Jose started playing drums back in 1980, attended Musicians Institute in 1990 and studied with Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Casey Scheuerell, Matt Laug, Dave Beyer, Chuck Flores and Efrain Toro. At graduation he was awarded the “Best Hand Technique Award” sponsored by Sabian Cymbals. In 1993 he started working with Ednita Nazario. His credits include: Ednita Nazario, Frank Ceara, Erika Ender, Tommy Torres, Cheo Feliciano, Glenn Monroig, Beto Cuevas (La Ley), John Elefante (ex Kansas), Mark Hoyt, Sugar Hill Gang, Pedro Capo, Nore Feliciano, multi grammy winner Olga Tañon, Luis Fonsi, Robby Rosa, Jose “El Profesor” Gomez, ONGO, Gaby Vidal (VY), Franky Suarez and Friends, Ramon Vazquez, producer Kervin Lebron, Lourdes Robles, Ricky Martin, Yaire, Millie Corretjer, Wilkins (live DVD Unplugged), Jose Feliciano, Papo Lucca (album Latin Jazz) Roberto Rohena, Lucesita, Danny Rivera, Nydia Caro, Cachete Maldonado, Danilo Perez, Erick Figueroa, Julio Sabala, Idale, Radio Pirata, Rene Farrait, Deddie Romero, Elias Lopes, Luis Rojas (album Vampiros, Angeles y Vagabundos) Jorge Laboy, Lunna, Cucco Peña, Antonio Barasorda, Angel Carrion (album Sonidos Urbanos), Ana Baiana, Martha and the Vandellas, Samuel Hernandez, El Reencuentro (former Menudo members) Tito Nieves (album Asi Fue), Lissette, Sophy, The Shirelles, Latin Grammy winner Charlie Sepulveda, B.O.B (Ringo Starr Opening Act), Santana’s conga player and Grammy nominee Paoli Mejias and many other projects.
Jose Ruiz has been working with Ednita Nazario for over 20 years now. In 2015 he is getting ready to record a new DVD set at the Performing Arts Center in Santurce.
Since 2001 all of her 9 albums (studio and live) have reached the Number 1 spot on the Billboard Latin Pop Charts. He has recorded 4 live albums:
- Acustico Volume 1 (CD) 2003 Latin Grammy and Latin Billboards Awards Nominee (Latin pop album of the year)
- Acustico Volume 2 (CD) 2004 Latin Billboard Award Nominee (Latin pop album of the year)
- Apasionada Live – Tour 2006 CD and DVD
- Real en Vivo – Tour 2008 CD and DVD (Billboard Latin Music Awards Nominee – Top latin album of the year.