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
- Current Musical Director of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
The Bridge (2014)
The River (2009)
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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.
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 ...
Light-hearted Dancers in Love gets the party started from Calgary Herald, April 2013 by Stephen Hunt
CD Review from CKUA website, March 2009 by
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, 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.
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.
July 17 - w Pana Band @ Fiestival
August 1 - w Meta Mofo @ Sunfest
August 9 - Rubim de Toledo Brazilian-Jazz Project @ Inglewood Mardi Gras
August 10 to 14 - Director of the Mount Royal Conservatory Summer Jazz Workshop
August 28/29 - w Beth Arrison @ Bear's Den
Sept 12 - w Rubim de Toledo Brazilian-Jazz Project @ Brazilfest
Sept 26 - w Meta Mofo (Ardrie)
Selected Performances (Past)
July 1 - w Maracujah @ Legislative Grounds (Edmonton)
June 27 - w Meta Mofo @ Ramsey Rocks
June 21 - w Jeff McGregor @ Hose and Hound Pub
June 19 - Andre Wickenheiser's Art Blakey Tribute @ Lolita's (Calgary Jazz Festival)
June 18 - w Don Berner @ Lolita's (Calgary Jazz Festival)
June 4 - Montuno West @ Fratters (Red Deer)
May 31 - Meta-Mofo @ Lilac Festival 4:45pm. 23ave stage
May 30 - Tyler Hornby CD Release at Nation Music Centre
May 22 - Lolita's w Montuno West
May 6 - Rubim de Toledo Quartet @ Cliff Bungalow Jazz Series
Apr 24 to May 2 - Musical Director w DJD's Ziriguidum (The Grande Theatre)
Apr 16 - Invertigo Trio @ Kawa
Apr 1 - Cliff Bungalow Jazz series w Ralf Buschmeyer
Mar 21 - w Jason Marsalis @ River Park Church
Mar 20 - w Jason Marsalis @ Yardbird Suite (Edm)
March 14th - Meta Mofo @ Wine-Oh's
March 7th - Brazilian Carnaval Celebration w BCAAB @ Chinese Cultural Centre
Feb 27 - w Bob Erlendson @ Lolita's
Feb 12 to 14 - Rhythm Body and Soul Festival @ MRU (Wright Theatre)
Jan 30 - w Laila Biali @ Nation Music Centre
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 18 - w CPO and Mary Chapin Carpenter
Oct 4 - w Meta-Mofo @ Fallen Timber Meadery
Oct 3 - w Allison Lynch @ Lolita's
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
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