Ruben Rodriguez was born in New York City and grew up in East Harlem and Puerto Rico. He has been recognized as one of the best and hardest-working Latin music bass players in the United States. Mr. Rodriguez, who’s father played classical guitar, taught himself the bass in junior high then spent some time under the tutelage of the esteemed bassist Victor Venegas.
Since getting his first big break playing with Johnny Colon in 1979, he has worked with Grover Washington Jr., Roberta Flack, Eddie Palmieri, The Fania All Stars, and the late, great Machito. His exhaustive discography includes his work with Marc Anthony, Tito Puente, India and Africando, and Celia Cruz. Along with his producer/friend, Sergio George, Ruben Rodriquez has been noted to have revolutionized the sound of contemporary popular salsa.