Ruby Greenberg is a jazz and contemporary vocalist, arranger, and song-writer based in New York City. Born and raised in the mountains of Colorado, Ruby moved to New York in 2013 to pursue music studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. A versatile musician, her musical influences cross numerous genres and styles. Inspired by the jazz ballads of Ella Fitzgerald, and the intense, moody compositions of Joni Mitchell, Ruby also thrills to the pulse of contemporary sounds such as Amy Winehouse and Lianne La Havas. Ruby blends folk, jazz, soul, and progressive pop, to create a unique and innovative sound that is entirely her own.
Ruby’s love of music began as a toddler, encouraged to sing along joyfully to the colorful sounds of Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, Frank Zappa, and Steely Dan, which could be heard often and at high volume, playing throughout the house on her parents’ stereo. She sang for her first audience at age three and began piano lessons at age six, followed by a decade of clarinet and vocal lessons, including many years of prestigious school bands and orchestras. She also immersed herself in choirs and vocal ensembles through childhood, ranging from small a cappella jazz groups to classical choruses of 300. It became clear that her true passion was singing and vocal performance. During college, she focused on developing her voice as her primary instrument.
Ruby shines as a bandleader and vocalist for jazz trios or combos, or she can melt an audience in an intimate duo setting. Ruby is a joyful harmony and backup singer, feeling at home as a supporting vocalist for other acts, or simply adding vocal layers to her own compositions. She enjoys arranging and covering favorites and standards to make them her own, as well as performing her own compositions.