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Rubim de Toledo

- Bassist . Composer . Educator (www.rubim.com)

"Edmonton’s Rubim de Toledo has shown himself to be one of the most consistently inspired musical tailors in Alberta jazz" - Edmonton Journal (2017)


CD Releases
the Gap


The Gap (2017)




For free scores contact Rubim @



The BRidge Cover

The Bridge (2014)



the River

The River (2009)




Downloadable Songs

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Song Title  Album Style
1. Winter's Here the Bridge Modern Jazz Download Mp3  
2. The Bridge the Bridge Modern Jazz Download Mp3  
3. River's Edge the Bridge Acoustic Jazz Download Mp3  
4. Autumn Celeste the Bridge Modern Jazz Ballad Download Mp3  
5. Maidens the Bridge Modern Jazz Download Mp3  
6. Cuatro Caminos Cuatro Caminos (Bomba) Latin Jazz Download Mp3  
7. Bulla Entre Sol y Luz Latin Jazz Download Mp3  
8. Cannonball  the River Acoustic Jazz Download Mp3  Leadsheet
9. The River - Part 3 the River Modern Jazz Download Mp3
10. The One That Got Away  the River Modern Jazz Ballad Download Mp3
11. Sabes Que  Seu Swing Latin Download Mp3
12. Deeper Down Seu Swing Acoustic Jazz Download Mp3  Leadsheet
13. Plume In Charcoal and Crimson Nu-Jazz Download Mp3
14. Sirens In Charcoal and Crimson Nu-Jazz Download Mp3
15. Sonhos  In Charcoal and Crimson Nu-Jazz Download Mp3


Alberta 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 fifth and newest 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.


"Rubim de Toledo: a Canadian from Alberta, of Brazilian origin and a well-established musician. Like many modern improvisers, his influences are diverse; that said his music fits squarely into the Jazz mainstream. The first thing to grab me was his big rounded tone, gifting the tunes with a richness and beauty that captivated from start to finish. While most bass sits deep within the mix, de Toledo’s voice spoke clearly; not by overcrowding his band-mates nor by punching through the others as an electric bassist might, but because every musical utterance sounded right. His melodicism and clarity of ideas were enhanced by devices which I found appealing; his occasional and appropriate use of vibrato at the end of a line, sometimes, rarely, he combined this with a slight bending of the note. He is definitely a successor to the Evans trio model; a bassist who communicates as an equal." - Concert Review - John Fenton, Auckland, New Zealand (read more at jazzlocal32.com)

Edmonton’s Rubim de Toledo has shown himself to be one of the most consistently inspired musical tailors in Alberta jazz, an excellent, in-demand bassist, a gifted composer-arranger and a smart bandleader, too. - Edmonton Journal (2017)

"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 –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" - Legacy Magazine

"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" – Roger Levesque


Rubim de Toledo Trio - upcoming performance - CD Release October 14th @ Yardbird Suite, Edmonton 8pm.

Section Head / Bass - MacEwan University (www.macewan.ca)

Monunto West - Latin-Jazz

Invertigo Trio - Modern Jazz

Meta-Mofo - Afro-beat / Funk

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks - frequent Musical Director (www.decidedlyjazz.com)


Selected Performances (Upcoming)

Jan 25 - w Jeremiah McDade @ Yardbird Suite

Jan 26 - w Payback @ Rocky Mountain Icehouse

Jan 27 - w Sienna Dahien @ Yardbird Suite

Feb 11 - w Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra

Selected Performances (Past)

Dec 22 - w Payback @ Rocky Mountain Icehouse

Dec 16 - w Phil Dwyer @ JZZYYC (Calgary)

Dec 8/9 - MacEwan University Jazz Faculty Band @ Yardbird Suite

Dec 2 - w Penny Sanborn @ Blue Chair Cafe

Nov 24/25 - w Yardbird Suite All Stars 100th Birthday of Thelonious Monk @ Yardbird Suite

Nov 9 - Rubim de Toledo duo @ the Muttart Conservatory.

Nov 4 - w John Sweenie @ Yardbird Suite

Oct 26 - The Banff Mountain Project w Jack Wilkins and violinist Sara Caswell @ MacEwan University

Oct 22 - w Chris Andrew @ Jazz Reflections Otwell.

Oct 21 - w Johanna Sillanpaa @ Yardbird Suite

Oct 20 - U2/Police tribute w Payback @ Rocky Mountain Icehouse

Oct 14 - CD RELEASE CONCERT @ Yardbird Suite

Sept 22 - w Benny Sharoni @ Yardbird Suite

Sept 16 - w Penny Sanborn Edmonton Accordion Extravaganza, St. John's Cultural Centre

Sept 9 - Brazilfest (Calgary)

Sept 1 - @ Blue Chair w Allison Lynch

Aug 20 to 25 - MacEwan Summer Jazz Camp

Aug 17 to 27 - Chasing Willie @ Edmonton Fringe Festival

August 5th - w Meta Mofo (Calgary)

July 19 - Rubim de Toledo Trio @ the Creative Jazz CLub (Auckland, New Zealand)

July 1 - w Doug Organ Edmonton International Jazz Festival

June 30 - Rubim de Toledo Trio @ Edmonton Jazz Festival 12 nooon.

June 25 -w Chris Andrew @ Edmonton Jazz Festival. 10pm

June 24 - Rubim de Toledo Trio @ Edmonton Jazz Festival. 10pm

June 16 - w Jim Brenan Tentet. Calgary Jazz Festival

June 15 - w Allison Lynch. Cd Release Concert @ Festival Hall (Calgary)

May 24th w Rubim de Toledo w/ special guest Jason Marsalis @ Blue Chair

May 19 - w Fernanda Cunha @ Yardbird Suite

May 13 - w Dave Babcock @ Blue Chair

May 10th - Rubim de Toledo Trio (Polish Canadian Cultural Centre, Calgary)

April 20 - May 6th - Musical Director. Decidedly Jazz Danceworks' Modern Vaudevillians (Calgary)

Apr 8 - w Luis Bonilla and Montuno West - Jazzyyc (Calgary)

Mar 28 - Rubim de Toledo Trio @ Yardbird Suite

Mar 24 - 60th Anniversary Weekend @Yardbird Suite

Mar 18 - w Jim Brenan @ Cliff Bungalow (Calgary)

Feb 18 - w Meta Mofo @ Wine-Oh's (Calgary)

Feb 11-14 - Chasing Willie (Fort Edmonton Park)

Feb 10 - w Jerrold Dubyk, Latin-Jazz concert @ Yardbird Suite

Jan 20/21 - w Brad Turner, Tribute to Miles Davis. Birth of the Cool and Bitches Brew @ Yardbird Suite

Jan 15 - w the Jump Orchestra, Swing n' Skate @ City Hall. 1 to 4pm

Jan 5 - w Leesila Dawkins, Cd Release @ Blue Chair

Dec 3rd - w the Payback, Tribute to James Brown @ Rocky Mountain Icehouse

Nov 24 - w Chris Andrew @ Yardbird Suite

Nov 15 - w Tom Van Seters @ Yardbird Suite

Oct 22 w Mario Allende and Chris Andrew @ the Blue Chair

Oct 13 - w Dave Babcock @ Yardbird Suite

Oct 1 - w Meta Mofo @ Fallen Timber Meadery

Oct 1 - w Meta Mofo @ Culture in the Creek (Airdrie)

Sept 23 /24 - w D. D. Jackson@ Yardbird Suite

Sept 22 - w John Sweenie @ Nightjar Tavern

August 27 - Tribute to Stevie Wonder @Church of John (Edm)

August 15 to 19 - Instructor at the MacEwan University Summer Jazz Workshop

August 14 - w Meta Mofo @ Marda Gras

August 13 - w Meta Mofo @ taste of Calgary. 7pm

August 8 to 12 - Director of the MRU Summer Jazz Workshop.

August 5 - w Penny Sanborn in Revelstoke, BC

July 7 - w Jim Brenan and Raul Tabera @ Kawa. 8pm

July 21 to 23 - Musical Director for DSW's Dance Action Lab w Catherine Hayward @

May 27/28 - w Jeri Brown @ Yardbird Suite (Edmonton)

Apr 15 to 20 - w Terrell Stafford, Dick Oats, Luis Bonilla for CADME events @ Ironwood.

Apr 8 - w Maracujah @ the Needle (Edmonton)

Apr 7 - w Invertigo Trio @ Kawa

Mar 20 - w Evan Cribb - Northwest Calgary Jazz and Creative Music Society @ Triwood Community Association

Mar 8 - Women in Jazz Concert @ Lolita's

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

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

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

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

Jan 25 - w Montuno West @ U of C Monday Night Jazz SeriesDec 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

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