Music journalist, author and sound artist Michael Rüsenberg invites jazz greats to an interesting exchange at "Speak Like A Child." The title of the series goes back to the title track of the legendary Herbie Hancock album from 1968 and is a reference to the musical primary color of the Stadtgarten. Now the popular interview series is also available as a podcast, to be heard here on this website, Spotify and iTunes.
The pianist Georg Ruby, born in 1953, comes from the Lahn, grew up in Trier and from there met all the jazz greats in his youth in a club in nearby Luxembourg ("except Miles"). In Cologne he studied clarinet and piano (1978-82). Ruby loves the province and shows: you can live in a village in the southern Eifel and at the same time be a member of the initiative Kölner Jazzhaus e.V.. He is even one of its founders (1978) and is still responsible for the label "Jazzhaus Musik".
Ruby has led the Youth Jazz Orchestra in Berlin, Rhineland-Palatinate and longest in Saarbrücken. From 1994 to 2019 he held a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik Saar and was head of the department "Jazz and Improvised Music". His longtime trio (since 2002) is called Village Zone. The album of the same name appeared in 2019 in the online magazine "All About Jazz" among the list of the 12 best international productions of the year.
The conversation with Georg Ruby took place on January 15, 2021 on the stage of Stadtgarten during the intermission of the online concert of Village Zone with singer Sascha Ley.
So, a concert without audience, in the hall. The interviewer would have liked to see the audience's amusement at one point or another. For example, when the quartet plays "Le stelle d'oro" by Peppino di Capri, 82.