2018 was a big year - starting with a 14 date tour of Australia with my original project (covering Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Ballarat, Geelong and Brisbane) and travels to Singapore. Spring and summer took me on tour with my solo show, visiting Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Athens, Venice, Monaco, Marseille, Gibraltar, Naples, and Cannes. Fall took me to New York for ongoing collaborations there (TBA!) and the release of a new single and video, ‘Todo Para Ti’ (All For You). Winter took me back to Morocco where I’m working on a documentary. 50+ flights this year, lots of miles, lots of cool people and lots of lessons learned along the way… THANK YOU, GRACIAS, to all who came out to shows, to everyone who supported me in their own way, to all the beautiful artistic souls who made music with me, to the world of awesome sound and light people who make it all come together, to all who bought CDs (especially you Australians, you still buy CDs!! :) and for all the social media likes, loves, smiles and interest… making a living as a musician is a challenge with moving parts that are constantly changing in this digital age, so I’m forever grateful for your support, and for the continued opportunity to write and perform. 2019 is already shaping up to be exciting, with a recent announcement of a performance in the wonderful Saint Louis Jazz Festival in Senegal (April)… more on that soon. Again, thank you - I’m thrilled that so many people still enjoy live, original music.
"She seems to be sucking the marrow out of life, making each song into a celebration of being and of passionately embracing the whole range of human emotions and experience."
-Nikos Fotakis, Australian Jazz
"Sangria Jam not only designs Nancy Ruth as a global storyteller, but also an innovative jazz pedagogue."
- Karl Stober, Cadence Jazz Magazine
NANCY RUTH - LATEST NEWS
Nancy is joined by her band and special guest dancers on this spectacular new video release. Buy Song
Nancy Ruth and her band are now included in the official cultural offerings from the government of Málaga, Andalucia
Information here (in Spanish/ en español)
Nancy will be releasing a new single and video for fall of 2018... stay tuned for 'Breathing in Indigo'!
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Australian Tour such a success!
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NANCY RUTH SANGRIA JAM (2016 SELF) The core of music is like a new road open to you; you do not know where it leads but travel it well with respect, for the destination is up to you alone. With memories and love attached to each note, music is the one journal of your trip through life that is allowed to exhume romantic and living emotions with the touch of a single chord. This occurs when the music sheets and arrangements become the second-class citizen and the heart becomes center stage for the artist. Many times this is defined as the “Feel” of the artist but it also through the archives of jazz history known as the “Jam.”
There is no other exciting occurrence on stage than that of a collection or artists just going with the sound and letting it take them to parts unknown. This is the quest Canadian born vocalist Nancy Ruth took and conquered with the weapons of her heart, soul, and memories; newly sharpened, to take the journey towards the Sangria Jam. When I asked Ms. Ruth about her new project and what influenced her, she expressed it in this fashion, “My main inspiration for the Sangria Jam CD was my 15 years of living in Malaga Spain; learning the culture in all its beauty and ‘picaresca’”… Ms. Ruth further elaborated, “I came here alone, with no money, job, contacts or ambitions, other than to find my own voice. I think the lyrics to ‘Temporary Home’ and ‘Beauty in the Ruins’ best describe some of my experiences, as well as ‘Jasmine Tree’…. It’s been a huge adventure, following my instincts, all logic tossed aside.”
Ms. Ruth, the sultry “Flamenco Echo” has her roots firmly embedded in the jazz culture and branches off to the flamenco and Latin stylings with deep insight and innovation. Sangria Jam is encased in originals, with music and lyrics by Ms. Ruth herself, thus expressing her past transformation and relocation to a whole new existence in Spain. Through out time jazz has had many relationships with other styles of music but none so endearing as with flamenco. Ms. Ruth expounds on this with her passion and bringing the two together adding to the historic romance.
In the fourth cut Buleria #1 the beat the ivories project from the start come at you with a fever pitch just igniting the fire in the belly. The first chorus comes in on a cloud but the ignition of the flamenco style just upped the octane of the listeners driven soul with ivories and skins afire. Your passions will be driven by a thousand nails, as you fall into this well constructed vibrant echo called Temporary Home, the ninth cut on this spin. Written by Ms. Ruth, The solo string manipulation of guitarist Luis Robisco is outstanding and then after a well scripted chorus, the sizzling sax solo of Manuel Olmo just drives the cut into a new and exciting dimension which exits the piece with ones heart is still beating full speed.
The nucleus of Sangria Jam is the pulse of Ms. Ruth with her past meeting the present in body and soul. The foundation is her Canadian roots seeded in a little log cabin to the adventure she undertook back to her homeland of Spain. There Ms. Ruth found solace in her spirit and music, which together inspired her melodic and lyrical gifts. The project takes the listener to all compass points of her voyage by blanketing them with her flamenco beat and tucking them away with her lively ballads. Sangria Jam not only designs Ms. Ruth and a global storyteller but also an innovative jazz pedagogue.
-Karl Stober, Cadence, The Independent Journal of Creative Improvised Music
Issue: http://www.cadencejazzmagazine.com/membersonly/admin/assets/CadenceApril2017%20.pdf P. 164
'Llórame' and 'Sigo Viviendo', two of Nancy's songs, will be featured on the soundtrack of the new film 'La Ley Del Embudo', in theatres soon
Nancy Ruth is a talented and powerful singer who was born and raised in Canada. Always a lover of both flamenco music and jazz, she moved to Spain in 2001. On Sangria Jam, she combines together jazz, flamenco and Latin rhythms in a natural way, creating a fresh genre that fits into all three idioms.
Ms. Ruth (who sometimes utilizes overdubbing so as to have multiple voices on the catchier refrains), while generally in the lead, often functions as part of the ensemble. She wrote all 11 selections and her spirited music, while exploring several moods, has a consistently celebratory feel. Some selections have the singer, who also plays piano on four pieces, in a quartet with guitarist Luis Robisco, bassist Juan Soto and percussionist Juan Heredia. There are also significant appearances by Manuel Olmo on soprano, tenor and flute and Victor Vallejo on piano and trumpet with pianist Jean Louis Van Dam being prominent on “Soar.”
Nancy Ruth’s lyrics discuss such topics as the happiness of coming home (“Malaga”), the joy of taking chances (“Soar”), romance (the haunting ballad “Llorame”), and the difficulties of settling down (“Buleria #1”). “Jasmine Tree,” after some beautiful solo flamenco guitar by Luis Robisco (who is a major asset throughout the CD), is rhythmically exciting. “Beauty In The Ruins” features some warm long notes by the singer near its conclusion. “I Once Said I’d Stay” (about taking a chance on giving up everything for love) precedes the most stirring piece, “Temporary Home.” The passionate rhythms, Olmo’s heated soprano and the intense singing make this performance particularly memorable. The exhilarating “Wild Imagination” and the witty “Yellow Veranda” (about food and potential love) conclude the enjoyable set.
All in all, this is an impressive effort by Nancy Ruth that is difficult to categorize as anything but joyful and creative music.
-Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers, The Great Jazz Guitarists and Jazz On Film 1917-76