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The Billy Rubin Trio

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Bela Rubinovic a.k.a. Mr. Billy Rubin is the most underrated composer and bass player in Jazz-History. He was a talented arranger who wrote special scores that took advantage of the three-minute limitations of the 78 rpm records. But more than all these things, he was a real character whose spirit shines brightly through history, like his diamond studded smile. As a teenager Bela Rubinovic worked in the whorehouses of Storyville as a piano player. From 1914 to 1927 Bela rambled around the South. He worked as a gambler, pool shark, pimp, vaudeville comedian and as a bass player. He also was called 'The Boss on the Bass'. He played on the West Coast from 1927 to 1932 and then moved to Chicago and where he hit his stride.


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