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BIOGRAPHY

Canadian 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 inspired by world music, jazz, and contemporary music, 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. 

With his award winning fifth release, “The Gap,” Rubim distinguishes himself as a composer with a unique ability to explore jazz styles while maintaining a sound that is modern yet inviting.  Featuring internationally renowned drummer Jason Marsalis on half the record, and Albertan mainstay Jon McCaslin on the other, along with pianist Chris Andrew, the disc boasts inventive acoustic jazz trio arrangements embellished by compelling solo improvisations.

Rubim has worked extensively as musical director with Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.  He is a passionate music educator and serves as the section head of the bass department at MacEwan University.

In 2018, Rubim won the Western Canadian Music Award for Jazz Artist of Year and was nominated for a 2018 Edmonton Music Award.

Selected Performances (Other)

  • Performed and/or recorded with international jazz artists such as Bob Mintzer, D.D. Jackson, JackWilkins, Vince Mendoza, Mulgrew Miller, Wayne Bergeron, Terrell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Wycliffe Gordan, Peter Bernstein, Sean Jones, Jason Marsalis, D.D. Bridgewater, Luis Bonilla, Victor Goines, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Tomas Chapin, Ralph Bowen, Gary Smulyan, Peggy Stern, Dave Mancini,Geoff Keezer, Dana Hall, The Spin Quartet, Hendrik Meurkens, John Riley, Oliver Jones, Ross Taggart, Phil Dwyer, Mark Kelso, Brad Turner, Hugh Fraser, David Braid, John Stetch, Ingrid Jenson, Christine Jensen, Sienna Dahien, the Doxas Brothers, Denzel Sinclair, PJ Perry, Tommy Banks, Cambell Riga, Clarence “Big” Miller, Gary Guthman, Gordon Gordina, the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble, the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Canadian Tenors, Laila Biali, Misha, Jens Linderman, the Legendary Platters, Jakie Richardson, Ellen McilWaine, Fernanda Cunha, Eliana Cuevas, Telmary, Inti Illimani, Oscar Valdez of Irakere, Oscar Lopez, Maren Ord, Eduardo Mendoza, Jose Seves, Rita Chiarelli, Rachelle Risling, Jack Semple, Alfie Zappacosta, Bomba, Ballroom with a Twist: The Dance Extravaganza, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Calgary Wordfest, and Theatre Calgary.

Selected Discography

  • The Gap (Rubim de Toledo) - WCMA AWARD WINNER / EDMONTON MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE leader/musician/producer/mixing/mastering
  • The Bridge (Rubim de Toledo) leader/musician/producer/mixing/mastering
  • The River (Rubim de Toledo) - WCMA Nominee leader/musician/producer/mixing/mastering
  • Seu Swing (Rubim de Toledo ) leader/musician/producer/mixing/mastering
  • In Charcoal and Crimson (Rubim de Toledo) leader/musician/producer/mixing/mastering
  • Skin and Flame (Alltson Lynch) - CALGARY MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE Nominee musician/producer
  • reClaim Volume 1 (reClaim) leader/musician/producer/mixing/mastering
  • reClaim Volume 2 (reClaim) leader/musician/producer/mixing/mastering
  • Cuatro Caminos (Bomba) musician/mixing/mastering
  • Entre Sol y Luz (Bomba) - WCMA Nominee
  • Lo Que Bomba Te Da (Bomba) musician/mixing/mastering
  • A Mi Me Gusta (Bomba) musician/producer/mixing
  • The Throw Down (Brenan Brothers) - WCMA Nominee
  • January (Jim Brenan) - WCMA Winner musician/mixing/mastering
  • Spectre (Jim Brenan)
  • Mirror Suite (Penny Sanborn) musician/mixing/mastering
  • More Rocky Mountain Fairy Tales (Sam Whelan)
  • From Blue to Red (Storyfair productions)
  • Launch (Tyler Hornby)
  • Passages (Sandro Dominelli)
  • the D.A.D.s Trio (de Toledo, Andrew, Dominelli)
  • Sounds of Brazil (de Toledo, Andrew, Dominelli) musician/mixing
  • Jump To It (Dave Babcock)
  • Dreamer's Lounge (Leesila Dawkins)
  • Up All Night (Peter Manley)
  • Willow Brocke (Willow Brocke)
  • Fortress of Solitude (Don Berner)
  • Home Town Riot (Develsplender)
  • Hiding from the Cold (Devilsplender)
  • Modest Charms (Beth Arrison)
  • Seemore (Christian Mena) musician/mixing
  • Bleach Bone Choir (BBC)
  • Madame (Madame)
  • Flow (Flow - Attack Records)
  • Sextet (Don Berner)
  • Ai (Tim Tamashiro)
  • Maracujah (Maracujah)
  • All in Time (Rachelle Risling)
  • Beyond the Dover (Susan Weatley)
  • Andrew / Berner Quartet (Andrew / Berner)
  • Prequel (Prequel) Mixing/Mastering
  • Truth be Told (Chris Andrew) Mixing Engineer
  • Not so Fast (Chris Andrew) Recording and Mixing Engineer
  • Live at the Winspear Centre (Victoria School) Recording, Mixing, and Mastering
  • Compilations: Diasporama - Chilenos en Canada | Made in Alberta - Alberta Foundations for the Arts (2009) | Made in Alberta - Alberta Foundations for the Arts (2004) | Coming Home - Grant MacEwan College (2004) | Beat Niq Compilation (Various)



 

 

 

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