A Canadian of Brazilian descent, Rubim combines the influences of his cultural heritage, his passion for Cuban music, and his dedication to the jazz tradition to create a refreshing sound and to bring a rhythmic and conceptual depth to his bass playing. This keeps him a highly in- demand sideman for projects in any style and has also allowed him to nurture a fertile career as a bandleader.
With his latest release “The River” bassist and composer Rubim de Toledo distinguishes himself as a writer with a the unique ability to create material that is modern and sophisticated, yet accessible. His bass playing demonstrates the maturity of his approach and validates his reputation as a key musician in the Western Canadian music industry. The River is garnering great critical and popular acclaim including a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for “Best Jazz Album” of 2009 and a number 1 slot on the CKUA radio music charts.
Rubim is well known as bassist and a founding member of respected Latin-Jazz group Bomba and is currently performing with Latin-Jazz group Caravan. With Bomba, he has recorded four CDs and has toured extensively in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and South America. Caravan, working as a Bomba alias, continues this legacy.
In the last six years Rubim has been working extensively with Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. He has played bass for 9 productions and has acted as composer and musical director for In Charcoal and Crimson, Tinge and Tone, Skyscaper, Wiseapple and Wilds. Also, Rubim is the bass instructor and teaches Jazz Combo classes in the Mount Royal University Credit Music Department.