“Something about the sound Mike DiRubbo elicits from the alto saxophone – deep, dark, immense, with a machete edge that denotes a ready-for-anything urban sensibility – immediately grabs the ear. It’s a sound familiar to the cream of New York’s hardcore jazz community since the mid-‘90’s” – writes Ted Panken
“Mike DiRubbo is an energetic and bop-literate alto saxophonist.” - Nate Chinen
“Mike DiRubbo has a big, bold alto tone, an unerring time feel and remarkable facility on the instrument.” – Bill Milkowski
“Mike DiRubbo plays with fire and intelligence, and his music dances with life.”
- Francis Davis
“He has his own unique sound on the saxophone…his expansive musical vocabulary exhibits a solid foundation in the bebop tradition that has been judiciously elevated through a liberal addition of post-Coltrane modality ”
- Russ Musto
“…a powerful, not-to-be-missed performer.”
- David A. Orthmann
Today, in an age where media-created young lions are more interested in downloads than down beats, alto saxophonist/composer/bandleader/educator Mike DiRubbo is the real deal. Ever since he arrived in New York two decades ago, DiRubbo has reigned supreme as one of the most durable and dynamic musicians of his generation. That bold statement is augmented by the aural evidence of his work with the brightest jazz stars including Al Foster, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Eddie Henderson, Steve Davis, Carl Allen, Christian McBride, Dwayne Burno, Tony Reedus, Peter Washington, John Hicks and Cecil Payne, and as a solo artist, with nine critically-acclaimed CD’s as a leader. DiRubbo has been featured in articles, reviews, and interviews in magazines such as Downbeat, Saxophone Journal, The Sax (Japan), Jazziz, Hothouse, Jazz Times, Jazz Journal, Cadence, Swing Journal, Jazz Folio, JazzWise, All Music Guide and All About Jazz and has been nominated in the Downbeat Rising Stars Alto Saxophone category every year since 2013.
On his instrument DiRubbo has it all: from Benny Carter’s mastery of melody and Johnny Hodges’ ballad mellow tones to Charlie Parker’s light-speed fluency. But what truly sets DiRubbo apart from the rest was his apprenticeship under the legendary alto saxophonist/educator Jackie McLean.
Mike DiRubbo is a Yanagisawa saxophone artist.