Alan Rubin (February 11, 1943 – June 8, 2011), also known as Mr. Fabulous, was an American musician. He played trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet.

Alan Rubin
Alan Rubin playing the trumpet.jpg
Background information
Also known asMr. Fabulous
Born(1943-02-11)February 11, 1943
Brooklyn, New York City
DiedJune 8, 2011(2011-06-08) (aged 68)
Manhattan, New York City
GenresBlues, Jazz, R&B
InstrumentsTrumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
Years active1959-2011
Associated actsThe Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live Band

Rubin began attending Juilliard School of Music in New York when he was 17 and studied with William Vacchiano, who was principal trumpet in the New York Philharmonic. Vacchiano described Rubin as his best student.[1] While at Juilliard, Rubin was invited to play with Paul Hindemith on his last concert tour of the U.S.A., but Rubin chose, instead, to play with Peggy Lee at the Village Vanguard. Rubin dropped out of Juilliard at 20 to tour with singer Robert Goulet as his lead trumpet player.[2] 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. The nickname "Mr Fabulous" was given to Rubin by John Belushi.[3]

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 contributed to over 6000 recording sessions.

Rubin's last performance was with The Blues Brotherhood (Blues Brothers tribute show) at B.B. King's in NYC on October 12, 2010. The performance also featured Tom "Bones" Malone and Lou "Blue Lou" Marini.

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

With Hank Crawford

With Johnny Hammond

With Jackie and Roy

With Hubert Laws

With O'Donel Levy

  • Simba (Groove Merchant, 1974)

With Don Sebesky

With Gato Barbieri

With Ron Carter

With Lonnie Smith

With Patti Austin

With Herbie Mann

With Jimmy McGriff

With Stanley Turrentine

With The Blues Brothers

With Billy Joel

With Jimmy Buffett

With Fred Lipsius Better Believe It [4] (mja Records, 1996)


Title Year Credit(s) Role Notes
Saturday Night Live 1976-1984 Musician Trumpet Music department
Saturday Night Live 1976-1982 The Blues Brothers Band (uncredited) Trumpet
The Blues Brothers (film) 1980 Actor Mr. Fabulous
Blues Brothers 2000 1998 Actor Mr. Fabulous


  1. ^ "Alan, we'll miss you". Local 802 AFM. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Trumpeter Alan Rubin dies". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Blues Brothers part 3". Variety. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Jazz Times

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