Storyville Records

Braff, Ruby

Reuben "Ruby" Braff (March 16, 1927 – February 9, 2003) was an American jazz trumpeter and cornetist. Jack Teagarden was once asked about him on the Gary Moore TV show and described Ruby as "The Ivy League Louis Armstrong." Braff was born in Boston. He was renowned for working in an idiom ultimately derived from the playing of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. He began playing in local clubs in the 1940s. In 1949, he was hired to play with the Edmond Hall Orchestra at the Savoy Cafe of Boston. He relocated to New York in 1953 where he was much in demand for band dates and recordings. He died February 10, 2003, in Chatham, Massachusetts.

Recordings

Ralph Sutton / Ruby Braff / Milt Hinton: The Ralph Sutton Quartet Vol 2

This is the second in a series of 4 CDs on Storyville (vol. 1 being on STCD 8243). "With Sutton's warmly swinging stride-based piano offering strong rhythmic support, together with Hinton and Alexander Ruby's in ideal musical company. The format and approach is that of a relaxed jam session, with minimal head arrangements and a string of solos all round. But solos of quality, from seasoned artists. First-rate easy-listening small group jazz, with distinguished performances all-round." - From the review of vol. 1 in Jazz Journal Int.