|Birth name||Ralph Earl Sutton|
|Born||November 4, 1922|
Hamburg, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||December 30, 2001 (aged 79)|
|Associated acts||Bob Scobey|
Sutton had a stint as a session musician with Jack Teagarden's band before joining the US Army during World War II. After the war, he played at various venues in Missouri, eventually ending up at Eddie Condon's club in Greenwich Village. In 1956, he relocated to San Francisco, California, where he recorded several albums with Bob Scobey's dixieland band. From the 1960s onward, he worked mostly on his own. However, when the World's Greatest Jazz Band was established in 1968, he was the natural choice for piano. He left that band in 1974 due to the extensive travel involved, and joined an old sidekick, Peanuts Hucko, in a quartet in Denver, near his home in Evergreen, Colorado.:1–4, 133, 202
Fellow jazz pianist Jess Stacy said this about Ralph Sutton: "He is a superb piano player and a great guy. There's nothing upstage about him. I really admire the way he plays. He's one of the few piano players who uses both hands, and it's sure nice to know that a player like Ralph is still around. I can't say enough good things about him. He's one of the greats, and I hope he gets the recognition he deserves.":180
- Piano Solos in the Classic Jazz Tradition (Riverside, 1949, 1952)
- Piano Moods (Columbia Records), 1950
- Backroom Piano (Down Home, 1955)
- Wondrous Piano, the Private Family Recordings, (Arbors, 1961)
- Ragtime U.S.A. (Roulette, 1963)
- Off the Cuff (Audiophile, 1976 )
- Ralph Sutton – Live (Flyright, 1978)
- Ralph Sutton at St. George Church, England (Arbors, 1992)
- Ralph Sutton at Maybeck (Concord, 1993)
- The Joint is Jumpin': the Music of Fats Waller (Sackville 1999 , with Bob Barnard)
With Ruby Braff
- Remembered (Arbors)
- Ralph Suttom & Ruby Braff 1980 (Chaz Jazz Records inc.) CJ101
- Ralph Suttom & Ruby Braff 1980 (Chaz Jazz Records inc.) CJ102
With Dick Cary
- Rendezvous at Sunnie's 1969 (Arbors)
With Kenny Davern
- Ralph Sutton and Kenny Davern Vol. I 1980 (Chaz Jazz Records inc.) CJ105
- Ralph Sutton and Kenny Davern Vol. II 1980 (Chaz Jazz Records inc.) CJ106
With Jay McShann
- Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players (Chaz Jazz, 1980) - originally released on 2 LPs as The Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players: Two Pianos Vol. I & Vol. II
- Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players (Chiaroscuro, 1989)
With Johnny Varro
- *A Pair of Kings (Arbors)
- "Famous Jazz Pianist Raises Funds to Refinish Piano". Ukiah Daily Journal. January 1, 1999. p. 5. Retrieved December 29, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Barbara Sutton Curtis" Ukiah Daily Journal (November 24, 2019).
- Shacter, James D. (1975). Piano Man: The Story of Ralph Sutton. Chicago: Jaynar Press. ASIN B0006CEQ3Y.
- Martin, Douglas (January 1, 2002). "Ralph Sutton, 79, the Pianist Known as the Master of Stride". The New York Times.