Rubens de La Corte was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began studying classical guitar at the age of nine and at 13, he started playing the electric guitar. By the age of 16, Rubens professional career, including performances at local clubs and theaters in Sao Paulo, had begun.

As a leader, Rubens' first project was “The Rubens de La Corte Group". The ensemble performed Rubens’ original compositions as well as Brazilian, Jazz and Fusion standards. The group was active from 1987-1993.

Rubens moved to Boston in 1994 to study at the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 1998, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Composition and Guitar Performance.

During that time, Rubens co-founded and co-led the group Brazz Jazz. Brazz Jazz began as a vocal/guitar duo performing Jazz and Brazilian standards. Through out the years, Brazz Jazz had remained true to its original goal.

After completing his studies at Berklee, Rubens re-located to New York City to begin a Masters Degree Program at Queens College (CUNY). Rubens successfully completed his Masters of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance in 2000.

In the year 2001, Rubens was invited to be the Musical Director and Guitar Player for Multi Grammy Nominee and Winner, Angelique Kidjo. Prior to embarking on their first world tour together, Rubens recorded the guitar tracks for Angelique’s 2002 Grammy Nominated CD, "Black Ivory Soul".

Rubens continued to perform with Angelique Kidjo for ten years. Since they teamed up, they toured the world several times including concerts in Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North, Central and South America.

In May 2004, the incomparable Brazilian-Jazz Pianist Eliane Elias invited Rubens to join her group. Since then, they have been touring extensively in Asia, Europe, North and South America in support of Eliane’s CDs "Dreamer", "Around the City", "Bossa Nova Stories" and "Light My Fire".

Since 2011, Rubens has been a regular faculty at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in Chennai, India. During the residency, Rubens teaches guitar, harmony, arranging, ensembles and different aspects of a professional musician's life.

For the past three years, Rubens has been developing a new songwriting project called "Nomad". Inspired by his travels around the world, "Nomad" combines different music styles and has the participation of many renowned musicians and friends (Angelique Kidjo, Zeca Baleiro, Jair Oliveira, Oswaldinho do Acordeon, Ulisses Rocha, Di Melo, Karina Zeviani among others). "Nomad" is ready to be released.

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Rubens has also performed with the following artists:

Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Caetano Veloso, Dave Matthews, David Byrne, Monty Alexander, Gilberto Gil, Marlui Miranda, Lila Downs, Mino Cinelu, Manu Katche, Wynton Marsalis, Marc Johnson, Toots Thielemans, Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, Lincoln Goines, Danny Gottlieb, Jon Hendricks, Diane Reeves, Trilok Gurtu, Philip Glass, David Bowie, Ziggy Marley, Lokua Kanza, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Machan Taylor, Soulive, Orishas, Thiago de Melo, Lonnie Plaxico, Bill Summers, Vinicius Cantuaria, Willie Nelson, Michelle Branch, Sissel, Josh Groban, Jessye Norman, Laura Pausini, Yannick Noah, Ray Davies, Rufus Wainwright, Carmen Consoli, Louque, Petula Clark and String Cheese Incident.


Performances At Legendary Venues And Festivals Include:

Madison Square Garden, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Esplanade Theaters-Singapore, 2007 Live Earth in Johannesburg, 2005 Live8-Africa Calling, 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, Playboy JazzFest, Nice Jazz Festival, Java Jazz-Jakarta, Byron Bay Roots & Blues Fest, Newport Jazz, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, EXPO 2002 Switzerland, AVO Sessions, Summerfest Germany, Africa Fest Germany, Bercy Expo, Tangelwood Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Jamaica Jazz & Blues Fest, Saint Lucia Jazz Fest, Festival internacional Providencia Jazz, Festival Cervantino, Chicago Jazz fest, Savannah Jazz fest, Wolf Trap, Giants Stadium, Dodgers Stadium, Soldiers Field, Turner Field, Pac Bell Park, Foxboro Stadium, Texas Stadium, Summerfest Milwaukee, Hollywood Bowl, The Fillmore San Francisco, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Olympia-Paris, Birdland-NYC, Blue Note Jazz Clubs, Auditorio Nacional-Mexico, Womad-Reading, Arts Center-Melbourne, Barbican-London, Maison de Radio France, Royal Danish Theater-Copenhagen, Kimmel Center, Jazzaldia-Donostia, Malta Jazz, Festival de Jazz de Barcelona, Jazz a Juan, Paris Jazz, April Jazz, Jazzkaar, Jazz à Cartage.

Television Appearance Include:

Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, NAACP Awards, MTV/VH1-Live8 Coverage, BBC Later With Jools Holland, CBS The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS This Morning, PBS Now With Bill Moyers, Hamburg TV Germany, Stockholm TV4 Sweden, TV5 France, TV2 France, TV Globo Brazil Jo Soares Show.

Discography:

* Nomad - Rubens de La Corte, Baticum/Tratore 2015
* Home, Family & Roots - Thiago de Melo, Sunny Heart Records 2015 

* Tanha Sa Hoon - Lesle Lewis, Universal Music 2012

* Onde Tudo faz Sentido - Aline Muniz, Tratore 2011 

* Live Earth - Various, Warner 2008 

* Electric Eyes - Sheryl Cohen, Izzy Gold Records, 2008

* Many Lessons, Piranha/Zebralution 2008 

* Afirca Calling/Live 8 at Eden - Various, Real World, 2006 

* Women Of Africa - Various, Putumayo, 2004

* Not An Ordynary Girl - Sheryl Cohen, 2003 

* Black Ivory Soul - Angelique Kidjo, Columbia Sony, 2002 

* Kick Off Your Shoes - Brazz Jazz, 1998

* Simplesmente Caboverdiana - Gardenia Benros, PolyGram, 1997 

* Zabumbatuq - Zabumbatuq, 1996 

* Timbaleiros - Conexao Brasil, 1996

If you have read this far, Rubens thanks you for your interest and your patience!