Mr. Carubia has been a professional musician since age 15 and has been involved in all aspects of the music business. As a performer, Mike has played on six National telethons, recorded over 50 CD's of industrial and sports library music, numerous commercials, 4 jazz albums and several pop and contemporary recordings. He has performed in orchestras which accompany the worlds best singers including ; Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Englebert Humperdinck, Sammy Davis Jr, Jerry Vale, Lena Horne, Maxine Sullivan and most recently Frank Sinatra Jr.. Mr. Carubia played five years with the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band and hundreds of substitute performances in Broadway shows.
Mike was a regular substitute on the Village Vanguard Orch. (Formerly the Thad Jones -Mel Lewis Orch) for the period 1982-2004.
As a composer and arranger Mr. Carubia has written and recorded over 120 original compositions for Omni Music, a music source for TV, Radio and Industry. He has also published over 150 Jazz Ensemble arrangements or compositions plus 4 books on improvisation He now has is own publishing company, Smart Chart Music, which features simplified scorings of Thad Jones’ compositions and originals by himself and 8 nationally known composer/educators. Mr. Carubia taught for 27 years on Long Island at the high school and college levels.
Mike donated the program for a Dixieland concert he attended at the Dogwood Hollow in 1958 ,which can be viewed in the room next door. It was the first Jazz Concert he ever attended and it is autographed by most of the musicians who performed that night. The Dogwood Hollow was located in back of the Stony Brook Post Office just yards from The Jazz Loft.