Photos on the Steinway grand in Ruth's living room reflect her musical
career. Several pictures get one's attention. Her mother, a music teacher, inspired Ruth to earn a music
Bachelor of Arts degree. Mom poses with Dad in front of a venerable
Harley Davidson motorbike. There's a group of young musicians glowing during a workshop.
Ruth embracing Toots Thielemans in a Baku caravansary. Ruth playing at Bill Clinton's inauguration. Ruth hamming it up with singer Jackie Ryan and composer Amina Figarova. Some photos include celebrities or famous musicians. Others simply grab one's
interest. What a life Ruth has had!
Ruth has performed with such jazz and blues greats as Keb' Mo', Charles
Brown, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Little Jimmy Scott.
Her discography (including several Platinum and Grammy-winning CDs) covers various jazz and blues styles as well as movie soundtracks. She has recorded with Charles Brown, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Clark Terry, Vassar Clements, Toots Thielemans, Ernie Watts, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Jackie Ryan, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott,
She toured the world for ten years with the late Charles Brown, performing at major jazz festivals and
concerts and on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Ruth continues to spend considerable time abroad. She
has recorded and performed internationally with Maria Muldaur, Denise Jannah, Dmitri
Matheny and European pianist/composer Amina Figarova. Lately she has
"returned to the roots" and travels with Elvin Bishop's band.
Ruth believes in teaching and in bringing music to the public schools. She has
been on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for twelve years and has had a
very successful "Ruth Davies Blues Night" series at the Stanford Jazz
Festival. The San Francisco Symphony’s "Adventures in Music" program and the "Just Say Jazz" project deliver music education to the classroom. By any conservative estimate, Ruth has presented music programs to over
one thousand school groups. That's a serious
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent," said
Victor Hugo. Perhaps that is the key to Ruth's