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Hilton Ruiz

p, 1952-2006 US, New York City
Musician of Jazz and Latin

Latin-jazz pianist. b. May 29, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage d. June 6, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Hilton Ruiz was an Nuyorican jazz pianist in the Afro-Cuban jazz mold, but was also a talented bebop player. He was of Puerto Rican descent. Born in New York City, Ruiz began playing piano at the age of five, at age eight he performed at Carnegie Hall. Ruiz studied with jazz piano great Mary Lou Williams. While still in his teens he gigged with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Newman and others. Later, he was Roland Kirk's main pianist from 1974 to 1977 and was featured on such records as The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color and The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man. Ruiz also recorded several solo albums between the 1980s and 2000s. Hilton Ruiz was found unconscious after suffering a head injury and he died a short time later. It was never established whether he was mugged or fell and hit his head on the sidewalk.

  • Piano
  • Keyboards
  • Organ
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
Home Cookin' on Enchantment by Hilton Ruiz
Sweet Cherry Pie on Enchantment by Hilton Ruiz
Seven Steps To Heaven on Enchantment by Hilton Ruiz
Enchantment on Enchantment by Hilton Ruiz
I'll Call You Later on Enchantment by Hilton Ruiz
Steppin' with T.P. on Steppin' with T.P. by Hilton Ruiz
Mambo Para Puente on Steppin' with T.P. by Hilton Ruiz
Michael's Mambo on Rhythm In The House by Hilton Ruiz
Mambo For Vibes on Hands On Percussion by Hilton Ruiz
Something Grand on Live At Birdland by Hilton Ruiz

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
EnchantmentHilton Ruiz2003Album
The Collected Hilton RuizHilton Ruiz1999Compil.
Rhythm In The HouseHilton Ruiz with special guest Tito Puente1998Album
Island EyesHilton Ruiz1997Album
Hands On Percussion (W/special Guest Tito Puente)Hilton Ruiz1995Album
HeroesHilton Ruiz1994Album
Live At BirdlandHilton Ruiz1992Album
Manhattan MamboHilton Ruiz1992Album
A Moment's NoticeHilton Ruiz1991Album
Doin' It RightHilton Ruiz1990Album
StrutHilton Ruiz1989Album
El Camino (The Road)Hilton Ruiz1988Album
Something GrandHilton Ruiz1987Album
Home Cookin' / RocinanteHilton Ruiz / Peter Moffitt1987Album
The Music Of Rahsaan Roland KirkSteve Turre, Hilton Ruiz, Bill Hardman, Junior Cook, Vibration Society1986Album
CrosscurrentsHilton Ruiz With, Major Holley, Ed Blackwell, Ray Barretto, Steve Berrios1985Album
Fantasia - Dedicated To Rhasahn Roland KirkHilton Ruiz1979Album
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