Rubén P. Alvarez is a Chicago based Latin percussionist, drum set artist, and educator. His credits include performances and recordings with blues artists John Mayall, and Junior Wells, and Grammy nominee Ramsey Lewis, Victor Goines, Patricia Barber, Slide Hampton, Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval, and 2010 Latin and Latin Grammy nominees Sones De Mexico. He is a 2013 Latin Grammy nominee for his work on the Latin Jazz release Chuchito Valdés Cd "Made in Chicago". He is a member of Chicago’s premier Latin jazz ensemble Chévere De Chicago and leads the Puentes (Bridges) Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Rubén teaches percussion and directs Latin Jazz combos at Roosevelt University, Columbia College Chicago, and Prairie State College, and is a teaching artist for the Jazz Institute of Chicago Jazz Links residency program. He is a featured presenter at national and international music education conferences Rubén currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Jazz Education Network, the Board of Governors of the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy and as Vice President of the Illinois chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.