Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners bring Prohibition-era jazz to WICA

  • Tue Mar 31st, 2015 9:53pm
  • Life

Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners will be playing a CD release concert featuring tunes evocative of the Prohibition jazz era at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

The band was featured as the opening night headliner for DjangoFest Northwest, according to a recent press release, and will be celebrating the release of their new CD “Washington Hall Stomp.”

Songs are reminiscent of the underground speakeasies, roadhouses and dance halls of the 1920s and 1930s, according to the release.

The release states that the CD features nine original songs composed by Greg Ruby and three newly recorded compositions from 1924 by Seattle jazz pioneer Frank D. Waldron.

The band consists of Greg Ruby on guitar, Dennis Lichtman on clarinet, Gordon Au on trumpet, Rob Adkins on bass and Brandon Au on trombone.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for youth and are available for purchase online at https://tickets.wicaonline.com/public/ by phone at 800-638-7631 or in person at the box office.