Awards Received

Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies has been fortunate through the years to have received many awards.   We offer the following pictures from the Film, Arts, and Awards Picture archive of the Grand General Ryan J. Gould Library for your enjoyment.  We will add more pictures from the archive once they become available electronically.

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Shown in this photograph are several members of the Giant City Sextet performing at the Frankfurter Appreciation Society’s Annual Hot Dog Hat Wearer’s convention in Escondito, California, circa 2003. Pictured from left to right are: General Ryan J. Gould, Carlton Peupczhezk, Cocoa Bain, and Tartan Purry. As can be seen in the photograph, several of the Babies also perform in the Giant City Sextet. In celebration of their love for hot dogs, the Giant City Sextet band members have donned a delightful hat consisting of a luscious Oscar Meyer Jumbo sized frankfurter which has been prepared in an innovative combination Chicago and New York style, evidence of which can be seen in the photograph by the aesthetically sized frankfurter end skin splits. A glowing plentiful river of bright yellow Philadelphia mustard coats the frankfurter. A toasted, traditional, normally sized Mrs. Baird’s white bread bun cradles the frankfurter while still providing ample room for a healthy dose of pickle relish. This bold length mismatch of bun and frankfurter represents a unique and truly original American style that is not found elsewhere and was a customization performed at the specific request of the Giant City Sextet. The bun rests atop a bright red and white plaid checkerboard Versace French Beret, which is a stunning and absolutely ravishing merger of the Southern American Farming culture with the sophistication of the beautiful French Riveria.

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Aunt Ruby, in conjunction with the fabled movie production mecca of India, “Bali-wood”, produced this epic tale of international espionage, robin-hood thievery, and worn-torn lovers caught between their traditional upbringing and their dreams for a new society. Starring the illustrious Stanley Steamer Smith as “Jade Cooper”, this film traces Jade’s early roots as a part time New Delhi cat burglar and ambitious clarinetist/vocalist to his musical discovery by the Shah of Iran and his ultimate rise to dominance of the Indian Jewel and Antiquities markets, all the while using his honed musical and cat burglar skills to improve the societal conditions of women in India. This movie features impeccable direction by Lord Mondegreen and an unforgettable musical score by Professor Joseph Cordi. The breathtaking Himelayan, Andes, and Grand Canyon film sequences have been the subject of numerous photographic journals and were filmed at great personal risk by Tartan Purry. National Geographic has employed this footage from the movie to aide in their cartographic efforts of these regions. Although it was officially banned by all Southeast Asian governments, this film enjoys a high popularity among females in the Southeast Asia black market.

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This clever Jazz Babies Kit variation of Tandy Corporations’ Armatron mechanical arm was marketed extensively by the Tandy Corporation during the early 1980’s in Germany and Finland. Radio Free Europe officials reportedly transferred thousands of these toys to youth in Eastern Bloc countries via secret tunnels carved by children under the Berlin Wall. This fine example of American engineering, complete with the ingenious marketing and role-playing inspiration provided by the Babies (in the picture, note the Frank Lee Devine nametag and moustache worn by the youth on the left), played a significant yet unspoken role in the mental development of Eastern Bloc youth who later matured and acted to invoke democratic reforms across Europe. The Babies received a letter of gratitude from the Queen of England for their efforts on this project.

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This rare photograph of the infamous international playboy and jewel thief, Stanley Steamer Smith, was taken in a private room of the Great Hall of the People nestled deep in the heart of the Republic of the Congo immediately after an official presentation of the Congolese Medal of the Grand Elephant. Stanley is pictured with dignitaries from other African Continent nations whose identities have been purposely obscured in this photograph for reasons of National Security. Interpol representatives believe that the Medal of the Grand Elephant recipient may be one of Stanley’s childhood friends and this chance encounter the possible moment in time when, fresh from the act, Stanley reportedly transferred ownership of certain jewels for export through the greater African diamond mining industry. However, Interpol has been unable to produce any evidence to support their claim against the talented Stanley Steamer Smith.

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After their contract negotiations with Mark Hamil reached an impasse, The Kenner Corporation sought Professor Joseph Cordi’s employment in order to market certain Star Wars toys and other paraphernalia due to his close personal resemblance to that of Mark Hamil. As a Texan, Professor Cordi was not subject to the California Actor’s Guild operating constraints and was able to provide the Kenner Corporation with a pragmatic negotiating viewpoint which the Kenner Corporation respected and admired. When news of Kenner’s agreement with Professor Cordi reached George Lucas, lawsuits ensued and ultimately Professor Joseph Cordi’s image was not used by the Kenner Corporation. However, this event marked the first recorded instance of Hollywood’s outsourcing of talent to Austin and has played a pivotal role in the development of Austin’s Film and Movie industry, of which Professor Cordi is an integral part. This photograph has never before been published.

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Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies thoroughly enjoyed playing for the private parties of the great world champion wrestler Andre the Giant at his private North Carolina ranch. These parties were a source of genuine entertainment for all involved and Andre was always full of surprises. The Babies recall the first party when Andre challenged party goers to engage in an all-you-can-eat contest. After all of the party goers failed to match Andre, Andre turned his focus to the Babies. The Babies proved an unsuspecting and formidable challenge to Andre and he was impressed by their natural debonair detachment when tasked with eating great quantities of food. Andre is rumored to have said that he loves the Babies for the spirit they impart into their music. The Babies indicate that in this photograph, Andre is joyous that Frank Lee Devine was able to consume as many quarts of gumbo as Andre in under three minutes.

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