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Born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1966 to parents of Spanish/Italian acestry. Emigrated to Washington Heights, New York City in 1968. Raised in New York City and central New Jersey. Graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High School in 1985 and in 1989, from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, double majoring in English and Sociology. Lived in the Republique neighborhood of Paris, France in 1991, after running with the bulls in Pamplona Spain. He is the uncle of violin prodigy Jasper Rogal.
Studied upright bass, jazz and composition under German composer Christian Fabian, veteran of the Lionel Hampton Big Band. Fabian would eventually play bass on the first two Ruby studio albums and serve as their Producer.
As a singer/musician, is best known for hiring the Harlem Gospel Choir to perform his composition Mass for Mankind (Gloria Culpa) on his press kit and turning it into the feature film, Whatever Happened to Roland Ruby? A Docudramedy Featuring the 9 Selfish Acts of Nazzy the Nosey Kitty, which stars a cat puppet, played by Norma Dunkelberger. It also features actors Brad Thomason, Kelly Danger, Amanda Romeo and comic Chris Calogero. The film, which spoofs the music industry, was packaged with the second studio album, First Kisses and Final Requests. Debut CD Todavia Nos Queremos features all lyrics in Spanish.
On studio albums, writes and performs songs in Spanish, English, French and even the ancient Latin. When performing live with the Roland Ruby Orchestra, sings and plays upright bass, guitar or piano. In the studio, usually only sings and plays guitar. According to IMDB, current work in progress is "The Return of the Jersey Devil, A Roland Ruby Musical." Is represented by ASCAP.
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- Hudson Reporter ‘Sopranos’ actors film in Hoboken TV pilot shoots at Pigeon Club Studio by Amanda Palasciano Reporter staff writer Sep 23, 2012 "Longtime Hoboken resident Roland Ruby has teamed up with some familiar faces from “The Sopranos” and other mob films and TV shows for his TV pilot “Damn You Roland Ruby,” filmed in Hoboken last week. Ruby is an American composer, lyricist, and playwright who has spent the last two decades living in Hoboken (first on Hudson Street and then on Adams Street). Born in South America, Ruby has run with the bulls in Pamplona and lived in Paris. “Damn You Roland Ruby” follows a day in the life of down-on-his-luck recording artist Roland Ruby and many quirky characters, including a flaky ex-girlfriend, a mob boss and his sidekicks, and a couple of former feds."