Seattle-based guitarist and composer Greg Ruby plays diverse styles of vintage jazz. Described as “truly hot jazz” by Vintage Guitar Magazine, his CD, Look Both Ways, celebrating the 100th birthday of guitarist Django Reinhardt and featuring 12 original compositions, reached #1 on the Roots Music Review jazz chart.
Greg leads The Greg Ruby Quartet, a Hot Club jazz group dedicated to all-original compositions; collaborates with New York and New Orleans musicians in The Rhythm Runners, a Prohibition-era dance band; plays Valse musette and European café jazz with Bric-a-brac Trio; and is a member of The Post Alley Ramblers, an old school New Orleans-style jazz quartet.
A former member of Pearl Django, Greg has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and appeared at the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-seine, France. As founding member of Hot Club Sandwich, Greg can be heard on all the band’s recordings and produced their 2010 release, And If Only, featuring legendary vocalist Dan Hicks. Greg’s compositions have been heard on television and documentaries including NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He’s published the Pearl Django Play-Along Book Vol.1 through Djangobooks.com, and is working on a play-along CD/book on the swing guitar mastery of Oscar Aleman.
Greg is currently working on a major project, Syncopated Classic: Rediscovering the Lost Compositions of Seattle Jazz Pioneer Frank D. Waldron, celebrating and promoting the legacy of one of the most important yet unknown figures in early Seattle jazz. This exciting project will span two years and includes historical research, music notation, presentations, performances and recording of Waldron’s compositions by the Rhythm Runners, and the publication of Waldron’s definitive biography.