Ruby Braff

Tony Bennett and Ruby Braff

[Ed. note: This post was originally published July 17, 2013]. Tony Bennett included Ruby Braff, along with Shirley Horn, Joao Gilberto, and Milt Jackson, in a select group of “pure musicians” who have “a sound that’s as precious as a string of pearls or a rare diamond.“ For Alec Wilder, Braff’s purity came in the form of a trumpeter who “played the center” of every note. Whitney Balliett described him as “a well-stirred mixture of Louis Armstrong and Bunny Berigan,” and Jack Teagarden called him “the Ivy League Louis Armstrong.” Truth is, Braff never had eyes for the Ivies. Raised by Russian-born immigrants in a Roxbury household where Yiddish remained the mother tongue, Braff said that he could write music twice as fast as he could read a newspaper and that well into middle age he read books like Wilder’s American Popular Song with a dictionary at hand.
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Joe Mongelli Jazz Trio Plays Ruby Braff Tribute

Presented by Cape Cod Museum of Art at Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis on Sunday, January 16 at 3 PM. This concert pays homage to Braff by recreating some of his most iconic recordings. Ruby Braff, one of Cape Cod’s own, was world-renowned as a later-day proponent of...