w/ Tondrae Kemp, Brooklyn, New York 2012

                                                                                                 w/ Tondrae Kemp, Brooklyn, New York 2012

 

Ben Rubin plays the bass...

equally at home on electric and acoustic. Ben grew up in Winston Salem, North Carolina and spent his college years in Burlington, Vermont where he would met future band mate and genius Jonah Smith.  After attending Berklee College of Music from '98-2000, he moved to New York City. There he cut his teeth for over a decade as a founding member of The Jonah Smith Band. With this group he has recorded over 6 full length records, toured the lower 48 extensively, and parts of Europe.

While living in Brooklyn, Ben toured and recorded with saxophonist Bob Reynolds, guitar aficionado David Soler, and jazz great Erik Deutsch. At his insistence, he got Soler and Deutsch together which resulted in over 5 tours throughout Europe and the ethereal record Denga produced by Lee Townsend, written and arranged by David Soler. Ben has performed with Groove Collective, David Ryan Harris, Luscious, Shooter Jennings, and every style in between.

In 2013, Ben moved to Boulder, Colorado where he studied with Jazz great Art Lande, and immersed himself in the Funk/Hip Hop/Jazz scenes, hooking up most notably with Dave Watts (founding member of The Motet). In addition, he was the house bass player for the infamous “Hump Day Jam Sessions” at the Armoury in Denver for over 2 years. While in Colorado Ben completed his first solo record, writing, recording, and producing a complete studio album under the name LANDSHARK. In the Fall of 2017, Ben returned to the place of his birth, Nashville Tennessee to immerse himself in a fresh and furtile music scene.