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Reuben "Ruby" Braff (March 16, 1927 – February 9, 2003) was an American jazz cornetist and trumpeter.

Braff was a wonderfully characterful and melodic player with an immediately identifiable sound and unique tone on the cornet, an uncommon instrument in post-war jazz. He style was fundamentally based on that of earlier players including Louis Armstrong, Bobby Hackett and Bunny Berigan but he transcended these influences to always sounds fresh, sparky and somehow modern.

He was born in Boston and began playing… read more

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  • The most romantic music in the world, fit for any occasion, without a doubt.
  • Listen to the man under me, he's got what's up.
  • If Ruby's star had risen in the '40's instead of the '50's he'd be up there in the pantheon of famous brass players, but to be Benny Goodman's star cornetist or record with Coleman Hawkins or Buck Clayton carried less coin by that era. Ruby's a genius; don't delay, listen to him today.

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