Ruthie Price

When Joy called me on the phone she told me she was “the beige one,” but the name goes deeper than that. Drummer Ruthie Price, Vallejo pianist Joy Stewart, and bassist Rhonda Kinard, have named their trio after the Duke Ellington suite. The group came to our attention through Ruthie Price who first appeared here with Calvin Keys on guitar and Dayna Stepens on bass. I can tell you, Calvin is picky. She might be young, but she knows how to use her drumsticks, and who to bring with her when we asked her to come back on her own. The ladies know where they come from and where they're going. They kept people listening and cheering until midnight, while they played everything from jazz standards to a very hip Stevie Wonder suite. In my humble opinion, Joy is a natural born singer. I don't say that about too many people. We knew we had to have them back one more time. So Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9pm is your chance to hear them and enjoy the company, before Ruthie heads to school in LA and they all become superstars.

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