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Born in Caracas Venezuela, Otmaro Ruiz began his musical education at the Juan Manuel Olivares  Conservatory at the age of eight years old.   Included in his studies were Classical Guitar, Theory, Classical Piano, and Classical Organ.

In 1983, Otmaro Ruiz, became part of a small, and elite group of both touring and recording musicians in Venezuela, finding himself in the musical company of Soledad Bravo, Guillermo Davila, and visiting International Jazz and Pop Artists Nat Adderley, Thomas Chapin, Miguel Bose, and many others.

In 1986, Otmaro Ruiz joined of one of the most important TV and Radio production companies:  Musica y Letra, joining his partner/mentor Jesus Sanoja,  It was this experience that would prove to be one of the most important factors in shaping his development as a Composer, Arranger, and eventually, a Producer.

In 1989, with a partial grant from the Ministry of Culture CONAC, Ruiz moved to Los Angeles, enrolling in California Institute of the Arts, obtaining his Masters in Jazz Performance, and interacting with many visiting Artists; however, it was his association with Drummer/Percussionist Alex Acuna, that would lead him to a select circle of musicians, including Jazz Giants Justo Almario, and Abraham Laboriel.  This would prove to be the turning point of his professional career.

Since beginning his professional career in the US, he has toured and recorded with some of the most significant Jazz Artists of our time, including:  Dianne Reeves, recording “In the Moment’ – Live in Concert” which was awarded a Grammy.  His collaboration with Alex Acuna’s “Acuarelas de Tambores” in the same year also received a Grammy nomination.  Ruiz is continuously sought after, and has lent his musical talents to virtually every International Jazz Festival, never losing his versatility – his greatest asset, reflecting the love and respect he feels for all styles of music. 

With great anticipation, Ruiz has just released his own “Sojourn” a collection of beautifully crafted original works, enlisting the collective talents of Drummer Jimmy Branly, Bassist Carlos del Puerto Jr. and Saxophonist Ben Wendel. 

                                                        World and Concert Tours

Dianne Reeves, John Mc Laughlin, Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Steve Winwood, Gino Vannelli, Tolu, Frank Gambale, Alain Caron, Frank Morgan, ‘Jing Chi’ featuring Jimmy Haslip, Robben Ford, and Vinnie Colaiuta

“Otmaro Ruiz, who seems capable of adapting to any musical situation, demonstrated once again – as he did last week with Dianne Reeves at the Orange County Performing Arts Center – his remarkably multifaceted skills in a    solo filled with roaring multilayered audio textures”    Don Heckman, Special to the LA Times 2001

              “The keyboardist perfectly captures all the fire and beauty of Latin American rhythms”    Maki Music 2005

“The performance of the Ruiz ensemble turned out to be the sort of event that defines the best of what the Da Camera Series is all about – Chamber Music, Jazz in this case, that challenges the intellect, delivered with a passion and intensity to trigger the emotion”    Don Heckman, Special to the LA Times, 2001

Otmaro's Credits...

I N T E R N A T I O N A L A R T I S T S


>John McLaughlin "The Heart of Things" Tour (Europe, Fall 98)
>Steve Winwood "Latin Crossings Tour" with Tito Puente and Arturo Sandoval
>Gino Vannelli’s "Yonder Tree" World Tour
>Member of Robbie Robertson's Red Road Ensemble (U.S.A. and European Tour 1995 as performer and programmer)
>Dianne Reeves
>Arturo Sandoval (Grammy Award Winner. World Tours and Recordings, ‘Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl Series’ with Los Angeles Philharmonic - Essa Peka Salonen: conductor)
>Herb Alpert ("Passion Dance" Recording and World Tour)
>Jon Anderson (YES lead vocalist. "Deseo" and "Toltec" Projects)
>Alex Acuna and The Unknowns (World Tour, recordings and videos)
>David Weckl (2 DCI videos as a performer and co-writer)
>"Weckl, Patitucci & Stern" DCI
instructional tape
>Frank Gambale's Band (J.V.C. recording artist, Albums, concerts, seminars)
>Art Davis Quintet
>Alain Caron Le Band
>Frank Morgan Quartet (at Catalina’s, Los Angeles, Feb.‘96)
>Ralph Moore’s Quartet
>Boney James' Band
>Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra
>"Jazz Funk a Go-Go" (Joey Heredia)
>Nana Caymmi (U.S. West Coast Tour 96’–Monterey Jazz Festival)
>Dori Caymmi (Grammy Nominee)
>Yoshio Maki
>Hirukuni Korekata
>Hiroyuki Matsuda
>Munyungo Jackson
>Chester Thompson
>Charlie Sepulveda
>Justo Almario 
(World Tour and recordings)
>Preston Reeds 
>John Jarvis (Grammy Awarded)
>Giovanni Hidalgo (seminars)
>Michele Legrand (GRP project for Arturo Sandoval)
>Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
>"BONGOLOGIC"
>Tony Lujan Latin Jazz Ensemble
>Dave Valentin
>Billy Higgins' Quintet
>Vicky Carr
>Lea Salonga (TONY Award winner)
>Hermeto Pascoal
>Brigitte Nielsen
>Fernando Allende
>Paquito D'Rivera
>Ted Curson
>Nat Adderley
>Eddie Bert
>Thomas Chapin
>Buny Brunnell
>Paloma San Basilio (Spanish version of the musical "EVITA")
>Juan Carlos Quintero (Tours and recordings)
>Luis Bonilla
>Pedro Eustache (concerts and album)
>Paul Hanson's Band ("ASTROBOY's BUES", MIDI Inc. Japan)
>LIPSTICK RECORDS' recording artist Gary Meek (European Tour
1995)
>Cecilia Noel and the Wild Clams
(featuring Tris Imboden from CHICAGO)
>Charles Owen's Quartet
>John Pisano and Velas
>Carlos Villagran (KIKO)
>Nelson Ned
>Ricardo Arjona
>Michaelina
>Mijares
>Jordi

V E N E Z U E L A N A R T I S T S


From 1980-89 worked as Pianist, Keyboard performer, Arranger or Musical Director for every major international venezuelan popular music concert artists, such as:
>Jose Luis Rodriguez "EL PUMA"
>Soledad Bravo
>Ilan Chester
>Frank Quintero
>Guillermo Carrasco
>Melissa
>Antonietta
>Karina
>Guillermo Davila
>Aldemaro Romero
>Carlos Mata
>Yordano Di Marzo
>DAIQUIRI
>Colina
>Marita Capote
>Mirtha
>Mirna Rios
>Mirla Castellaños
>Lila Morillo
>POPY
>Balbino
>Jorge Spitery y el grupo Mañana
>Los Cuñaos
>Esperanza Marquez
>Taumanova Alvarez
>Grupo Natura
>Bobby Capo
>Raquel Castaños
>Jorge Barnett
>CHEVERE
>Jorge Aguilar
>DESORDEN PUBLICO
>TOKIO

>20/20
>Ur-Banda
>Robert Valerio
>Maricruz Quintero
>Jesus Sevillano
>Delia
>Luis Conny
>Luz Marina
>Mayra Marti
>Duo ESCARLATA
>Ignacio Izcaray
>Edgar Alexander
>Channel 4 Orchestra (Arnoldo Nally, conduct.)
>Desorden Publico (recent years)
>Caramelos de Cianuro (recent years)
And with most renown local Jazz bands such as:
>"El TRABUCO VENEZOLANO"
>"La SECCION RITMICA de CARACAS"
>"CONTRASTES"
>"LE CARDIU"
>Federico Britos Jazz Quintet, and "JUAN SEBASTIAN BAR" house band
>Victor Cuica's Latin jazz Ensemble, among others
>Roberto Giron
>Alonso Toro
>Maria Rivas
>Mercedes Rios
>Cecilia Bellorin
>Marisela Leal
>Gonzalo Mico
>Pedro Brito
>Jorge Barnett
>Pedro Lopez / Otmaro Ruiz Duo
>Maria Marquez (recent years)

 

 

 

 

 

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