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Rubim de Toledo

- 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)

- Director of the Mount Royal University Summer School of Rock (www.mtroyal.ca)


Rubim de Toledo Quintet - Modern/Original Acoustic Jazz

Rubim de Toledo Brazilian Project featuring vocalist Allison Lynch - Braziian music and Bossa Nova

Montuno West - Original Instrumental Cuban Music Quartet

Invertigo Trio - Modern Jazz Sax, Bass, Drum Trio

Meta-Mofo - Eight Piece Afrobeat, Reggae and Funk Dance Band

Corporate functions - As a band leader Rubim has experience leading instrumental and vocal, Jazz and Latin ensembles from Dou to Big Bands. email to inquire: info@rubim.com

Latest Releases

The Bridge (2014)

The BRidge Cover




The River  (2009)






(To download files, please RIGHT click (Mac: Option click) on the link and click 'Save Target As...')

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 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, 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.



Calgarian 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 traditionalism, Rubim nurtures a commanding sound and style as a bassist, soloist and composer.

Rubim began his professional career in Edmonton at the age of seventeen performing with Albertan Jazz legends, Tommy Banks, PJ Perry and Clarence “Big” Miller.  Since then he has become a sought-after sideman and a productive bandleader.  In 2007, Rubim moved to Calgary where he has become a mainstay in the Calgary music scene.

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 considerable 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.

Recently Rubim has been working extensively as musical director with Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks where he has acted as musical director and composer for ten major projects.  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 25 - w Montuno West @ U of C Monday Night Jazz Series

Feb 12 - Rhythm, Body, Soul Tap Festival. Musical Director @ MRU

Feb 20 - w Andre Wickenheiser @ Kawa Jam. 3pm

Feb 20 - w Meta-Mofo @ Wine oh's

Mar 5th - w Brazilian Comunity Association of Alberta Carnaval @ Chinese Cultural Sentre


Selected Performances (Past)

Dec 31 - w Bayy Shaw @ Banf Springs Hotel

Dec 29 - Invertigo Trio @ Buck House Party Concert

Dec 5 - Rubim de Toledo Trio hosts Kawa Jazz Jam. 3-6pm

Nov 15 - w Penny Sanborn @ the JAZZYYC Jazzwalk

Nov 14 - Luis Armstrong Tribute w Joel Gray @ Ranchman's CLub

Nov 7/8 - Bass Clinician @ Vic Lewis (Canmore)

Oct 23 - w John Stetch and the Invertigo Trio @ NMC

Oct 17 - w Christine Jenson @ NMC

Sept 26 - w Meta Mofo (Ardrie)

Sept 12 - w Rubim de Toledo Brazilian-Jazz Project @ Brazilfest

Sept 10 - w Invertigo Trio @ Kawa

August 25 - w CCAE @ Steven Avenue - 12pm

August 29 - w Oliver Miquel @ Expo Latino

August 15 - Rubim de Toledo Brazilian Project @ Fiestaval (Red Deer)

August 12 - w Penny Sanborn @ Heritage Park

August 10 to 14 - Director of the Mount Royal Conservatory Summer Jazz Workshop

August 9 - Rubim de Toledo Brazilian-Jazz Project @ Inglewood Mardi Gras

August 1 - w Meta Mofo @ Sunfest

July 17 - w Pana Band @ Fiestival

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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