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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


DJD’s Better Get Hit in Your Soul conjures up erratic jazzman — warts and all – Calgary Herald, November 2013 by Stephen Hunt
All of it is delivered in a richly satisfying blend of recorded music and a live trio, led by DJD musical director Rubim di Toledo, that reinterprets Mingus’s compositions, transforming the Big Secret — which has been subtly redesigned by Scott Reid — into a 52nd Street jazz club, circa 1958.

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks takes to the streets for inspiration - Calgary Herald, April 2013 by Stephen Hunt

The band, led by Rubim de Toledo, conjures up one rich layer of funkified jazz after another throughout the night, and you’re liable to spontaneously shout out “Mojitos for all my friends! … de Toledo’s band shines  infusing C-Legs — and the rest of the show — with as much of a jazz club feel as a funkified one … After the break, de Toledo’s tunes blend beautifully with Begins’ projected images on Beat Driven Post Wonderment.

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)

Jan 30 - w Laila Biali @ Nation Music Centre

Feb 12 to 14 - Rhythm Body and Soul Festival @ MRU (Wright Theatre)

Feb 27 - w Bob Erlendson @ Lolita's

March 7th - Brazilian Carnaval Celebration w BCAAB @ Chinese Cultural Centre

March 14th - Meta Mofo @ Wine-Oh's

Mar 20 - w Jason Marsalis @ Yardbird Suite (Edm)

Mar 21 - w Jason Marsalis @ River Park Church

Mar 27 - w Jim Brenan @ Kawa

Selected Performances (Past)

Dec 10 - w Jim Brenan @ Paliser Hotel

Dec 12/13 - CD Release party @ Yardbird Suite (Edm)

Dec 31st - w Barry Shaw & Unique Soul @ the Banff Springs Hotel (Banff)

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

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

Oct 24 - w Jim Brenan @ Cornerstone Cafe

Oct 18 - w CPO and Mary Chapin Carpenter

Oct 4 - w Meta-Mofo @ Fallen Timber Meadery

Oct 3 - w Allison Lynch @ Lolita's

Oct 1 - w Jim Brenan @ Cliff Bungalow

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

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


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