, Alex Acuña, Victor Wooten, Aaron Neville, Jim Walker, Hubert Laws, to name a few. While in college, José worked behind the scenes for American Idol and X-Factor as a music producer for selected artists. He is the record holder for the most-obtained DownBeat® Student Music Awards (45x) including winner for Jazz Soloist/Group, Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist/Group, Live & Studio Engineered Recording, Latin Group, and Classical Soloist categories. In the earlier days, José also snagged the Yamaha® Young Performing Artist award on flute in 2006, and Winner of the NFA Jazz Flute Competition in 2004 as the youngest ever to do so. He studied formally with Dr. Kim McCormick (flute professor at USF) for 21 years and studied vernacularly with Jim Walker while being the musical director for his ensemble as they toured across the country for the three years. For bass guitar, José was the featured artist of November's issue for For Bass Players Only magazine, an honor only awarded to the international leaders of bass guitar playing. On Saxophone, José's video series "Saxy Hip Hop Sessions" has gone viral on social media platforms reaching millions of views and engagements; the music features rapper, El G.Nie and Grammy® producer, Gualo. 

Academically, José holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Musical Studies with an emphasis in Music Theory from University of South Florida, Master of Music in Instrumental Performance (flute) coupled with a joint full-scholarship from the Studio Music/Jazz (flute/sax/bass guitar) department from University of Miami, Doctor of Philosophy in Music with a concentration in Music Education and cognates in music production, flute performance, and applied lesson pedagogy from University of South Florida, and Doctor of Ministry in Global Missions and Ethnodoxology from Truth and Mercy Institute for Advanced Ministry Studies. To read José's complete bio, view media content, and connect with José, please visit: and follow him on IG: @josevalentinomusic, FB:, and T: @drjosevalentino.



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