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Jose V Ruiz-Resto
Assistant Professor
School of Music/Music Business & Entrepreneurship

Internationally-acclaimed recording and performing artist, Dr. José Valentino Ruiz is an EMMY® Award Winner, a multi-GRAMMY® Award Nominee  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 60 albums, has scored 30+ nationally-televised commercials, & has performed in over 1100 concerts. He is CEO/Director of Production & Entertainment for JV Music Enterprises LLC., Strategic Communications Director for TJ Flutes & Saxophones UK Co., Artist-in-Residence and Entrepreneurship Coach for the nationally-recognized music outreach program - Diaz Music Institute (501c3), and Composer for MVProds & Hayden 5. A few accolades include: an EMMY® Award (i.e., Best Cultural Documentary), two GRAMMY® Award Nominations (i.e., Best Jazz & Best Instrumental Album), a Parents' Choice® Award - Gold Medal for the album "Mundo Verde/Green World", 51 DownBeat® Student Music Awards (record holder in jazz soloist & group, blues/pop/rock soloist and group, Latin group, engineered studio and live engineered recording, and Classical soloist categories), and a Global Music® Award - Gold Medal. José Valentino is a committee & voting member for The Recording Academy & The Latin Recording Academy. His passion is cultivating artistry and entrepreneurialism among students for the globally-expanding music industry. José Valentino’s students have become leaders in the music business.  

As a prolific recording artist, José Valentino has produced 16 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 unique musicianship on multiple instruments and compositions that infuse powerful lyrics sung by José in Mandarin, Swahili, Spanish, Hindi, Zulu, and also features GRAMMY® Award Winning guitarist, Mister G. 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 produce 44 albums for others artists. 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.

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 and conference headline engagements include Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, TEDx Talk, 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, Jazz Education Network, National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Association for Popular Music Education, National Flute Association, World Flute Society Convention, 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 featured film (i.e., Sunbelt Express), and commercials (i.e., McDonalds, 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. 

With an unquenchable passion for music education, José Valentino served as Instructor of Record (2013 - 2016) for numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in commercial music subjects at 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, José Valentino transitioned back to Florida to lead up the Music Business & Entrepreneurship curriculum at University of Florida - an AAU preeminent research I university. Previous engagements in music education include working as Music Instructor at Pepin Acedemies for ESE elementary and middle school students and Music Production Coach at King High School in Tampa Bay, FL. 

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). José Valentino is most passionate about imparting experiential wisdom and applicable opportunities for music students. Academically, José Valentino holds four degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Musical Studies (emphasis in Music Theory), Master of Music (M.M.) in Instrumental Performance (emphases in Classical Flute & Studio Music/Jazz), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Global Outreach (emphases in Missiology & Ethnodoxology), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music, concentration in Music Education (cognates in Music Production, Performance, Applied-Lesson Pedagogy).

For more information and to view multi-media content, visit www.josevalentino.com and www.instagram.com/josevalentinomusic.

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