Jazz Pianist, Educator, and Hear and Play Music, Inc. Recording Artist, James Wrubel
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Mr. Wrubel has been lucky enough to play wtih some of the finest musicians at the finest venues in the world. Please see below for more information regarding his instruction background and public appearances:

Mr. Wrubel has appeared with Brian Lynch, the late Jon Stubblefield, Leslie Drayton, Keith Fiddmont, the late Ronald Muldrow, Tim Green, Bijon Watson, Gilbert Castellanos, Kim Richmond, Roger Cairns, Matt Roberts, Nedra Wheeler, Edwin Livingston, Raymond Pounds, Del Atkins, Lyndon Rochelle, Keita Akutsu, Yoron Israel, Eddie Palmieri, Arturo O'Farrill, Conrad Herwig, Jimmy Bosch, Bobby Sanabria, Jose Madera, Los Fakires, Graham Collier, George Lewis, Don Glasgo, and many more!

Onstage: UCLA's Royce Hall, The Jazz Bakery, Catalina's Bar and Grill, Lebanon Opera House

Fine hotels: Ritz Carlton Santa Barbara, Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Maui, Hotel Casa Del Mar, Shutters on the Beach, The Grand Californian (Disneyland), The Millenium Biltmore

Festivals: R.K. Downs Jazz Festival, Newport, RI, Williams Jazz Festival, Diablo Valley Jazz Festival

Big Band Experience: Dirk Fisher Big Band, Rory Snyder’s The Night Jazz Band, Dartmouth College, Santa Monica College, Ventura College, offered the chair for the 2007-2008 world tour for the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Clinician: Ventura College, Santa Monica College

Classical Instruction: Nancy Arnold, MaryAnn Cummins; various Carnegie Mellon University-affiliated instructors

Jazz Instruction: Stuart Elster, Terry Trotter, Jon Rangel, Fred Haas, Bill Cunliffe, John D'Amico, Liam Noble (UK), Armen Donelian

Latin Jazz/Afro-Cuban Instruction: Eddie Palmieri, Arturo O'Farrill, Donald Vega

Jass Piano Masterclasses: Lynne Arriale, Shelly Berg, Eddie Higgins, Kenny Werner, Hal Galper, Eddie Palmieri

Other Jazz Masterclasses: Wynton Marsalis, Stefon Harris, Kenny Garrett, James Newton, Dave Douglass, Matt Wilson, Omar Sosa, Charlie Hunter

Composition: Efrain Amaya (Carnegie Mellon), Jon Appleton, Fred Haas, Kui Dong (Dartmouth)



Buy Hear and Play Releases

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NEW! Jazz Intensive Training Center

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Jazz 101 is James' original release covering Blues Basics, licks, and tricks for 12 bar blues




Jazz 201 celebrates jazz progressions (including ii-V-Is), altered dominants, licks, bebop ideas, and much more. Over 5 hours of content!

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James' Upcoming 2015 Gigs

Sat, Sept 26: 7-10pm with Joseph Luna at the Palace Bar in the Horton Hotel in San Diego, CA

Sat, Oct 3: 7-10pm at Rei Do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse in San Diego, CA

James' Past Gigs

Fri, Mar 6 : 8-10pm with Jazz Horizons at The Terrace Room in Oakland, CA

Tues, Mar 18: 8-10pm with The Night Jazz Band at Armando's in Martinez, CA

Sat, April 11: 8-9pm: Jazz Horizons at Presbyterian Church in Concord, CA

Sat, May 2 : with West Valley Collage in Saratoga, CA

Tues, May 5 : with The Night Jazz Band at Concord High School in Concord , CA



"James Wrubel does a fantastic job of repeating and clearly explaining all of the material"--Jim Atwood of jimatwood.wordpress.com

"So you see, this isn't your grandfather's jazz combo...Along the Jazz Bakery's wall, mammoth oils of [jazz greats] smile out of the darkness. If casual jazz guy James Wrubel doesn't watch his back, his portrait may one day join them."--Michael Aushenker, The Palisadian-Post See more here