|Tags:||jazz latin jazz piano latin jazz piano congueros|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
29 May 1952, New York City, New York, USA, d. 6 June 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Ruiz studied piano from an early age, performing public recitals as a small child. In the mid- to late 60s he worked as a professional musician in bands playing Latin American music. In the early 70s he turned to jazz, studying with Mary Lou Williams. Later in the decade he played on numerous club, concert and recording sessions with Joe Newman, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk (with whom he recordedReturn Of The 5000lb Man), Chico Freeman (onBeyond The Rain), Betty Carter and Archie Shepp. He continued an active career in the 80s, appearing with Terrys all-star big band at festivals and on television and making records, including some as a member of Marion Browns group. A strikingly inventive pianist, Ruizs jazz style incorporated many elements from his lifelong interest in Latin music. He died in June 2006, having been found...