Oscar Rabin

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Oscar Rabin
Birth nameOscar Rabinowitz
Born(1899-04-26)26 April 1899
Riga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire
Died20 June 1958(1958-06-20) (aged 59)
London, England, United Kingdom
GenresJazz, Dance band
Occupation(s)Bandleader, Musical Director, Musician
InstrumentsBass Saxophone, Violin
Years active1914–1958
Associated actsOscar Rabin Band

Oscar Rabin (26 April 1899 – 20 June 1958) was a Latvian-born English bandleader and musician. He was the musical director of his own big band.

Rabin was born in Riga to a family of Jewish origin, and came to London, England as a child. A blind music teacher and violinist taught Rabin music in exchange for him acting as a guide. At 15 he became a professional musician, he then worked in theatre orchestras and attended the Guildhall School of Music.

His career was interrupted by service in the First World War, then in 1922 he formed an ensemble with Harry Davis. He formed the Oscar Rabin Band (see main article) but was not the leader on stage as he preferred to play the bass saxophone.

He died in London aged 59. His granddaughter, Rachel Rabin, is also a musician.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Rachel Rabin - ReverbNation." ReverbNation. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2013. <http://www.reverbnation.com/artist_548290/bio>
  2. ^ "Who is Raign? 8 facts about the controversial X Factor 2014 contestant". Metro. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.

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