"Jamie Ruben suggests what Carlos Santana might sound like if he ever made an ECM album" Douglad Payne, Sound Insights
"Guitarist Jamie Ruben's Groove•O•Ly•O•Scene is an absolute treat for the ears...... it posseses a marvelously spacious ambience, woven through with fantastic grooves" Florence Wetzel Allaboutjazz.com
“Imaginative compositions and tasteful and creative improvisations serve as an introduction to an exciting and innovative musician” - Hrayr Attarian, Allaboutjazz.com writer for Jazziz magazine and Chicago Jazz Magazine
“Jamie Ruben's music is infectious, and his sound conveys the richness of his own personal journey. " -Alan Bryson Jazzmatazz
Jamie’s music draws from a wide array of influences. From Mingus and Myles to the likes of Bjork, Medeski Martin and Wood, Coldplay and Alicia Keys, Jamie takes in an array of modern and old music, combined with elements that are organic, distinctive and groove hard.
Born into the lack of turbulence of the Toronto suburbs in 1980, Jamie’s life as an imaginative daydreamer, artist, creative voice and, eventually, an adventurous musician, composer and journeyman began. After a number of years of full time performing abroad Jamie returned to his hometown of Toronto in the spring of 2010 and has been quick to be recognized as an important new musician/composer on Canada’s eclectic music scene.
Jamie’s Canadian debut album Groove•O•Ly•O•Scene reached #2 on national radio charts and led to him being awarded a prestigious composition grant by the Ontario Arts Council. Jamie had the privilege of recording his music with a who’s who of top creative Canadian musicians such as Steve Zsirai on Bass (David Usher, Jill Barber, Royal Wood, Shakura S’aida and many more),William Sperandei on Trumpet (Michael Kaeshammer, Harry Connick Jr., Colin James, Brandi Disterheft, many more), Dafydd Hughes on Keys (Feist, Esthero, Julie Crochetiere, Jacksoul, James McCollum, Christine Bougie, many more) and Ryan Granville-Martin on drums (Martin Tieli, Mia Sheard, and many more)