Greg Ruby

Jazz Guitarist

Greg Ruby began playing swing and early jazz music while leading the bohemian life of a busker 25 years ago. He has since become a respected guitarist, composer and author. Described as “Seattle’s premier hot jazz guitarist” by Earshot Jazz magazine, he has performed with Pearl Django, The Hot Club of San Francisco, Andy Stein, Dan Hicks, John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Howard Alden and The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra as well as leading numerous groups under his own name. Greg’s compositions have been heard on Parks and Recreation, Roswell NM, Freakanomics and When Seattle Invented the Future. He has authored the Pearl Django Play-Along Book Vol.1, Frank D. Waldron: Seattle’s Syncopated Classic, the Oscar Alemán Play-Along Songbook Vol. 1 and writes for Acoustic Guitar magazine. 

As part of Django Reinhardt renaissance of the early 2000’s, Greg formed the seminal group Hot Club Sandwich and later joined Pearl Django in 2002. His rock-solid rhythm guitar propelled the group through multiple recordings and their debut performance at the legendary Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois-sur-seine, France. In 2010, he released a record of all original compositions inspired by the great Django, titled Look Both Ways, which reached #1 on the Roots Music Review radio chart. In 2016, he was awarded arts, heritage and cultural fundingfor Syncopated Classic– a project which unearthed, restored and recorded the lost compositions by the eminent 1920’s Seattle jazz icon Frank D. Waldron. The resulting record was awarded the “Northwest Jazz recording of the year” In 2017. In November 2019, Greg moved to New York – just months before the city shuttered due to Covid-19. At the beginning of the pandemic, he took the A Train south to Rockaway Beach, NY, where he now lives, surfs and continues to compose, record and live a creative life.


Black out Days: I have varied teaching schedules. With enough notice, I can move anything except for Tuesday Nights from 5 pm till 8 pm PST.

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