Food & Music Under the Full Moon! Celebrate Community Cooks

Sunday September 30, 2012
Cambridge Boat Club - 2 Gerry's Landing Road, Cambridge MA

Celebrate Community Cooks
a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors

Speeches 6:30-7:00pm (Henrietta Davis, mayor of Cambridge, Joe Curtatone, mayor of Somerville, Martha Sandler- Exec Dir On the Rise)

**Ruthie Ristich Quartet (swing music for dancing) 7:15-8:15pm
Ben Cook-piano, Rick McLaughlin-bass, Bertram Lehman-drums, Ruthie Ristich-voice

** SheBoom 8:15-9:00pm
Janet Axelrod, Margaret Ryan, Lesley Bannatyne, Julie Schneider, Adria Steinberg, Fargo, Deb Pacini and Janine Fay. Marcos Santos-mentor, teacher, spiritual advisor.

Community Cooks http://communitycooks.org/ is a network of over 280 volunteers who provide home-cooked meals to vulnerable neighbors--homeless adults and children, women in crisis, at-risk youth, people recovering from addiciton or struggling with mental and physical disabilities. In 2011-1012, we served over 14,000 people who were assisted by direct-service programs located in Cambridge, Somerville, Lowell, Malden, Medford and Waltham.
Funds raised from this event will help us continue to feed growing numbers of community members in need.
Tickets: $30 (pre-event), or $35 at the door.

Sardellas in Newport. Wed July 11, 2012

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Ruthie is singing with Dick Lupino on bass and Mike Renzi on piano.

Sardellas Jazz Series
30 Memorial Blvd West, Newport Rhode Island

come on down for the best music and best Italian food.


2012 Itinerary

performance schedule :

March 2012
Sat March 24
Attleboro Arts Museum Flower Show
more info
7 - 10:30 pm
This year's "Flower Show After Hours" evening event will wow you with a kaleidoscope of instrumental, vocal and dance performances as we Swing into Spring and celebrate the music of America.
The Sisters of Swing featured at 8:00pm
with April Hall, Roberta Radley, Ruthie Ristich vocals
Bill Brinkley - guitar
Rick McLaughlin - bass

Sat January 7
Ruthie Ristich with John Pierce Trio
Matthew Nicholls-piano
John Pierce-bass
Jon Hazilla-drums

All Season's Table-Modern Asian Cuisine
64 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148
(781) 397-8788
Come early or late to get a seat. Terrific food. Hands-on owner Douglas makes you feel right at home. If you come for a later dinner you'll be able to hear the music more clearly. The big room can get noisy when it's crowded.


Monday December 19
Roberta Radley featuring the Sisters of Swing
CD release concert
Christmas and Holiday music "Swing-a-Jing-A-Lingin'"
Arsenal Center for the Arts
Watertown MA
Click to listen and purchase CD


MAY 2010
Monday May 10
Private concert.
Yarmouthport, MA.

Sunday May 16
Private concert.
Medford, MA.

JUNE 2010
Sunday June 6
The Island Merchant http://theislandmerchant.com
The Sisters of Swing http://thesistersofswing.com
Hyannis, MA

Saturday June 12
Private party. Evening.
Osterville-Cape Cod.

Sunday June 27
Somerville Jazz & Blues Festival
The Nave http://www.artsomerville.org/nave/directions.html
3-5pm. Reception to follow in the Nave Art Gallery. 5-7pm.
Ruthie Ristich Trio featuring Bill Brinkley-guitar, Rick McLaughlin-bass
plus special guests The Sisters of Swing with Gaye Tolan Hatfield, Roberta Radley, Brad Hatfield.
This performance is a benefit for Groundwork Somerville http://www.groundworksomerville.org/Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

They have some wonderful programs for children, including a maple syrup making project right in Somerville: tapping the trees here! Check it out on their website.

JULY 2010
Sunday July 4
Greenvale Vineyard Jazz Series
Ruthie Ristich Trio
free and open to the public: lovely lovely place

Sunday July 25
Greenvale Vineyard Jazz Series
The Sisters of Swing
free and open to the public: lovely lovely place. bring the family. bring a picnic.


Wednesday August 4
Sardellas Jazz Series
30 Memorial Blvd West, Newport Rhode Island
The Sisters of Swing featuring Dick Lupino-bass, Brad Hatfield-piano

For booking information please Email Ruthie

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Sound clips from CD Carefully Taught

Carefully Taught-Rodgers/Hammerstein. arranged Ristich
Alain Mallet-piano, Ben Wittmann-drums, Ira Coleman-bass, Ruthie Ristich-voice

Samba de Orfeo-Luiz Bonfa with English lyric by Evelyn Rosenthal arr. Ristich
Alain Mallet-piano, Ben Wittmann-drums, Ira Coleman-bass, Ruthie Ristich-voice

Easy to Love-Cole Porter arr. Ristich
Renato Chicco-piano, Ben Wittmann-drums, Peter Herbert-bass, Ruthie-voice

I Only Have Eyes For You-Warren/Dubin arr. Ristich/Gohl
Teese Gohl-piano, Ben Wittmann-drums, Ira Coleman-bass, Ristich-voice

Please Send Me Someone to Love-Percy Mayfield arr. Ristich/Friedland
Ed Friedland-tenor bass, Ristich-voice

what's been said about Ruthie Ristich

"I know Ruthie Ristich to be a big hearted, highly intelligent woman with a warm, honey toned singing voice and a wide range of interests and curiosity about the world. Anyone who digs fine jazz vocals, expert highly musical accompaniment with a dash of African, Latin music flavor should love this CD." -Bob Moses Rakalam

"Ruthie gives new life to this material with her intelligent phrasing, great sense of humor and acute musicianship. She is one of my favorites!!!" -Mili Bermejo

"Ruthie has been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard her sing; clearly intelligent, insightful, delightfully innovative, and always an artistic joy! We've waited patiently for this project and we sure are glad it's finally a reality!" -Rebecca Parris

"She even laughs in tune." -Hermeto Pascoal

"Ms. Ristich knows what she wants, and how to get it. She also has an
unerring ear for great material... Her relaxed, personal delivery makes it seem easy; her compelling arrangements, and the wonderful musicians she works with are a delight. Bravo Ruthie! Carefully Taught is a gem." -Brian Flick, Jazz Director KPBX-FM (Spokane, Washington)

"It's rhythmic and I like the words." -Ruth Pullen Ristich, age 88

"...a jazz vocalist of uncommon range and depth of feeling." -Boston Globe

"...the very finest jazz vocal interpretations...when she got her heart wrapped around Amazing Grace there were no word to describe the pure pleasure of listening to such a fine singer." -The Southern Oregon Traditional Jazz Society

"...intimate...hot...electric...sincere..." -Annalisa Scarpa/Nuova Venezia, Venice Italy

"She sings songs you may remember or you'll want to remember." -Jack Reilly, Ryles International Jazz Club, Cambridge, Massachusetts

"...[Ruthie was]...singing it so clearly that it curled the hair on the back of your neck." -Harry Schroeder/Island Life, Key West Florida

Carefully Taught CD

Audio clips and how-to purchase CD at CDBaby.

Ruthie Ristich Portrait

Jaime de la Noche
I interviewed Ruthie after her set at an outdoor music festival in North Idaho. It was midnight and we were skinny dipping in the river nearby.

JD: You do a lot of tunes about love. Where does that come from?

RR: It's where I always go. I love love songs. I have a great family, full of love and I'm passionate about people getting along, loving one another, living together. Couples, cities, countries, the world. Love songs are about
the smallest thing and the biggest.

JD: Can you believe this water temperature?

RR: Mmmmm. And there's Orion, and the Pleides. Man, I'm tellin' you. The stars in Idaho!

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