Hobnobbing with Giants of of the 1930’s. David Rubinoff is the conductor in this most rare featured 1933 picture. Benny Goodman is the 2nd saxophonist from the right. It is offered by the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville. For the best time of your life, visit this museum. Please support the museum. All donations are tax deductible. They are keeping our wonderful, American, big band tradition alive. My connection: I was Rubinoff’s personal arranger and accompanist for 15 years. We started our association in 1971. I was a senior in the music program at Wayne State University at that time. Currently, I hold a Master of Music degree from Wayne State.
Now a Drum Roll, Please, for the Hobnobbing
Joseph Rubin is the curator of the big band, Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville. He sponsored me to be part of a special Rubinoff and His Violin commemoration concert. My Rubinoff association association lasted until 1986. That is the year he passed away. The Circleville, Rubinoff event was this last June 2, 2018. I was asked to deliver a half-hour lecture on Rubinoff. Also, I played piano for Rubinoff’s favorite arrangement. We made it together. It highlights a selection of numbers from The Fiddler on the Roof. Click the link below. Even to this day, as you will hear, the audience still responds with wild enthusiasm. Maestro Steven Greenman masterfully plays the violin.
Hobnobbing with the Greats in Show Business
For this post I even have a featured story. Rubinoff personally related it to me. It is also documented in his book: Dance of the Russian Peasant. The book was dictated to his last wife, Darlene. The story involves Rubinoff , Benny Goodman and Ted Lewis. They were part of a benefit concert in San Francisco. This was the early 1930’s. The trio went marching through the hotel lobby on route to the elevator. They were dressed to the nines. Ted Lewis was sporting his famous hat and cane. All the way they were singing “Me and My Shadow.” Dave Rubinoff said: “The guests loved our shananigans. We had lots of fun in those days.”
More will be posted in the near future. Please, feel free to share this post. Ted Lewis expressed an innermost wish with his famous expression: “ Is everybody happy? Just below is a link to the Ted Lewis Museum. Also, let the distinguished curator, Joseph Rubin, know about your interest. Finally, underneath the museum link is another link. It has yet another Rubinoff story, only posted on our own DSOworks website.
Busy Making Millions During the Great Depression. That’s what a violinist I worked with was doing. My picture with him is on the lower right corner on the program. The program also has pictures (from upper left to right) of him with Fritz Kreisler, Eddie Cantor, Will Rogers, and Bing Crosby. Dave holds the record for concert attendance. 225,000 at Grant Park in Chicago. That was in the year 1937. Rubinoff proudly asserted: “They turned away another 25,000 at the door.”
He also conducted the orchestra for the Paramount Theater and Paramount Pictures. His stage name was Rubinoff and His Violin. His name is featured above on the movie marquee. Thanks a Million is a 1935 musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Roy Del Ruth. It stars Dick Powell, Ann Dvorak and Fred Allen. Musicians featured were Patsy Kelly, David Rubinoff,Paul Whiteman and his band with singer/pianist Ramona. That movie was featured just before a concert I gave. It is mentioned on the picture above. The entire event commemorated his memory.The orchestra was conducted by Maestro Joseph Rubin. Maestro Steven Greenman was the violinist I accompanied. Before the concert I gave a lecture on my association with Dave Rubinoff.
So Why Have So Few Today Heard of Him if He was Busy Making Millions?
I think the answer is resentment. Also, everyone was jealous. The average musician was struggling to make a living. Especially during the Great Depression. Rubinoff was a perfectionist. He was adamant in his interpretations. He was incredibly precise. This created even more resentment and jealousy. Just listen to the youtube sample below. As a matter a fact, listen to everything available about Rubinoff and learn. I think the picture below speaks miles. Regardless, I am honored to have my photo with Rubinoff in the Ted Lewis Museum. The museum is an outstanding tourist attraction.
Reviving Beautiful Music at Circleville, Ohio Lecture. A concert has just been given concert to commemorate a violinist that I worked with for some 15 years. His stage name was Rubinoff and His Violin. My lecture is soon to be accessible.
The performance also included an élite 28 piece orchestra. During intermission, I played the Ohrenstein/Rubinoff arrangement of the Fiddler on the Roof with violinist Steven Greenman. He is a master violinist. Like Brahms and Bartok, he composes and collects folk music. Recently, his tour of Poland included Krakow. Below is a sample of his exquisite violin playing. This youtube post currently has over 67,000 hits. He plays from the soul. His music take you out the petty cares of the day. He then places you in touch with your soul. For the Circleville concert, Steven played Rubinoff/Ohrenstein arrangement of the Fiddler with feeling, polish and finesse. Rubinoff would have been quite pleased.
Joseph Rubin was the conductor of the orchestra. He also was the organized the concert. The Maestro contacted me for the event. What a busy schedule! He is the curator of the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville, Ohio. I have the link to the Museum below. It’s more than worth the time to fully examine the link. The concert was held at Circleville High School:
We’ve currently had some 60 years of mostly rhythmically dominated music. Time and trends go in cycles. A prime example is found in classical music. J.S. Bach passed away in 1750.The rococo and classical movements endured until approximately 1810. At that time, Beethoven led the transition to the Romantic era. I think that the times are about to elevate proponents of beautiful music. That’s when the Circleville Three (Joseph, Steven and myself) will become prominent. Of course, the movement will be carried by countless others. I say, let the Ted Lewis Museum lead the way. Please support this Museum. Answer affirmatively to the Ted Lewis question: “Is everybody happy?”
Resourceful Conductor Joseph Rubin Inspires His Orchestra. Maestro Rubin assembled an elite group of 28 musicians for a special concert. The musicians included the top instrumental professionals and instructors from leading universities around the state of Ohio. It was held was on June 2, 2018. The concert commemorated a violinist/compose/conductor that I worked with, David Rubinoff. His popular name was Rubinoff and His Violin. I arranged and accompanied him for some 15 years. Rubinoff was the conductor of the Chase and Sanborn Orchestra in the 1930’s. The orchestra is pictured below. Rubinoff is standing stage center in this most rare photo.
The music had a gamut of expression: From tragedy to comedy. From lento to ultra fast…..Under Rubin’s baton the orchestra played every note with great unity of purpose. They played Rubinoff’s incredibly difficult pieces to perfection.
In the concert I also played piano for violinist Steven Greenman (pictured below). We played the special arrangement I had made with Dave Rubinoff of the Fiddler on the Roof decades earlier. Steve, has performed around the world. He and I received bravos and 3 standing ovations for the Fiddler on the Roof. Yes, Rubinoff, like Tevye, was from Russia.
It Took a Resourceful Conductor to put this Concert Together
To the left are 2 internal links. They talk about my association with Maestro Rubinoff.
Maestro Rubin is also the curator of the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. That alone amply shows his high degree in executive and organizational ability.
Rubinoff’s music is not easy to play or properly conduct as Maestro Rubin did. Dave hired the finest arrangers in America. They arranged for the finest musicians of his time. Resourceful conductor Maestro Rubin saw my blogs about Rubinoff. Consequently, he flew me with my wife Sharon up to Circleville, Ohio for the concert. That was a most considerate gesture! In the not too distant future, the concert will be posted on youtube. Keep watching. Many surprises are in the making.
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The Ted Lewis Museum is located on 133 West Main Street in Circleville, Ohio. It is dedicated to paying tribute to one of Ohio’s most influential jazz musicians, Ted Lewis. He cheered everybody up. His motto “Is everybody happy?,” is posted on the glass part of the door right under 133. Please make yourself happy and visit this gem of a museum. It is dedicated to great American music.
Musical Museum Sponsors Memorable Concert under the Baton of Maestro Joseph Rubin. Oh my gosh. I now have a tiny place in the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. In the featured picture, I am in the lower right corner standing with Rubinoff. What is the basis for this claim to fame? I worked with David Rubinoff and His Violin for some 15 years. My capacity was as his arranger and accompanist. Maestro Rubin read one of my Rubinoff posts. They are on DSOworks.com. He contacted me to be a part of a Rubinoff commemoration concert. The concert was June 2, 2018. Steven Greenman was the distinguished violin soloist.
The photo below of Rubinoff and myself was taken in concert in 1984. Dave was 86 years of age. Our entire concert is below the picture on youtube. Just click on it. In his heyday, Dave was a national phenomenon. This was to the tune of as much as $500,000.00 annually in the 1930’s. Serious musicians (those who only played classical) were envious. However, the point is, whatever Dave touched was superbly played. Many examples of him are now posted on youtube. Many of these show him playing at his peak. Also below is an internal link with a “Rubinoff” story.
Lost Concert “Rubinoff and His Violin” on Oquaga Lake, 1984
Ted Lewis’ band was second only to the Paul Whiteman band in popularity during the 1920s. Paul Whiteman led a usually large ensemble and explored many styles of music. He blended symphonic music and jazz. An example was his debut of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Many say Ted Lewis played more real jazz than Whiteman. This is especially true with Ted’s recordings of the late 1920’s. American history at the musical museum is quite rich. Much is in the works on DSOworks.com. Keep watching.