Adrian Joel Ruiz started playing piano at the age of 16 in his high school jazz band which is where he discovered his passion for music. He won the Ravinia Jazz Scholar award his junior and senior year in high school. He studied with Chicago’s own Willie Pickens, who was the pianist for Elvin Jones. Adrian started playing professionally at the age of 19 and since then has become one of the youngest professional performers in Chicago while still attending college for premedical studies. He has done recordings with many artists, Vincent Gardner being his favorite. Already having shared the stage with Frank Catalano, Von Freeman, Luis ‘Perico’ Ortiz, Bobby Broom, Brenda K. Starr, Van Lester, Willie Garcia, Jesse Charbonier, Ernie Adams, Frankie Vazquez, Alison Ruble, The Drifters, Kayvan Vega, Joan Collaso, Papo Cocote, Tony Vega, Los Bandoleros, Victor Miranda, and the Grammy Nominated Angel Melendez and his Mambo 911 Orchestra, Grammy Winners Roberto Vizcaino, and Raul Pineda, to name a few, he looks forward to continuing his passion.