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Peter Rubie

Jazz musician, teacher, writer, editor, late bloomer—it's never too late.

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“Guitarist Peter Rubie . . . a fine player, [lays] down subtle lines in his solos and clear comping,” JazzWise Magazine

Guitarist Peter Rubie has been on the jazz scene in Europe and the U.S., since the mid-1970s. He was the leader of the house band at the original 606 Club (www.606Club.com) in London, before moving to the U.S., in 1981. He has studied and played with Warne Marsh, George Coleman, Peter Ind, Peter Bernstein and Larry Koonse.

“You [sound] excellent,” Peter Bernstein

Among the many notable jazz musicians he’s played with are John Stowell, Kenny Wessell, Mike LeDonne, Eric Alexander, John Raymond, Jay Leonhart, Mike Clark, Jack Wilkins, Junior Cook, Paul Meyers, Martin Taylor, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Bobby Wellins, Slide Hampton, Dave Binney, Dave Cliff, and Emily Remler.

He lives in New York City where he plays and teaches, with his wife (a former opera and Broadway singer), and teenage son, Ben, an avid jazz and classical violinist. He can be found playing around town in New York City in such jazz clubs as Mezzrow, Smoke, Smalls, Cleopatra's Needle, and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola.

“One of the most musical, unknown guitarists I know,” Jack Wilkins.

Things you might not know about Peter: He once worked as a cook in a Japanese macrobiotic restaurant in Manhattan. He has written and had published over a dozen fiction and nonfiction books. His brother Steve owns and runs the London-based 606 Jazz Club.

My Jazz Story

The first jazz record I bought was Joe Pass's For Django. I was 14. I sat next to my little suitcase record player and played that record over and over again all afternoon, just mesmerized. I had never heard the guitar played like that before. I knew then that was how I wanted to play the guitar and I've been trying to get there ever since.

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