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.
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