Hilton Ruiz

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Date of Birth May 29, 1952
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death Jun 6, 2006 (54)
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Hilton Ruiz

Hilton Ruiz was an American jazz pianist in the Afro-Cuban jazz mold, but was also a talented bebop player. He was of Puerto Rican descent.

Born: May 29, 1952, New York City
Died: Jun 6, 2006, New Orleans
Genres: Jazz
Occupation(s): Musician
Instruments: Piano
Years active: 1960–2006
Associated acts: Roland Kirk, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria
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About Hilton Ruiz

Bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz artist whose premature death eluded a developing legacy of quality collaborations and innovative solo work.

Before Fame

He performed at Carnegie Hall when he was just eight.


He injured himself during a fall on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and never recovered from his coma.

Family Life

His family nurtured his talents, beginning his piano lessons when he was eight.


He became Roland Kirk's primary pianist in 1974 and continued with that gig until 1977.

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  • Bebop pianists
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Latest information about Hilton Ruiz updated on October 30, 2020.

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