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Ben Rubin (aka Benny Cha Cha) is a Grammy-nominated producer, (re-)mixer, bassist and composer. From performing at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Cannes Film Festival with Dred Scott Trio to producing remixes for Killah Priest and Karsh Kale, Brooklyn-based Rubin is comfortable in any musical setting. He has played and recorded with a diversity of artists, including Patti Smith, Courtney Love, Mary J. Blige, Marshall Crenshaw, Moby, Alan Cumming, Bill Frisell, and his own critically acclaimed, genre-bending band Mudville (winner of a 2008 Independent Music Award for Electronica Song of the Year for “Wicked.”) Jazz Times has lauded his playing for its “deep, exploratory tone.”
With over 80 album credits to his name, Rubin has ranked high in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 DownBeat Critics’ Polls as a “Rising Star” producer for his work with the SmallsLive record label where he has produced and mixed more than 30 records with jazz greats including Larry Goldings, Louis Hayes, Tom Harrell, Peter Bernstein, Johnny O’Neal, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Rosenwinkel,Roy Hargrove, Eddie Henderson, Mulgrew Miller, Seamus Blake, Cyrille Aimeé and many others. His productions for SmallsLive has been described by the New York Times as “beyond reproach.” In 2014, “Second Half,” which Ben co-produced with composer/pianist Emilio Solla, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.
He recently composed (and produced, performed and mixed) the score for director Nelson Kim’s feature film debut, Someone Else, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Miami International Film Festival to strong reviews. Ben has composed and recorded the scores for three short ﬁlms: Paul Pope & Sridhar Reddy‘s “7x6x2″, Nelson Kim’s “Long Distance” and Geoﬀ Quan’s “The Other Way Round”. Rubin and his music have also appeared in numerous feature films and TV shows including: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Going Down in La-La Land, Once More with Feeling, Life in Flight, Slutty Summer, “The Backyardagans,” “Regenesis,” and “Strada” (Finland).