About Greg

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 currently creating a project to perform the compositions and arrangements of 1930’s swing guitarist, Oscar Aleman.

Leading his own groups, he can be heard at swing dances, concert halls and festivals including the French Quarter Festival, Lindy on the Rocks, DjangoFest Northwest, and the Earshot jazz festival. During his years as a member of Pearl Django (2002-2007), Greg performed at the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-seine, France. As founding member of Hot Club Sandwich, Greg can be heard on the band’s recordings and produced their 2010 release, And If Only, featuring legendary vocalist Dan Hicks. Greg’s compositions have been heard on radio, television and documentaries including NBC’s Parks and Recreation and Freakanomics. As a respected music instructor, he teaches at schools, camps and clinics and has published the Pearl Django Play-Along Book Vol.1, Frank D. Waldron: Seattle’s Syncopated Classic and will be releasing a play-along CD/book on the swing guitar mastery of Oscar Aleman in the Spring of 2018. His latest project “Syncopated Classic” unearths, records and celebrates the lost compositions from 1924 by the eminent Seattle jazz icon Frank D. Waldron. Greg holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA.