Corner Café

by Greg Ruby and Steve Rice

Valse Volant 02:37
Corner Café 03:28
January Rain 04:07
Palo Verde 04:03


“Corner Café” is an album of all original compositions co-written by Greg Ruby and Steve Rice. Inspired by mid-century Parisian swing, the album conjures shades of Django Reinhardt and Jo Privat while venturing into cinematic ambiance.

The project began causally in 2013 when Rice invited Ruby to play guitar on a recording session he was producing for film and television licensing. The two hit it off and before long began co-writing for these sessions. At first, the two exchanged half written tunes but as the creative process developed, their in-person writing sessions immersed them in lively musical debate and artistic gestalt. Inspired by the process, they decided to release the compositions as an album. While still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, they chose the title track, “Corner Café,” evoking the collective sense of longing for the simple pleasures of life – conversation with a friend over a cup of coffee at a corner café.


released December 2, 2022


Greg Ruby – guitars
Steve Rice – accordion, piano
Julian MacDonough – drums (1 – 11)
Saul Cline – clarinet (1, 5, 8, 9, 11)
Michael Glynn – bass (2, 3, 4, 6)
Cary Black – bass (1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13)
Spencer Hoveskeland – bass (12)
Raphael McGregor – lap steel (7)
Brandon Shane Vance – violin (13)

Songs #1-11 written by: Greg Ruby and Stephen J Rice, published by: Greg Ruby Music (ASCAP) and Sunset Hill Music (ASCAP)
#12. Palo Verde by Greg Ruby, Greg Ruby Music (ASCAP)
#13. The Cobblestone Street by Stephen J Rice, Burnt Toast Music (ASCAP)

Produced by Greg Ruby and Steve Rice
Recorded at Sophia Hat, Seattle WA with additional remote recording
Engineered by Chris Spencer
Mixed and edited by Steve Rice and Greg Ruby
Mastered by Randy Sutin, Bump Jazz Productions
Artwork by Richard Morhous
Design by John Hubbard


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Greg Ruby New York, New York

Greg Ruby began playing swing and early jazz music while leading the bohemian life of a busker in the 1990’s. As part of Django Reinhardt renaissance of the early 2000’s, Greg formed the seminal group Hot Club Sandwich and later joined Pearl Django in 2002. He continues to lead his own groups including the Greg Ruby Quartet, Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners and the Greg Ruby Six! ... more

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