Ruby Braff

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Ruby Braff
Birth name Reuben Braff
Born (1927-03-16)March 16, 1927
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died February 9, 2003(2003-02-09) (aged 75)
Genres Swing
Mainstream jazz
Instruments Cornet
Labels Arbors Records
Associated acts Edmond Hall

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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As sideman[edit]

With Woody Herman

With Milt Hinton

With Ralph Sutton

With Scott Hamilton and Dave McKenna

With Ellis Larkins

  • Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins: Calling Berlin, Vols. 1 & 2 (Arbors Records)
  • Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins: 2 Part Inventions in Jazz, (Vanguard/Pye)
  • Grand Reunion (Chiaroscuro)

With Dick Hyman

With Pee Wee Russell

  • The Individualism of Pee Wee Russell (1952)
  • A Portrait of Pee Wee (1958)

With George Wein

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