Paul Wieder interviews Ruby Harris
Ruby Harris has made is musical mark in many genres. He is one of the
original members of the Diaspora Yesiva Band, the group that first
merged Jewish music with rock’n’roll. Since then, he has been part of
bluegrass and Irish bands, and he has played alongside musical legends
and before royalty. Today, he is a founder of Chicago’s Jazmer, which
merges jazz and klezmer, and the Ruby Harris Electric Violin Blues Band,
in which he plays the blues on an electrified antique violin. He also
plays mandolin and guitar, but his first instrument was the harmonica.
Ruby will play a set from his Disaspora days at 8:30pm on Feburary 14,
at the Young Israel of West Rogers Park, 2706 W. Touhy Ave.