assist Ruth Davies has been an integral faculty member and Festival artist at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for over 15 years. With a huge bass sound and a warm heart, Ruth is a favorite among SJW students. When she’s not recording or touring, Ruth devotes much of her time to teaching, not only at SJW, but also with the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures In Music program, SFJAZZ’s Jazz In Session program, and Pamela Rose’s projects bringing historical women blues and jazz composers and artists to audiences around the country.
The list of artists Ruth has toured and recorded with reads like a Who’s Who of blues and jazz, including Charles Brown, Elvin Bishop, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Linda Tillery, Barbara Dane, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Elvis Costello, Eric Bibb, Keb’ Mo’, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Little Jimmy Scott.
Ruth’s discography includes several Platinum and Grammy-winning recordings, and covers jazz, blues, and movie soundtracks. She has recorded with Charles Brown, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Sammy Hagar, Clark Terry, Vassar Clements, Toots Thielemans, Ernie Watts, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Clairdee, Tammy Hall, Jackie Ryan, Pamela Rose, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others.