born on 4/11/1922 in Hamburg, MO, United States
died on 29/12/2001 in Evergreen, CO, United States
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.
He died in 2001 and was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame the following year. Sutton died in Evergreen, Colorado.
- Backroom piano Piano solos (( Columbia Records 33CX 10061 Clef series))Unknown date
- Piano Solos In The Classic Jazz Tradition (Riverside Records, 1949 & 1952)
- Wondrous Piano, The Private Family Recordings, (Arbors Records, 1961)*Ralph Sutton at St. George Church, England (Arbors Records, 1992)
- Ralph Sutton "off the cuff" Audiophile AP-163 Recorded April 17, 1976
With Johnny Varro
- A Pair of Kings (Arbors Records)
With Ruby Braff
- Remembered (Arbors Records)
With Dick Cary
- Rendezvous at Sunnie's 1969 (Arbors Records)
- Sadler, Jack. Ralph Sutton. [Montréal, Qué.: Montréal Vintage Music Society], 1977. N.B.: Consists of a chronology of Sutton's career and a discography of his recordings.