Benny Rubin Jr.

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Benny Rubin Jr.
Saxophonist and Composer Photo by Chuck Andersen

About Benny Rubin Jr.

BENNY RUBIN JR. Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, Band Leader

Born in Flint, Michigan, Benny began studying music in Elementary School. In order to nurture his talent, his mother moved his family to Detroit where he attended and graduated from the Detroit School of Arts. Rubin got his start in the church playing gospel music but upon attending DSA was immediately drawn to jazz with inspirations from Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Sonny Stitt. Since moving to Detroit in 2013, Benny has worked with Detroit legends including Wendell Harrison, Marion Hayden, Russ Miller, Sean Dobbins, Naima Shamborguer and many more. He also performed in the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival with the Detroit Jazz Festival Youth All-Stars. In 2015 & 2017 Rubin played and taught in Europe with the Blue Lake Northern Winds and the Jazz band in countries like Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark and Poland. Rubin was named one of six 2016 Seymour Simons Scholars at the Michigan State University Community Music School in recognition of his talent as a jazz and composition student. Funded through the Lampert Family Foundation based in San Francisco and family of the Detroit-native and composer of the jazz standard, "All of Me." After graduating from the Detroit School of Arts in 2017, Rubin was awarded a jazz scholarship to study at the New School of Performing Arts in New York. Before attending the New School, Rubin produced his first album entitled, "What's Next?" (2017). The self-composed album holds 10 tracks and represents the next step in Rubin's life. Since moving to New York, Rubin has played at venues such as Dizzy's Jazz Club, Mist Harlem, Solomon & Kuff and Club Bona-Fide. He has studied with Jim Snidero, Dave Glasser, Vincent Herring, J. D. Allen and Dave Schnitter. Rubin has also worked with artists Adam Rudolph, Lonnie Plaxico, Danny Mixon and Antoinette Montague. Rubin is a featured artist on the album, "Life Time" which is a compilation Cd tribute to Geri Allen produce by Naima Shamborguer. The album is set to release in September 2018. He is also a member of the Harlem Society Orchestra.

In June of 2018, the "Benny Rubin Quartet" began their residency at the Sound Bite, a jazz club located in Hell's Kitchen. Rubin had the special opportunity to sit in with the Roy Hargrove Quintet at the Blue Note. Rubin even landed a small role in an upcoming Benny Golson documentary.


Know Say Or See - Benny Rubin Jr.

Benny Rubin, Jr.’s new release, Know Say Or See, finds the up-and-coming jazz saxophonist fulfilling his great potential.

The exhilarating session features Rubin and his young quartet with pianist Lex Korten, bassist Adam Olszewki and drummer JK Kim creatively exploring a wide range of jazz styles.

Benny Rubin, Jr, a talented tenor and alto-saxophonist, made a strong impression with his debut release What’s Next.

His second set as a leader, Know Say Or See, covers a lot of ground and features the saxophonist at his best at the head of a talented young quartet comprised of pianist Lex Korten, bassist Adam Olszewski and drummer JK Kim. The group performs six of Rubin’s originals plus fresh versions of two standards.

Available on Bandcamp

Benny Rubin Jr.'s new CD release'

Know See Or Say - Available on Bandcamp


Catch Benny at one of these upcoming gigs...

Rubin was named one of six 2016 Seymour Simons Scholars at MSU Community Music School-Detroit.

Photo Gallery

w/ Victor Goines - Karen Fox Photo
w/ Branford Marsalis - Karen Fox Photo
With Chris Potter
With Benny Golson
Photo by Chuck Andersen
Detroit Jazz Festival Jam Session
Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet


Blues For Alice

Benny Rubin Jr- Alto Sax, Jacob Schwandt- Guitar, Jonathon Muir- Cotton- Bass, Louis Jones III- Drums

Inner Urge

Benny Rubin Jr. (Alto Saxophone) & Louis Jones lll (Drums) performs there arrangement of Joe Henderson "Inner Urge".

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New Release!

"Know Say or See" by Benny Rubin, Jr.


Benny Rubin Jr. - Tenor & alto sax
Lex Korten - Piano Adam Olszewski - Bass JK Kim - Drums

Recorded at Tedesco Studios on Dec. 3, 2019

Available on Bandcamp

"What's Next" by Benny Rubin, Jr.


Ian Finkelstein- Piano LeRoy Mickens-Piano Jonathon Muir-Cotton-Bass Louis M Jones-Drums Jacob Schwandt-Guitar Peyton Miller-Vibes Xavier Bonner- Tenor Sax Rafael Statin-Tenor Sax Naima Shamborguer- Vocal

released July 16, 2017

Available on Bandcamp

Also available on ITunes

"Benny Rubin Jr. is a most promising young talent..."

Benny Rubin Jr. is a most promising young talent that has emerged from the Detroit Public Schools in years. Benny developed a jazz language that has been the standard accomplishment of jazz masters such as legendary Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. -Wendell Harrison

Wendell Harrison

Saxophonist - Clarinetist - Composer - Arranger - Producer - Educator

" of the most dedicated young musicians I have ever encountered..."

Benny is perhaps one of the most dedicated young musicians I have ever encountered in almost 17 years of teaching. His understanding of harmony and his unique melodic approach at such a young age is outstanding. -Quincy Stewart

Quincy Stewart

Educator, Musician, Composer

Pianist and Educator Scott Gwinnell on Benny...

I've had the pleasure to work with Benny Rubin in academic and professional situations. He's shown, on multiple occasions, flashes of clarity and fire in his improvisation and compositions that give me faith that he will soon find his voice and join in the pantheon of great Detroit jazz saxophonists. -Scott Gwinnell

Scott Gwinnell

Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Educator

...has the poise and sound of musicians 3 or 4 times his age.

Let me tell you something about Benny Rubin, long as cats like him are around, the future of music in general is looking pretty damn good. I've had the privilege of meeting and seeing Benny perform live. Folks, he's only 17 and has the poise and sound of musicians 3 or 4 times his age. -Mathew Wade Shapiro

Mathew Wade Shapiro

"... the future of jazz is in good hands."

Benny Rubin Jr is a fine young saxophonist from Detroit, Michigan. He is also busy writing original compositions. With a lovely tone and strong imagination, the future of jazz is in good hands. -RJ Spangler

RJ Spangler

Drummer, Producer, Promoter

"...strong leadership and musicianship at a very young age."

Benny is already showing signs of strong leadership and musicianship at a very young age. I look forward to what hear will be producing in the near future.

Marcus Elliot

Musician, Composer

"Benny Rubin plays beyond his years..."

Benny Rubin plays beyond his years and for someone so young has great insight. His delivery on ballads, especially shows feelings with understanding of a melody.

Naima Shamborguer

Jazz Songstylist, Composer, Work Shop presenter

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In The News

Young Composer and Saxophonist Excels - Jazz student at Community Music School-Detroit named Seymour Simons Scholar. - Michigan State University College of Music - Read Article Stellar Performance from Rising Star Benny Rubin Jr. - Some loyal supporters of Detroit jazz came out Wednesday evening to Bert’s in the Eastern Market to hear a rising star. - I Dig Jazz Blog, May 18, 2017 Read Article Introducing Saxophonist Benny Rubin Jr. - James Carter, Kenny Garrett, and Skip Pruitt are just a few great saxophonist who have come through the Detroit school system to make their mark in jazz... - Keith Gamble Music Blog, January 20, 2017 Read Article

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