Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
April CD release, Washington Hall Stomp, dances and concerts by the Rhythm Runners
Thursday, April 16 @ 7:30
Youth $10 (age 25 and under)
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.
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.
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