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Hilton Ruiz

Born: May 29, 1952 | Died: June 6, 2006    Primary Instrument: Piano

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


Piano Man
Steeplechase
1975
Rhythm in the House
Novus
1976
New York HIlton
Denon
1977
Steppin into Beauty
Denon
1977
Live at Jazz Unite
1981
Crosscurrents
Novus
1984
Something Grand
Novus
1986
El Camino
Novus
1988
Strut
Novus
1989
Doin it Right
Novus
1990
Moments Notice
Novus
1991
Manhattan Mambo
Telarc
1992
Live at Birdland
Telarc
1992
Excitation
Telarc
1993
Heroes
Telarc
1993
Hands on Percussion
RMM
1994
Island Eyes
RMM
1997
Enchantment
2003
New York Story
2004
Steppin with TP Hilton's Last Note 2009
2005

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