“Nancy Ruth, a powerful and talented singer, combines together jazz, flamenco and Latin rhythms in a natural way, creating a fresh genre that fits into all three idioms.”

Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian, L.A. Jazz Scene

“An incredible voice that unravels with elegance and fluidity between jazz and flamenco”

Déjame Soñar, Granada, Spain

``Nancy Ruth’s Sangria Jam sounds like the sun… absolutely gorgeous voice along with great production and fantastic arrangements.``

Vladimir Oreščanin, Get on the Stage Music Magazine, Serbia

“Sangria Jam not only designs Ms. Ruth as a global storyteller, but also an innovative jazz pedagogue.”

Karl Stober, Cadence Jazz Magazine 

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Nancy Ruth is a Canadian-born singer, songwriter, and recording artist.
A world traveller with a powerful stage presence, she comes alive as she cooks up a very tasty brew of jazz, latin, and flamenco.
Her Spanish roots led her to Málaga, Spain, where she now resides and finds creative inspiration for her songwriting, weaving her influences in the Mediterranean breeze.

 

 

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Nancy Ruth is a Canadian-born singer, songwriter, and recording artist.
A world traveller with a powerful stage presence, she comes alive as she cooks up a very tasty brew of jazz, latin, and flamenco.
Her Spanish roots led her to Málaga, Spain, where she now resides and finds creative inspiration for her songwriting, weaving her influences in the Mediterranean breeze.

Growing up in a rustic log house in the temperate rain forest of British Columbia, she dreamed of a life of music and adventure. An early love of jazz was ignited by family jam sessions. She went on to study classical piano and voice with the Toronto Conservatory of Music, acting and theatre at Langara’s Studio 58, and further music studies at Douglas College in New Westminster.

Contrasting her early classical studies, she started her professional career singing in rock bands, touring Canada with Axess, Renaissance, and Aces High. She released her first self-penned album Nancy Ruth, in 1998. After a few years on the road she took time out to immerse herself in the jazz tradition. She fronted jazz trios in clubs and festivals in Canada, and performed as a pianist/ vocalist in venues world-wide. In 2004 she released an album of jazz standards called It’s Got To Be Love. A foray into musical theatre led to six seasons of starring in the Klondike show Beaver Creek Rendezvous. She was a guest vocalist with WEA recording artists The Lovehunters in Singapore, and when invited to perform for the Sultan of Brunei, she learned to sing in Malay and Indonesian during her month-long gig at the Royal Palace.

Always combining a love of travel and adventure with her musical career, she has enjoyed collaborations with Berber musicians in Morocco, Flamencos in Andalusia, and Polynesians in the South Pacific.

A performance with Panamanian composer Toño Robira incited encouragement for her to sing the boleros and ballads of Latin America. She subsequently recorded one of his compositions and co-wrote several songs in Spanish for the 2008 Home of Jazz release Me Quedo. Returning to Spain, she wrote and recorded Para Ti in both English and Spanish, then produced and starred in the showTrío Pasión, an homage to the music of Spain and Latin America.

Her latest release Sangria Jam is a musical journey recounting her travels and life in Spain. Combining her influences of jazz, latin and flamenco into her songwriting, she says: “I write what flows freely… I’m not trying to create a fusion, I just play what I feel. I’m a product of my experience and surroundings”.

 

 

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“Nancy Ruth, a powerful and talented singer, combines together jazz, flamenco and Latin rhythms in a natural way, creating a fresh genre that fits into all three idioms.” – Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian

“Nancy Ruth’s Sangria Jam sounds like the sun… absolutely gorgeous voice along with great production and fantastic arrangements.” Vladimir Oreščanin, Get on the Stage Music Magazine, Serbia

“The music of Nancy Ruth has been a great discovery for me, as I was captivated by her extraordinary fusion of flamenco and jazz.”
– Pedro Sánchez Pérez; Radio Esquina, Sanlúcar Spain

“The blood boils a little hotter, the movements become more fluid, and the passion is exhumed much deeper from within the soul. This is the encounter one will feel with vocalist Nancy Ruth. Her tones allow the heartbeat to race faster with every pulse of the composition. Her music instills that vibrant tone with a sultry execution.” – Karl Stober, ejazznews

“Intense musical passion… an unforgettable evening of fiery Latin inspired music from this incredible performer”
– Dave Gallant, Sooke News Mirror

“This is music with depth, passion, subtlety, and a distinct European sensibility.” – Rick Gibbs, Island Jazz

“An incredible voice that unravels with elegance and fluidity between jazz and flamenco” – Déjame Soñar; Granada, Spain

“The Nancy Ruth Trio certainly surprised the audience with an excellent, incredible and amazing concert… 100% authentic with flamenco and bolero and many other Spanish delicacies.” – Palle Larsen, Platancafeen, Vordingborg, Denmark

“Nancy Ruth knows how to work a room and how to sell a song. She commands the attention of the audience with well-polished stage manner and palpable charismatic charms.” – Joseph Blake, Victoria Times-Colonist

 

Fan Testimonials from October 2015 Canadian Tour: download document here)

“Nancy Ruth was lights out and the troop she brought with her was something I, for one, will never forget. I loved her telling of how she first went to Spain as I had very much the same experience in my early 20’s. A powerfully transporting experience for which I am truly grateful.” – Fred Andrew, Sooke BC

“WOW, you and your whole group blew our doors off! Thanks for a killer show.. we loved it!” – Terry Tobin, Victoria BC

“What a show … everyone loved it, was moved by it, and a few of us … transformed by it … excellent, talented, and heart based committed artisans.” – Temple Home, Wild at Heart

“An outstanding performance so full of heart. What a privilege it was to attend.” – Penny Howe, Victoria, BC

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