Why this tune?
My late father Mel grew up in Boston with the jazz cornetist Ruby Braff, a great player in the Dixieland and swing tradition who passed in 2003. I remember my father playing his version of Here, There, and Everywhere when I was growing up in the mid-1970s. It’s from a 1973 album from his quartet with the guitarist George Barnes. Pa was not up on pop music, which I was just discovering as a teenager. I remember having to convince Pa that this was really a Beatles tune, and not some obscure jazz standard.
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I love Ruby’s sound here. Part of that comes from the sound of the cornet, which is generally warmer than the trumpet. It’s also his style, influenced by an older, more vocal approach to jazz trumpet going back to Louis Armstrong.
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Ruby and George
Here’s George Barnes with Bucky Pizzarelli on another version from 1971