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, 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.
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.
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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