Seattle’s Greg Ruby lives and breathes jazz guitar. When he’s not gigging with various ensembles, this former member of Pearl Django is a busy composer and music educator. Ruby’s latest project is one of his most ambitious, Oscar Alemán: Play Along Songbook, Volume One. On this week’s podcast, Ruby walks us through the unbelievable life of Alemán (a peer of Django Reinhardt’s with an equally made-for-Hollywood backstory). We also talk about Greg’s early introduction to gypsy jazz and hear about the mammoth task he had in assembling this collection of tab/notation (the first dedicated to Alemán’s music).
Order Oscar Alemán: Play Along Songbook, Volume One here.