Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
Featuring a horn-based, Prohibition era jazz style of new music, much of it written by Greg Ruby, local guitarist, the Rhythm Runners come to the Phinney Center Community Hall for a Seattle Folklore Society concert.
A chance meeting in 2012 between Greg Ruby and New York multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman ignited the flame for the Rhythm Runners. In a shoebox-sized music venue in Brooklyn, Lichtman and Ruby struck up a conversation about their shared love of vintage jazz. Lichtman exclaimed, "Are you Greg Ruby from Seattle? I'm supposed to call you tomorrow about playing on my upcoming tour!" With that coincidence as an auspicious sign, Lichtman and Ruby joined forces and the Rhythm Runners were born, joined by trumpeter Gordon Au from New York, and trombonist Charlie Halloran and bassist Cassidy Holden, both from New Orleans.
Greg Ruby specializes in a range of jazz traditions, playing Hot Club, prohibition-era, New Orleans-style and European café jazz. Locally, Greg has played with Pearl Django and Hot Club Sandwich. Dennis Lichtman, on clarinet, leads the legendary Tuesday night jam session at Mona's in Manhattan, and has been touring internationally playing fiddle and clarinet with Pokey LaFarge. Gordon Au, trumpet, is a sought-after trumpeter in the New York area, playing with such groups as Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks and David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band at Birdland. Charlie Halloran, trombone, was pulled off a Mardi Gras float on St. Charles Avenue in 2009 by the Squirrel Nut Zippers, with whom he still tours. Named a Downbeat Magazine 2013 Rising Star, and one of OffBeat Magazine's best trombonists in 2014, Charlie performs regularly in New Orleans with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and other groups. Cassidy Holden, bass, is a bassist and rhythm section player performing traditional jazz and Delta blues. Cassidy can be heard across the U.S. and Europe as a sideman. Julian MacDonougn, on drums will also sit in for this concert.
Along with their original compositions, the Rhythm Runners will feature music from one of the Seattle's compositional masters of 1920s jazz and popular music, Frank D. Waldron. His music landed in a unique crossover period between Ragtime and Dixieland jazz but also contained other popular musical styles of the day: waltzes with three-part forms and clever key changes.
Phinney Neighborhood Center Concert Hall (Brick Building down the hill) (View)
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
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