Ruby Braff

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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 and resided in Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Hear Me Talkin' Ruby Braff 2
1978 Ruby Got Rhythm Ruby Braff 1
1986 A Sailboat in the Moonlight Ruby Braff & Scott Hamilton 1
1989 Music From My Fair Lady: With an Extra Bit of Luck Ruby Braff & Dick Hyman 1
1991 Ruby Braff and His New England Songhounds, Volume 1 Ruby Braff 1
1992 Ruby Braff and His New England Songhounds, Volume 2 Ruby Braff 1
1994 Easy Now Ruby Braff 1
2000 Duets, Volume 1 Ellis Larkins & Ruby Braff 1
2007 C'est Magnifique Ruby Braff & John Pizzarelli & Bucky Pizzarelli 1
2009 Ruby Braff Goes "Girl Crazy" Ruby Braff 1
A Sailboat in the Moonlight Ruby Braff 1
Inside & Out Ruby Braff & Roger Kellaway 1
Ruby Braff & Buddy Tate with the Newport All Stars Ruby Braff & Buddy Tate 1
The Concord Jazz Heritage Series Ruby Braff 1
Younger Than Swingtime: Music from South Pacific Ruby Braff & Dick Hyman 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Ruby Braff with Hank Jones Complete Recordings Ruby Braff & Hank Jones 1
Bravura Eloquence Ruby Braff 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 A First Ruby Braff 1
Cornet Chop Suey Ruby Braff 1
Me Myself and I Ruby Braff 1

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