The Rhythm Runners’ Prohibition Era jazz is such infectious fun it could almost make you wish the 21st Amendment had never been repealed. —Dick Stein, Jazz DJ, KPLU FM Seattle, Tacoma
Greg Ruby specializes in a range of jazz traditions, playing Hot Club, prohibition-era, New Orleans-style and European café jazz. Described as “truly hot jazz” (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. Formerly of Pearl Django and Hot Club Sandwich, Greg leads The Greg Ruby Quartet, a Hot Club jazz group; collaborates with New York and New Orleans musicians on The Rhythm Runners, a prohibition-era jazz band; plays European cafe jazz with Bric-a-brac Musette Trio; and is a member of The Post Alley Ramblers, an old school New Orleans-style jazz quartet. In 2013, he received funding from King County arts agency 4Culture to create new work for The Rhythm Runners to be performed at Seattle’s historic Washington Hall.