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Rubim de Toledo

- Jazz Artist . Bassist . Composer . Educator (www.rubim.com)

- Artistic Director for the JAZZYYC Youth Lab Band (www.jazzyyc.com)

- Director of the Mount Royal University Summer Jazz Camp (www.mtroyal.ca)

- Current Musical Director of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (www.decidedlyjazz.com)

Latest Releases

The Bridge (2014)


The BRidge Cover




The River  (2009)







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Song Title  Album Style
1. Cannonball  the River Acoustic Jazz Streaming MP3  Leadsheet
2. The River - Part 3 the River Modern Jazz Streaming Mp3
3. The One That Got Away  the River Modern Jazz Ballad Streaming Mp3
4. The Winter Samba  the River Acoustic Latin-Jazz Streaming Mp3
5. Sabes Que  Seu Swing Latin-Jazz Download Mp3
6. Run, Abigail  Seu Swing Bossa Nova Download Mp3
7. Deeper Down Seu Swing Acoustic Jazz Download Mp3  Leadsheet
8. Plume In Charcoal and Crimson Nu-Jazz Download Mp3
9. Sirens In Charcoal and Crimson Nu-Jazz Download Mp3
10. Sonhos  In Charcoal and Crimson Nu-Jazz Download Mp3


CD Review from Legacy Magazine, Winter 2009 by Ron Chalmers
Bassist and composer Rubim de Toledo must be one of Alberta’s busiest and most accomplished musicians ...
De Toledo fuses the rhythmic styles of Latin American music and post-war American jazz evoking, Heitor Villa-Lobos, contemporary salsa, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane – while achieving something entirely fresh ...
(jazz scene) abounds in performers with virtuosic technique. The eternal challenge is to innovative material that is thoughtful, challenging, accessible, listenable and enjoyable. Rubim de Toledo’s The River is all of that.

On Dance, Creativity and Corporate Teamwork from See magazine, Feb 2010 by Kathleen Bell
... by simply listening to Toledo’s most recent album, the River, you start to understand the importance of that dynamic (teamwork, flexibility and creativity). It’s not about showing off, but creating a seamless dance from idea to idea, measure to measure, note to note.

Inspiration Flowed from Flood from the Edmonton Journal, April 2009 by Roger Levesque
... all of that made The River one of the finest Jazz albums of the year ...

CD Review from CKUA website, March 2009 by Roger Levesque
It knocks me out, first for how de Toledo's writing and arranging sets up tasty harmonies, then for the depth of intuitive playing and the excellent sound that captures it, and finally for some intangible element we'll just call soul.
The obvious familiarity between bassist de Toledo, trumpeter Bob Tildesley, reedman Jim Brennan, pianist Chris Andrew and drummer Tyler Hornby certainly adds to the effortless quality of the performances but I suspect the experience of playing for dancers also helped inspire their buoyant spirits. When he solos you can feel de Toledo tip-toeing or springing around on those strings and the exchanges between them all conjure up even more mental imagery.

Light-hearted Dancers in Love gets the party started from Calgary Herald, April 2013 by Stephen Hunt
... in Blue Haze, the full company, dressed in Paul Lavigne’s original black and white costumes, conjure up the jazz era of 1950s New York, with a fat, meaty bass lick laid down by Rubim de Toledo.

2009 a busy year for jazz Musician from Jazz Elements website, Feb 2009 by Cindy McLeod
Rubim de Toledo is one of the most sought-after studio and performing artists on Alberta’s jazz scene. The versatile bassist is also considered a Brazilian / Cuban master, and is active on the Rock, R&B and Folk scenes ... The release (The River) is one of three great jazz projects to hit the market in 2009 that Rubim has helped to create all three.



Calgaryian bassist and composer, Rubim de Toledo, combines the influences of his Brazilian heritage and his dedication to the jazz tradition, to create an approach to music that is refreshing and uplifting.  Boasting a diverse rhythmic palette, a lure towards improvisation and a forward-looking tradionalism, Rubim nurtures a commanding sound and style as a bandleader, soloist and sideman.

With his fourth and newest release, “The Bridge,” Rubim distinguishes himself as a composer with a unique ability to cross genres while maintaining a sound that is modern yet inviting.  Featuring internationally renowned trumpeter Sean Jones and an all-star Albertan lineup, the disc boasts lush arrangements embellished by compelling solo improvisations.

His third release,” The River,” garnered great critical and popular acclaim, including a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for “Best Jazz Album” of 2009.  Its opening track was selected as CBC radio's Tonic theme song and the album placed in the top ten of Canadian college and public radio charts extensively.

Since 2007, Rubim has been working extensively as musical director with Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.  He is a passionate music educator and the director of the Mount Royal University Summer Jazz Camp and the director of the JAZZYYC Lab Youth Band.


Selected Performances (Upcoming)

Sept 19 - the Bridge CD release party / Tribute to Bitches Brew @ Festival Hall

Oct 1 - w Jim Brenan @ Cliff Bungalow

Oct 3 - w Allison Lynch @ Lolita's

Oct 4 - w Meta-Mofo @ Fallen Timber Meadery

Oct 18 - w CPO and Mary Chapin Carpenter

Oct 24 - w Jim Brenan @ Cornerstone Cafe

Oct 25 - w Meta-Mofo @ Wine-Oh's

Nov 7-16 - Musical Director w Decidedly Jazz Danceworks @ The Grand Theatre (Year of the Horse)

Selected Performances (Past)

Sept 6 - Rubim de Toledo Brazil Project @ BCAAB Brazilfest

Sept 5 - w Jeff Hendrick @ Lolita's

August 17 - Taste of Calgary w Meta-Mofo

August 11 to 15 - Mount Royal University Summer Jazz Workshop (Director)

August 8 - w Jeff McGregor @ Kawa

August 5 - w Lorna MacLachlan @ Central Memorial Park

August 4 - w Penny Sanborn @ Heritage Park

July 16 - Rubim de Toledo dou @ the Oakroom

July 17 - w Maracujah @ Taste of Edmonton

June 28 - w Jon Day Trio @ Lolita's

June 26 - w Invertigo Trio @ Lolita's

May 10 to 18 - Jazz music workshop in Crato, Ceara, Brazil.

May 14 - Jazz music workshop at Universidade Federal do Cariri, Juazeiro do Norte, CE, Brazil.

June 1 - Jazz music workshop Centro Rio de Janiero, Ceara, Brazil.

June 22 - Jazz bass workshop in Cubatao, SP, Brazil.

May 3 - w Dick Oats @ Ironwood

May 2 - w Meta-Mofo @ Wine-oh's

April 30 - w Jon McCaslin @ NMC (International Jazz Day)

April 28 - w Jon McCaslin @ UofC Monday night Jazz series

April 26 - LATIN-JAZZ MUSIC WORKSHOP @ Mount Royal University call 403.440.6821 for more info. 10am-3:30pm

April 12 - w Metamofo @ Decidedly Jazz Danceworks' Possessed Fundreaiser

Mar 28 - April 6 - Decidedly Jazz Danceworks' Dancers in Love @ Grand Theatre

Mar 21 - Montuno West @ Lolita's

Feb 28 - w Carsten Rubeling @ Lolita's

Feb 5 to 7 - Jazzworks Band Festival in Edmonton (Guest Adjudicator)

Jan 18 - w Jim Brenan @ NMC special guest Dana Hall

Nov 1 to 3 - Vic Lewis Band Festival

Oct 12 - w Metamofo @ Wine Oh's

Oct 11 - w Hendrik Meurkens @ Yardbird Suite

October 4 - WCMA Awards w Jon McCaslin

Sept 12 to 19 - Rostov Jazz Festical, Russia

Sept 4 - w Tyler Hornby @ Cliff Bungalow

August 12 to 16 - Mount Royal University Summer Jazz Workshop (Director)

July 21 - w Jens Linderman @ the Banff Centre for the Arts

May 5th - Jazz YYC presnts Montuno West w special guest Luis Bonilla (Wine Oh's)

May 3rd to 7th - w Luis Bonilla and CADME

April 21 - Pro Musica: From Blue to Red (Roza Centre. UofC)

April 20 - Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble

April 17 - Wine OH's Jazz Jam

April 5th to 14th - Musical Director w Decidedly Jazz Danceworks' TURN UP THE GET DOWN production

March 17 - w Fraser Calhoun featuring Mulgrew Miller @ Yardbird Suite

March 16 - w Fraser Calhoun featuring Mulgrew Miller @ River Park Church

March 2 - Brazilian Carnival in Calgary

Feb 22/23 - with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Tribute to Nat King Cole

Feb 10 - w reClaim collective @ Coup/Meet

Feb 9 - w Dave Babcock @ Blue chair in Edmonton

Feb 8 - w Brenan Brothers @ Yardbird Suite in Edmonton

Feb 1/2 - w Tyler Hornby, Ingred Jenson and David Braid @ National Music Centre

Jan 26 - w Ralph Bowen @ NMC

Jan 19 - w Don Berner (Edmonton)

Jan 13 - w Carsten Rubeling @ COUP

Jan 11/12 - w Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Jan 9 - Mount Royal Jazz Faculty @ Cliff Bungalow Jazz Series

Jan 4 - Ascend 3 Trio @ Costello's

Nov 23 - Jim Brenan CD Release Party @ NMC

Nov 3&4 - Clinician at Vic Lewis Music Festival (Canmore)

Oct 28 - Rubim de Toledo Brazilian Project @ Brazilfest Calgary

Oct 26 - w Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble w Sean Jones

Oct 20 - Invertigo Trio @ Belfry

Oct 6 - w Tom Van Seters

Oct 5 - w Doug Berner @ Yardbird Suite

Oct 3 - Rubim de Toledo hosts Wine Oh's Jazz Jam

Oct 1 - Parker w Strings @ UofC Monday Night Jazz Series

Sept 11 to 30 - Next to Normal w Theatre Calgary

Sept 6 - w Ralf Buschmeyer @ KAWA

Sept 5 - Ascend 3 @ Cliff-Bungalow Jazz Series

Aug 30 - Rubim de Toledo Quartet @ KAWA

August 31 - Caravan @ Wine Oh's

August 13 to 17 - Director of the Mount Royal Summer Jazz Workshop

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