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DiRubbo, Mike (Michael Anthony)

Saxophonist, composer; b. New Haven, CT, 25 July 1970. His mother, AnnaMarie, was born in New Haven in 1941. His father, Antonio, was born in Cerreto Sannita, Italy in 1941 and in 1956 emigrated to New Haven, CT where he has lived ever since.

Michael studied clarinet at St. Stanislaus School in New Haven from the 4th-8th grades. In 1982 he received an alto saxophone as a gift and taught himself to play it. He continued playing saxophone in concert/marching band and jazz band at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT. A highlight of this period was a performance with the Mitchell/Ruff duo, a selection into the inaugural Connecticut All-State Jazz Band, and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

In the fall of 1988 he attended the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School, University of Hartford as a music performance major on both talent and academic scholarships. Here he studied with jazz legend Jackie McLean. Between 1992 and 1994, DiRubbo lived, worked and taught music in the Hartford area. In 1994 he moved back to New Haven, CT and continued to teach music privately and to perform weekly in Hartford with trombonist Steve Davis' Explorers Quintet. By 1995 DiRubbo would become a regular performer at Augie's jazz club on the upper west side in Manhattan. In 1997 DiRubbo moved to New York City where he now resides and is an active member of the jazz scene as a performer, composer and instructor.

Some of the musicians he has performed and recorded with are: Cecil Payne, Eddie Henderson, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Ronnie Matthews, John Hicks, Mario Pavone, Steve Davis, Mike LeDonne, Joe Farnsworth, Steve Nelson, Michael Weiss, Peter Washington, Nat Reeves, Jim Rotondi, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Tony Reedus, Anthony Wonsey, Dwayne Burno, Brian Lynch, Peter Bernstein, Gerald Cannon, Joe Magnarelli, Essiet Essiet, Matt Wilson, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Carl Allen, and George Wein.

He has performed at many New York venues including Blue Note, Smoke, Smalls, The Kitano and the Knitting Factory as well as in Italy, France and Israel. He has given master classes at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio at the Jackie McLean Institute, Hartt School, University of Hartford, at the University of Southern Maine and at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a saxophone tutor at the New School (NY) and has guest instructed at William Patterson University (NJ), SUNY Purchase, New York University and the Jackie McLean Institute. Since 1997 Mike has been a resident artist at the Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut.


As a leader:

From The Inside Out (1999) Keep Steppin' (2001) Human Spirit (2003) New York Accent (2007) Repercussion (2009)

As a sideman:

Steve Davis: The Jaunt (1995) Crossfire (1997) Vibe Up! (1998) Systems Blue (2001) Outlook (2008) Andrew Adair: States (1999) Jim Rotondi: Reverence (2000) Mario Pavone: Totem Blues (2000) Mary DiPaola-Davis: Seventh Sign (2000) Craig Wuepper: The Returnsman (2001) Emiko Ohara: Possible Dream (2008) Lauren Sevian: Blueprint (2008) Hiromi Kasuga: New York Callin' (2008)

Radio broadcasts:

David Hazeltine Quintet: 10/27/2007 live from J&R Records in NYC, on WBGO 88.3, wbgo.org


"Private Lesson" in Saxophone Journal, Vol. 24, #4 Mar/Apr 1999 and Vol. 32, #5 May/June 2008

Professional Endorsements:

Bari Woodwind Mouthpieces; RS Berkeley Virtuoso Saxophones

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