Date: January 28, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

See Blue Jersey Band in Concert
at the Ocean City Free Public Library!

January 28 2018


Blue Jersey Band plays swing, jazz, blues, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, something for everyone –  tunes from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s!

Frank Ruck, originally from the Jersey Shore area of NJ, started playing guitar at a young age but then went to Rowan University as a piano major.  In the 1980’s, he won the NJ Traditional Styles Guitar Championship two times and then he traveled to Winfield, Kansas to compete in the National Flatpicking Championship.  He took up mandolin at age 40 and has not stopped playing it since.  

Ellen Ruck started playing guitar at age 10.  She was a guitar teacher at age 16 for the Guitar Workshop in Roslyn, NY.  She has continued studying jazz styles at Ashokan Western & Swing Camp.  Over the years, she has also played classical recorder with several ensembles, taught guitar, and collaborated with Frank in several bands.  She is also the sound engineer for the band, as well as the band’s agent/manager.  

John Burton is a multi-instrumentalist with a wide variety of musical tastes and experiences.  He began as a drummer, taking many years of lessons.  Then he taught himself to play guitar, bass, and some piano, playing in bands in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A chance encounter with a singing teacher, turned into a 10-year career as a professional singer.  He left the opera world to start a family and has now returned to playing bass in Blue Jersey Band.

Ocean City Free Public Library♦1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, NJ♦
For more information, please call 609-399-2434 x5222 or email

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