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Hilton Ruiz

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: May 29, 1952 | Died: June 6, 2006    

Hilton Ruiz

If there was a pianist who personified the term “Latin Jazz” it would have to be Hilton Ruiz. His knowledge, ability and technical skill in bop, blues, stride, avant garde, his innate talent for the Afro Cuban montuno,and his fusing of the genres made for a unique style that was all his own.

Born in New York City in 1952,of Puerto Rican parents, Hilton Ruiz was a piano prodigy who by the age of five was appearing on local television, playing church organ, and performing at Carnegie Hall by the time he was eight. After lifelong classical training he under took personal training under the great Mary Lou Williams. He would accredit this tutoring for laying the foundation of his musical career....
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Source: James Nadal

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