Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, enjoy the music, refreshments, good company, and entertainment. Get up and dance if the music moves you! Or just sit back and enjoy.
“An accomplished guitarist." – Wall Street Journal
"Saul is a consummate musician, a person who is aware of the feelings of others and a person who is gentle in that sense. He is everything I could ask for in a band mate.”
“The great unsung hero of jazz guitar in New York City…an economy of notes and laxer-like purpose define Saul ‘Zeb’ Rubin.”
"Saul has it all together and is a positive force in the world of the guitar. He plays hip melodies, which he’s totally in touch with when improvising. His harmonies, both with his impeccable comping and chord soloing, employ refreshing voicings, and certainly keep the listener involved."
A mainstay on the New York jazz scene, Saul Zebulon Rubin graduated from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford CT, where he studied jazz with the legendary saxophonist Jackie McLean and saxophonist/arranger Paul Jeffrey, before moving back home to New York. Although his career has taken him around the world, he occupies a unique place in New York jazz as a musician, producer, impresario, and personality. A regular member (and chart writer) of Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, and for decades Rubin has shared the stage and studio with artists as diverse as Sonny Rollins, Kirk Lightsey, Jimmy Heath, Victor Lewis, Sullivan Fortner, Jonathan Batiste, Bob Cranshaw, Sammy Figueroa, Gregory Porter, John Hicks, Renee Fleming, John Hicks, Johnny O’Neal, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Winard Harper, Larry Willis, Thomas Chapin, Lew Soloff, and countless others.
Rubin is featured on Sonny Rollins’ Road Shows Vol. 4: Holding The Stage (where Rubin plays in duo with Sonny) plus his own The Saul Rubin Quartet (2004) featuring John Hicks, Gerald Cannon and Montez Coleman: The Zebtet (Red Records, 2015), featuring Stacy Dillard, Johnny O’Neal and Fabio Morgera. His latest album as a bandleader is aptly entitled Zeb’s House (2017), a tribute to the community of great artists, showcasing both his irrepressible sense of humor as well as his signature gritty, purposeful, urbane sensibility, throughout a mix of originals and standards. www.saulrubin.com
In 2010 he began curating a successful weekly jazz vocal series (hosting and accompanying such luminaries as Gregory Porter, Roseanna Vitro, Nancy Harms, Bob Dorough, Johnny O’Neal, Tessa Souter and Brianna Thomas). For three years he has produced the NYC Jazz Guitar Festival, showcasing some of the world’s best jazz guitarists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Peter Bernstein and Paul Bollenback.
He has performed at the Blue Note (Tokyo and New York), the Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Fat Cat, Smalls, Mezzrow, the Hollywood Bowl, and concert halls all over the world, including London, Vienna, Geneva, Barcelona, Paris, and Prague. For many years he managed Zeb’s, in a New York loft in Chelsea, a performance and production space where countless artists have since performed and recorded.
Saul Zebulon Rubin and the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio will be followed by an Open Mic.
The Music Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks. Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvanas, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad.
The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renown drummer/percussionist. He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few. Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room. Bassist Ratzo Harris is a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist who has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter. “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics).