Seattle based guitarist Greg Ruby returns to Asheville to team up with Asheville musicians; Finn MacGill (violin), Steve Karla (guitar) Michael Gamble (bass) and Russ Wilson (drums) to perform the compositions and arrangements of 1930’s Swing guitarist Oscar Aleman.

Greg Ruby and Friends


Greg Ruby (guitar, Seattle) was given a Django Reinhardt LP when he was 19 and has been playing vintage jazz music ever since. Described as “truly hot jazz” by Vintage Guitar Magazine, his CD, Look Both Ways, featuring all original compositions, reached #1 on the Roots Music Review jazz chart. Greg has been on the guitar faculty at the Swannanoa Gathering since 2012. His latest project “Syncopated Classic” unearths, records and celebrates the lost compositions from 1924 by the eminent Seattle jazz icon Frank D. Waldron.
Multi-instrumentalist, All-Ireland fiddle finalist and Ropeadope Recording artist Andrew “Finn the fiddler” Magill has watched his career surge ever since the 2016 release of his 2-disc concept album Roots (which debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts) & Branches. Raised at The Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville North Carolina, Magill has learned and carved out a name for himself in Irish, American, jazz and Brazilian music, collaborating with everyone from Rising Appalachia to John Doyle.
Steve Karla is an Asheville-based guitarist who performs classic gypsy jazz with a risk-taking twist, incorporating intricate melodic lines, la pompe, and hints of other world rhythms. When not making music, spends his time creating surreal paintings and learning the art of guitar-building.
Michael Gamble is best known as organizer of Lindy Focus, and bandleader of the Rhythm Serenaders. In addition to playing with that group, he’s worked as a sideman with The Low-Down Sires, The Russ Wilson Swingtet and Orchestra, Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five and Orchestra, Falty and the Defects, and countless pickup bands and ad-lib ensembles playing swing and early jazz, mostly for dancers. Michael holds an undergraduate degree in Jazz studies, and, when he’s not playing, enjoys arranging, leading student ensembles, and teaching music, musicality, and music appreciation to swing dancers. Michael currently lives and works out of Asheville, NC.

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