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February 7, 2009

Jazz Bassist Rubim de Toledo Releases CD

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz CD release, Canada

Rubim de Toledo The River

Rubim de Toledo
CD Release The River
Saturday, February 21 at 9:00pm
Beat Niq, Calgary

2009 a busy year for jazz musician

Bassist, composer and educator 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.

Rubim celebrates the release of his third solo album, The River, on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Beat Niq in Calgary. The concert will feature the all-star lineup of Alberta musicians that appears on the album, with Bob Tildesley (trumpet), Jim Brenan (saxophone), Chris Andrew (piano) and Tyler Hornby (drums). The River blends a contemporary approach to traditional Jazz with sparce Brazilian and Cuban elements.

The release is one of three great jazz projects to hit the market in 2009 that Rubim has helped to create. As founding member and bassist of the Latin-Jazz group Bomba, Rubim performed, recorded and co-mixed the group’s new album, Cuatro Caminos (2009), featuring Afro-Cuban icons Los Munequitos de Matanzas, and Chilean legends Inti-Illimani.

He also appears on the Brenan Brother’s new CD, The Throw Down. Led by Alberta’s twin jazz masters, Jim (saxophones) and Craig (trombone) Brenan, the album also features de Toledo (bass), Geoff Keezer (piano), Ralph Bowen (saxophone), Terell Stafford (trumpet) and Dana Hall (drums).

Originally written for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ production “In Tinge and Tone,” The River was first performed by the quintet live with the dance company in June of 2008 before heading into the studio in the fall. Rubim’s work with the dance company continues in 2009, with a recent run of DJD’s “Skyscraper,” featuring music by Rubim and fellow greats Jim Brenan (bass clarinet, saxophone) and Lyle Molzan (drums). The trio created a soundscape for the dance production that took place on six floors of Calgary’s Grain Exchange building and ended with a live set at Beat Niq jazz club for a full-bodied urban arts experience.

An in-demand educator, Rubim is an instructor for the Mount Royal College Credit Music Program, where he directors various student ensembles and teaches Jazz Improvisation. This year, Rubim, founded and directed the Sounds of Brazil Music Workshop 2008 in association with the Brazilian Association of Alberta.

for more info visit www.rubim.com

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