José Headlines The Midwest Clinic with Caliente Ensemble

José Valentino performed at The Midwest Clinic with the renowned Caliente ensemble under the direction of Mr. José Diaz (2017 GRAMMY® nominee for Best Music Educator), alongside the iconic flutist, Jim Walker, and legendary 95-year old Cuban percussionist, Candido Camero --- his musical trajectory is truly that of an innovator of Cuban & Jazz & Popular music. Mr. Camero is a NEA Jazz Master recipient & the 2016 Midwest Medal of Honor recipient.

At The Midwest Clinic, José world-premiered his original composition, "We Are One" for Big Band --- a piece that navigates through three rumbas (Yambu, Guaguanco, & Mozambique), merengue, fused with contemporary classical melodies and sections for fiery improvisations. Special thanks to Giovanni Perez who assisted with the adaptation for the ensemble.  José also performed with Candido Camero on Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca." #musiceducation #latinjazz #GRAMMY #LatinGRAMMY #ourstudentsarethefuture #daretodream #chaseyourdreams

Legendary NEA Jazz Master percussionist, Candido Camero (95 years old), and Dr. José Valentino Ruiz (flutist) join the premier youth jazz ensemble of the country, CALIENTE big band under the direction of José Antonio Diaz (50th Annual GRAMMY nominated Music educator) at the 2016 Midwest Clinic.