born on 11/2/1943 in New York City, NY, United States
died on 8/6/2011 in New York City, NY, United States
Alan Rubin (February 11, 1943 – June 8, 2011), also known as Mr. Fabulous, was an American musician. He played trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet.
Rubin was a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He was a member of the Saturday Night Live Band, with whom he played at the Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games. As a member of The Blues Brothers, he portrayed Mr. Fabulous in the 1980 film, the 1998 sequel and was a member of the touring band.
Rubin played with an array of artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Duke Ellington, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Gil Evans, Eumir Deodato, Sting, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Frankie Valli, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Yoko Ono, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway and Dr. John.
Rubin died from lung cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and he was cremated. Rubin is survived by his wife, Mary and two siblings, Sharyn Soleimani and Marshall Rubin.
With Randy Weston
- Blue Moses (CTI, 1972)
With Hank Crawford
- Wildflower (Kudu, 1973)
- I Hear a Symphony (Kudu, 1975)
- Mr. Chips (Milestone Records, 1986)
With Johnny Hammond
- Higher Ground (Kudu, 1973)
With Jackie and Roy
- Time & Love (CTI, 1972)
With Hubert Laws
- Morning Star (CTI, 1972)
With O'Donel Levy
- Simba (Groove Merchant, 1974)
With Don Sebesky
- Giant Box (CTI, 1973)
With Gato Barbieri
- Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata (Impulse!, 1974)
With Ron Carter
- Anything Goes (Kudu, 1975)
With Lonnie Smith
- Keep on Lovin' (Groove Merchant, 1976)
With Patti Austin
- Havana Candy (CTI, 1977)
With Herbie Mann
- Brazil: Once Again (Atlantic, 1977)
With Jimmy McGriff
- Red Beans (Groove Merchant, 1976)
With Stanley Turrentine
- Nightwings (Fantasy, 1977)
With The Blues Brothers
- Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic, 1978)
- The Blues Brothers (Atlantic, 1980)
- Made in America (Atlantic, 1980)
- The Blues Brothers Band Live in Montreux (Atlantic, 1990)
- Red, White & Blues (Turnstyle, 1992)
- Blues Brothers 2000 (Universal, 1998)
With Billy Joel
- trumpet on "Big Man on Mulberry Street" on album The Bridge (1986)
With Jimmy Buffett
- Off to See the Lizard (MCA, 1989)
- The Blues Brothers (1980) - 'Mr. Fabulous'
- Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) - 'Mr. Fabulous'
- Nelson, Valerie J. (June 11, 2011). "Alan Rubin, Blues Brothers trumpeter, dies at 68". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 14, 2011.