A native New Yorker, Ruthie as she is known to her friends, is an accomplished jazz vocalist with classic jazz sensibilities. She delivers soulful interpretations and clever phrasing with a silky smooth vocal quality. Her dead on improvisational skill and a natural sense of rhythm and timing draw people in at every performance. She holds a BA in Music from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Her debut CD, An Invitation, reveals new facets of familiar material and shines a radiant light on lesser known songs. Ruthie’s Latin heritage is celebrated with her arrangements of The Nearness of You, You Don’t Know What Love Is, and You Can’t Rush Spring. Her love of all things “Billie” is exquisitely shown in the ballads You’ve Changed, Good Morning Heartache, and Don’t Explain.