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 The Rhythm Runners Pacific Northwest Tour

September 10 – 17

PORTLAND – OLYMPIA – SEATTLE LINDY EXCHANGE – DJANGOFEST

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The Saturday night debut of new work is also part of the Seattle Lindy Exchange at Washington Hall.  The main floor is for dancing and your space can be reserved through the Seattle Lindy Exchange.   However, if you aren’t a dance and just want to hear the music dancing is strongly encouraged though), there will be limited seating available in the balcony.  Advance tickets are available for the balcony seating only – $10 advance- $15 door.  Please click below to purchase your tickets through Brown Paper Tickets:

Tickets/reservations for the dance floor are available through The Seattle Lindy Exchange

TICKETS/RESERVATIONS for Sept 13 dance floor at Washington Hall

THIS JUST IN - Olympia vocalist Rich Sikorski will be joining the band to croon a few tunes at the Olympia show on Sept 12 and at Washington Hall on Sept 13.

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The Rhythm Runners deliver prohibition era jazz

The Rhythm Runners have convened under auspicious circumstances to deliver prohibition era jazz to the Pacific Northwest.  With musicians hailing from New York, New Orleans and Seattle, this group of 5 horn and string players perform music rooted in the sounds of early jazz.

As the 2014 Seattle Lindy Exchange featured band, The Rhythm Runners  will debut new work by guitarist Greg Ruby at the historic Washington Hall in Seattle, WA.  The creation and presentation of these compositions are generously funded by the King County arts foundation, 4Culture.  During the tour, the group will be headlining the opening night of DjangoFest Northwest, performing at concert and swing dance venues in the region and making a full length studio recording of the new work.

During Ruby’s research into Seattle’s early jazz scene, he encountered the work of legendary Frank D. Waldron.  A seminal early Northwest jazz musician, Waldron was a cornetist, saxophonist, bandleader, music educator, author and composer.  In 1924, he published Syncopated Classic, a book of his compositions written as a tutorial to study the latest saxophone technique.  Waldron’s book is one of the few documented sources of early jazz composition in the Pacific Northwest.  With the assistance of a Seattle jazz historian, and archivist, Ruby accessed Waldron’s book.  The upcoming concerts will feature The Rhythm Runners performing several of his compositions and audiences will hear Waldron’s music performed for the first time in over 70 years.

About the Rhythm Runners

A  2012 chance meeting between Seattle guitarist Greg Ruby and New York multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman ignited the vision for the inception of The Rhythm Runners.  Meeting in a shoebox sized music venue in Brooklyn, Lichtman and Ruby struck up a conversation about old time fiddle music that diverged into an exchange about a shared love of vintage jazz.  Mid-conversation Lichtman, exclaimed, “Are you Greg Ruby…from Seattle? I’m supposed to call you tomorrow about a west coast tour…what are you doing here?”  As it happened, Lichtman had been given Ruby’s contact just hours previous as a recommended guitarist for his upcoming tour.  It worked out that Litchman and Ruby joined forces playing an East Coast tour through the Virginia Piedmont.  The Rhythm Runners convened, joined by New York trumpeter, Gordon Au, and New Orleans trombonist Charlie Halloran and bassist Cassidy Holden.  The band recorded a 7 inch – 45 rpm vinyl recording of Ruby’s compositions and the inspiration to bring the band west was sparked.  Joining the Rhythm Runners at the Washington Hall will be Solomon Douglas on piano and Julian MacDonough on drums.

Dennis Lichtman  - clarinet – New York

Dennis Lichtman is a clarinetist at the heart of the New York traditional-jazz scene.  He leads the  legendary Tuesday night jam session at Mona’s in Manhattan, described by the Wall Street Journal as,”ground zero for an emerging late-night scene of young swing and traditional jazz players.”  Recently, Dennis released a CD with his western swing band, The Brain Cloud and has been touring internationally playing fiddle and clarinet with roots guitarist/songwriter Pokey LaFarge.

Gordon Au – trumpet – New York

Gordon Au, called “comfortable in any idiom and fearless” by music writer Michael Steinman, embodies a fusion of tradition and modernity.  During a fellowship residency with the world-renowned Monk Institute, he performed with no less than 23 Grammy Award-winners, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Ellis Marsalis, Benny Golson, and Terence Blanchard. He is a sought-after trumpeter in the New York area, playing with such groups as Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Centennial Band at Birdland, the Dan Levinson Quintet, and Baby Soda Jazz Band. His own group, the Grand St. Stompers, will be featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center this October.

Charlie Halloran – trombone – New Orleans

In 2009 the Squirrel Nut Zippers pulled Charlie off a Mardi Gras float on St Charles Avenue and brought him on board to tour.  Charlie plays with Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns (as seen on HBO’s Treme) and founded the New Orleans Moonshiners,  described in the press as “a trad jazz band with new souls”.  Charlie has performed with Allen Toussaint, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Preservation Hall Hot 4, and Norbert Susemihl’s New Orleans Jazz Allstars.

Cassidy Holden – bass – New Orleans

Cassidy Holden is a bassist and rhythm section player performing traditional jazz and Delta blues.  Based in New Orleans, Cassidy can be heard across the U.S. and Europe as a sideman in the company of The Loose Marbles, Gordon Webster, Luke Winslow-King, Dan Levinson, and leading his own group, Cassidy and the New Orleans Kids.

Greg Ruby – guitar – Seattle

“Truly hot jazz” – Vintage Guitar Magazine.  Seattle based guitarist and composer Greg Ruby is a distinctive voice in the Hot Club jazz tradition.  His CD, Look Both Ways celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of guitarist Django Reinhardt.   Featuring 12 original compositions, the recording reached #1 on the Roots Music Review jazz chart.  Greg, formerly of Pearl Django and Hot Club Sandwich, now leads Hot Club jazz group, The Greg Ruby Quartet, French Musette trio, Bric-a-brac and old school New Orleans style jazz quartet, The Post Alley Ramblers.  In 2013, he received funding from King County arts foundation 4Culture to create new work for The Rhythm Runners to be performed at Seattle’s historic Washington Hall.

About Washington Hall

Washington Hall holds a unique place in Seattle’s music and cultural history. Built in 1908 by the Danish Brotherhood, the hall served as its fraternal lodge, settlement house and cultural center.  It was also a popular dance venue.   On June 10, 1918, Seattle saw its first local jazz band perform at Washington Hall with Miss Lillian Smith’s Jazz Band.  The hall continued to host jazz luminaries including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Joe Louis.  Jimi Hendrix is said to have given his first public performance there.  Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. du Bois and Marcus Garvey all gave speeches at the hall.  In 2007, Washington Hall was threatened to be sold and torn down.  The hall was rescued from demolition by Historic Seattle who purchased the property in 2009.  Renovations are currently underway to assure its legacy for the future.

About the Lindy Exchange

The very first Seattle Lindy Exchange was in October of 1999, as swing dancing started to become popular on a wide scale across the country.  As one of the early swing dancing events in the country, Seattle helped reinforce the format of what an lindy exchange would be on a national level. The concept of the exchange is simple, and relies upon the idea of hosting out-of-town dancers and musicians to come to a host city and just do what they do, dance and play music.  No classes, no competitions… just lots of live music and social dancing, meeting new people from across the globe.

Wednesday Sept 10
Lesson 7:30 – 8:30 pm  band 9pm – 11
Portland Lindy Society’s Wednesday Night Swing
722 East Burnside, Portland, OR.  
https://www.facebook.com/pdxlindysociety
 
Thursday Sept 11,  9 pm
With special guest Pete Krebs
Secret Society
116 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR 97212
www.secretsociety.net
503-493-3600
 
Friday Sept 12
6 pm
KAOS RADIO
John’s Place with John Ford
http://kaosradio.org/
 
Friday Sept 12
8 pm
Traditions Fair Trade Cafe Concert Series
300 5th Avenue SW,
Olympia, WA 98501
360-705-2819
www.traditionsfairtrade.com
 
Friday Sept 12 – Sunday Sept 14
Seattle Lindy Exchange
http://www.seattlelindyexchange.org
 
Saturday Sept 13 – debut of new compositions
9:30 pm
Seattle Lindy Exchange
Washington Hall
153 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98133                      
http://www.seattlelindyexchange.org
 
Monday Sept 15 – Tuesday Sept 16
Recording new full length album
 
Tuesday Sept 16th
lesson at  7pm music at 7:30 pm
Oly Swing
Eagles Ballroom
805 E 4th Ave
Olympia WA
http://olyswing.com/
 
Wednesday Sept 17th 8 pm
DjangoFest Northwest
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
565 Camano Ave
Langely, WA
tickets:
(360) 221-8262
 
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June 21 – Cristina’s Cafe, Strasburg, VA,   Greg Ruby Trio with Steve Rice and Dave Hurt

June 22 – Bright Box Theater, Winchester, VA, Greg Ruby Quartet with Steve Rice, Dwayne Brooke and Dave Hurt

June 22 – 27 Guitar Week in Berryville, VA

June 27 and 28 – River and Roots Music Festival, Berryville, VA

Greg May Calendar 2Hello Friends!It is Folklife Time!!  You can catch me with Julian Smedley, Neil Andersson and Geoff Cooke at the Cornish Playhouse Stage at 11 a.m. on Sunday.  Find out more info here: FOLKLIFE

While I was spring cleaning, I found a video of Julian and I with Neil Andersson and Spencer Hoveskeland at Vashon Allied Arts in January of 2013. We’re playing a tune of mine called “Hot off the Press”.  Please share!

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I’ll be at the Century Ballroom the next 2 weekends

This Sunday, May 25th,  I’ll be joining The Casey MacGill Hi Five at 9:30 pm.   A few weeks ago, Casey stopped by the Pink Door and we had dualing resonators – his John Morton Resonator Ukulele and my National Resophonic Tricone. What a sound – come hear for youself all the trouble two resophonic instruments can make!

Next Friday/Saturday, I’ll be joining The Careless Lovers for the after hours dance at 1 am. This will be part of Camp Jitterbug.  I would suggest staying up late on Friday instead of getting up early on Saturday, but either way we start at 1 am and plan to play all night!

At the end of July,  I’ll be back at the Swannanoa Guitar Week Camp

Old News……

Hey Seattle – come celebrate the Birthday of Django Reinhardt!!

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…at the Royal Room on Friday, January 24th.   The Greg Ruby Quartet goes on at 8:30 and Ranger and the Re-arrangers (with guest Michael Horowitz) goes on at 9:30.

GRQ:
Greg Ruby- guitar and compositions
Julian Smedley – violin
Jim Char – rhythm guitar
Spencer Hovekseland – bass
 
 
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle 98118
206 906 9920
Admission by donation!

Fall 2013

Introducing…

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Old School Jazz featuring:

Saul Cline – clarinet and soprano saxophone
Dave Holo – cornet
Greg Ruby – guitar
Matt Weiner – string bass
 
 

Summer 2013

Summer is here!  Keep your eye on the calendar as I’ll be in North Carolina teaching at Swannanoa, in Portland with the Solomon Douglas Swingtet, celebrating Bastille Day at Cafe Campagne and Le Pichet, hitting the road with Taarka in Idaho and Oregon and The Greg Ruby Quartet will be sharing the bill with Harmonious Wail at Seattle’s premier Jazz venue, The Royal Room.

I am also recording the play along tracks to the Oscar Aleman book!  Expect a Fall release.

Don’t forget, you can catch Bric-a-brac every Thursday at the Pink Door!

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Spring 2013

CD release tour with Taarka

I’ll be on the road with the Colorado based string band Taarka in late March and early April.  Check the calendar as I’ll be heading up the West Coast with them in support of their new CD, Adventures in Vagabondia.  www.taarka.com

Winter 2013

The Greg Ruby Quartet as heard on the NBC television series Parks and Recreation!!

On February 14th, NBC’s television show Parks and Recreation featured my composition, Swing for Dudley.  Check it out online at NBC – Parks and Recreation

GREG RUBY AND THE RHYTHM RUNNERS – $10

Limited Edition 7 inch Vinyl (includes digital download sticker)

In August of 2012, I had the auspicious opportunity to collaborate with some of New Orleans and New York’s finest for a short tour.  We snuck into the recording studio and cut 2 new compositions of mine: “You Shoulda’ Been There” and “Someone Told Me Your Secret”  Read more about the project here.

Featuring:
 
Gordon Au – Trumpet
Dennis Lichtman – Clarinet
Charlie Halloran – Trombone
Cassidy Holden – Bass
Greg Ruby – Guitar and Compositions
 

GREG RUBY QUARTET - Look Both Ways – $15

Original Gypsy Jazz Music




#1 Roots Music Report – Jazz Chart – 2010

#11 CMJ – Jazz Charts – 2010
#62 Roots Music Report – Top Jazz Albums of 2011
 

“Ruby charted a course years ago to venture into the world of gypsy Django Reinhardt’s musing, made it his own and has assembled a great musical force to assist with his collection of original tunes.”

 - Christopher Anderson, Victory Review

YOUR IMAGINARY FRIEND

Children’s Music by Greg Ruby and Jana Vitols – $12


With a nod to Tin Pan Alley, Les Paul, a 2nd line drum groove, and so much more, this CD will get your young ones singing and dancing along.

“Greg and Jana have made a sweet and soulful album for kids.  My two-year old dances like crazy to the up-tempo singing, animal sounds and the fun, creatively arranged instrumentals.”

- Laura Veirs, Musician

 

 

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