Alan Rubin

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Alan Rubin
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Background information
Also known asMr. Fabulous
Born(1943-02-11)February 11, 1943
Brooklyn, New York City
DiedJune 8, 2011(2011-06-08) (aged 68)
Manhattan, New York City
Genres Blues, Jazz, R&B
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
Years active1959-2011
Associated acts The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live Band

Alan Rubin (February 11, 1943 – June 8, 2011), also known as Mr. Fabulous, was an American musician. He played trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet.

Trumpet musical instrument with the highest register in the brass family

A trumpet is a brass instrument commonly used in classical and jazz ensembles. The trumpet group contains the instruments with the highest register in the brass family. Trumpet-like instruments have historically been used as signaling devices in battle or hunting, with examples dating back to at least 1500 BC; they began to be used as musical instruments only in the late 14th or early 15th century. Trumpets are used in art music styles, for instance in orchestras, concert bands, and jazz ensembles, as well as in popular music. They are played by blowing air through nearly-closed lips, producing a "buzzing" sound that starts a standing wave vibration in the air column inside the instrument. Since the late 15th century they have primarily been constructed of brass tubing, usually bent twice into a rounded rectangular shape.

Flugelhorn Brass musical instrument

The flugelhorn is a brass instrument that is usually pitched in B but occasionally found in C. It resembles a trumpet, and the tube has the same length but a wider, conical bore. A type of valved bugle, the flugelhorn was developed in Germany from a traditional English valveless bugle, with the first version sold by Heinrich Stölzel in Berlin in 1828. The valved bugle provided Adolphe Sax with the inspiration for his B soprano (contralto) saxhorns, on which the modern-day flugelhorn is modeled.

Piccolo trumpet smallest member of the trumpet family of brass musical instruments

The smallest of the trumpet family is the piccolo trumpet, pitched one octave higher than the standard B trumpet. Most piccolo trumpets are built to play in either B or A, using a separate leadpipe for each key. The tubing in the B piccolo trumpet is one-half the length of that in a standard B trumpet. Piccolo trumpets in G, F, and even high C are also manufactured, but are rarer.


Rubin began attending Juilliard School of Music in New York when he was 17 and studied with William Vacchiano, who was principal trumpet in the New York Philharmonic. Vacchiano described Rubin as his best student. [1] While at Juilliard, Rubin was invited to play with Paul Hindemuth on his last concert tour of the U.S.A., but Rubin chose, instead, to play with Peggy Lee at the Village Vanguard. Rubin dropped out of Juilliard at 20 to tour with singer Robert Goulet as his lead trumpet player. [2] He was a member of the Saturday Night Live Band, with whom he played at the Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games. As a member of The Blues Brothers, he portrayed Mr. Fabulous in the 1980 film, the 1998 sequel and was a member of the touring band. The nickname "Mr Fabulous" was given to Rubin by John Belushi. [3]

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1996 Summer Olympics Games of the XXVI Olympiad, in Atlanta

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The Blues Brothers American blues and soul band

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Rubin played with an array of artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Duke Ellington, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Gil Evans, Eumir Deodato, Sting, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Frankie Valli, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Yoko Ono, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, and Dr. John. Rubin contributed to over 6000 recording sessions.

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Rubin's last performance was with The Blues Brotherhood (Blues Brothers tribute show) at B.B. King's in NYC on October 12, 2010. The performance also featured Tom "Bones" Malone and Lou "Blue Lou" Marini.

Rubin died from lung cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and he was cremated. Rubin is survived by his wife, Mary and two siblings, Sharyn Soleimani and Marshall Rubin.

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Saturday Night Live 1976-1984MusicianTrumpetMusic department
Saturday Night Live 1976-1982The Blues Brothers Band (uncredited)Trumpet
The Blues Brothers (film) 1980ActorMr. Fabulous
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