Braff, Ruby. (1927–2003)

Autograph Letter to Jack Bradley

Autograph letter from the American jazz trumpeter Reuben "Ruby" Braff to Jack Bradley, the jazz photographer, manager and writer, and close friend of Louis Armstrong. 2 pp., [n.d.], with envelope postmarked April 4, 1987. Braff writes: "Dear Jack (Fuckey), I'm looking forward & backward to our gig. As we draw closer I'll get the name of everything—oh, by the way, you've got plenty time now to get cash for me that nite, if possible. You know I'm down in Zinno's every nite, all our cats are so happy I'm there that it's like 1941. Everybody's in to see me. Buck Clayton, Morey, everybody. Packed!!! Bad news—I'm depressed we lost Buddy Rich tonite. I played anyway. What a drag! Every nite is Cafe Society for me! Unbelievable. Wild!! Anyway sing sing you 2. [...] Ruby." Written in pencil on Braff's letterhead. Folding creases, some light smudging, overall fine with original envelope. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 28 cm).

Reuben "Ruby" Braff was an American jazz trumpeter and cornetist, described by Jack Teagarden as "the Ivy League Louis Armstrong." Born in Boston, he was renowned for working in an idiom ultimately derived from the playing of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. (17027)

Autograph Letter