In April of 2012, Greg Ruby met Dennis Lichtman by coincidence one night in Brooklyn. Realizing their mutual interest of early jazz, they were soon making plans for a short tour through Northern Virginia featuring some of the finest old school jazz musicians from several parts of the country. In August, 2012 The Rhythm Runners convened. With concerts underway, the group found themselves hired in a recording studio. At the end of the day with time to spare they added these 2 tracks by Greg Ruby. You Should'a Been There and Someone Told Me Your Secret.
Dennis Lichtman - clarinet
Dennis Lichtman is a New York-based multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, violin, mandolin) who is deeply entrenched in the worlds of traditional jazz, western swing, and bluegrass. As a clarinetist, he has been active in the traditional-jazz scene for years, performing with several high-level young bands (Cangelosi Cards, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Grand St. Stompers). In June, 2011, he was featured in the Wall Street Journal for his role as leader of a weekly traditional-jazz jam session at Mona's in downtown New York, which was described as "ground zero for an emerging late-night scene of young swing and traditional jazz players.” As a fiddler and mandolinist, Dennis has performed at many of the top bluegrass festivals, and in spring of 2011 released a CD with his western swing band, The Brain Cloud.
Since 2009, Lichtman has collaborated with Brazilian choro masters Ronaldo do Bandolim and Rogério Souza in Rio de Janeiro and New York, performed at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and Lincoln Center in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland following the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago World Music Festival, toured Europe, China, Hawaii, and the entire continental U.S., made several annual trips to New Orleans to collaborate with local musicians there, played at a smattering of major jazz, bluegrass and world music festivals, and has recorded on over two dozen albums on his three instruments.
Gordon Au - trumpet/cornet
Gordon Au has performed with no less than 23 Grammy Award-winners, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Ellis Marsalis, Benny Golson, and Terence Blanchard. In 2007, he co-founded the New Orleans Moonshiners, described in the press as "a trad jazz band with new souls" that has "taken the area by storm, gaining a huge fan base and lots of critical acclaim." Their second album, including four of Gordon's compositions, was nominated
for traditional jazz album of the year by New Orleans's “Offbeat Magazine.” Since moving to New York, Gordon has recorded with Grammy winner Brian Blade, performed with Grammy winner Wycliffe Gordon, international flamenco star Carmen París, and with such groups as Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong
Centennial Band at Birdland, the Dan Levinson Quintet, and Cynthia Sayer and Sparks Fly. Gordon has performed in Japan, Australia, England, France, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, Panama, Israel, and in India with Herbie Hancock and others as part of the US State Department's "The Living Dream" tour, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit.
Charlie Halloran - trombone
Charlie Halloran grew up in St Louis, learned trombone at Eastman, and trampagne in New Orleans. In 2009 the Squirrel Nut Zippers pulled Charlie off a Mardi Gras float on St Charles Avenue and brought him along for Budweiser-fueled tours of North and South America, as well as some craftily disguised composing for the movie Burlesque. Charlie has been playing with Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns since the beginning in 2009, appears on the critically acclaimed Lucky Devil, and joined the band on tours of the UK and North America. Charlie founded the New Orleans Moonshiners in 2008 and joined that little band that could, the Palmetto Bug Stompers, in 2011. Recently Charlie has had the privilege of recording with Dave Bartholomew, John Boutte, and Jon Cleary. He's also played with the legendary Allen Toussaint, indie favorites the Walkmen, as well as the Cab Calloway Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Preservation Hall Hot 4, and Norbert Susemihl's New Orleans Jazz Allstars.
Cassidy Holden - Bass
Cassidy Holden is a bass player and rhythm section man in New Orleans. He performs traditional jazz and delta blues with Luke Winslow King and others there. He performs and teaches internationally for swing dances with his own group, Cassidy and the Orleans Kids, and with the Gordon Webster Band as a guitarist. Also, he is a teacher at the Welbourne Jazz and Dance Camp, a one-of-a-kind workshop that focuses on convergence in the roots of jazz music and dance. This year, he has appeared on Luke Winslow King's "The Coming Tide", Gordon Webster's "Live in Rochester", and his own "Salut I Força al Canut." He is currently on tour for 6 weeks in Europe through Spain, Italy, Austria, UK, Germany, and Switzerland.
Greg Ruby - Guitar
Seattle based guitarist and composer Greg Ruby is a distinctive voice in the Hot Club jazz tradition. His most recent CD release Look Both Ways celebrated the 100th anniversary of Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt with 12 original compositions and reached #1 on the Roots Music Review’s jazz chart. As a member of the esteemed group Pearl Django, Greg spent five years performing and touring throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and appeared with the group at the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois sur seine, France. As founding member of the hot jazz string band, Hot Club Sandwich , Greg can be heard on all four of the band’s recordings and produced their 2010 release, “And If Only,” featuring legendary vocalist Dan Hicks . Currently, he leads his own group, The Greg Ruby Quartet receiving the King County 4Culture Award to compose 10 new works for string jazz ensemble.
“Seattle’s Greg Ruby swings - truly Hot Jazz”
- Michael Dregni, Vintage Guitar Magazine Nov. 2010