October 18, 2006
Grammy-Winning Trombonist Robin Eubanks to Perform
Grammy Award-winning jazz trombonist Robin Eubanks, who has collaborated with an array of musicians including The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Art Blakey and Barbra Streisand, will perform in concert with the award-winning Whitworth Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Eubanks and the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble, which won second place last year at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and was selected to perform at the 2007 Music Educators All-Northwest Conference, will take the stage at 8 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for Whitworth students. For tickets, call TicketsWest at (509) 325-7328 or purchase online at www.ticketswest.com, or call the Whitworth Music Department Office at (509) 777-3280. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of the concert.
Eubanks will conduct a free jazz clinic for Whitworth students, Spokane-area students, and the general public on Friday, Nov. 10, at 5:15 p.m. in the Whitworth Music Building Recital Hall. During the clinic, Eubanks will discuss vocation/careers in music and will answer questions about jazz improvisation and creativity in music. For more information about the concert or clinic, please call (509) 777-3280.
"As a trombone player, Eubanks is known for his unparalleled technique and his ability to play anything he hears – the highest notes, the lowest notes, fast, slow, pretty, angry," says Dan Keberle, professor of music and director of the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble. "He is a virtuoso on the trombone."
During the Nov. 11 concert, the jazz ensemble and Eubanks will perform selections of his original compositions, including "Taicho," a piece arranged by Keberle. The concert will also feature compositions by well-known jazz musicians including Miles Davis, JJ Johnson and Charlie Parker, as well as jazz standards such as "My Funny Valentine,""Stella By Starlight," and "There Will Never Be Another You."
Eubanks' website describes his musical style as a "combination of math and magic" in which he incorporates jazz, swing, funk and Latin, as well as innovative and striking improvisation.
"Robin's improvisational style is much like his composing – modern and creative," Keberle says. "Unlike most jazz trombone players before him, his solos sound new and exciting, interesting and creative. The Whitworth performance will be quite a concert: Not only is Robin a powerhouse of talent, but the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble is the strongest it has been in the last few years."
A native of Philadelphia, Eubanks hails from a musical family: His brother, Kevin Eubanks, is music director for The Tonight Show and another brother, Duane, plays trumpet in New York. Their mother has been a music educator for more than 30 years and their uncle, Ray Bryant, is a prominent jazz pianist.
Eubanks' musical studies began when he was eight years old. Later, he graduated cum laude from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied trombone and musical composition and theory. He went on to perform on Broadway as well as in film and television. Some of his notable appearances include Saturday Night Live and performances at the 1992, 1994 and 1997 Grammy Awards shows.
Eubanks won Grammy Awards for his performances on Michael Brecker's Wide Angles and Dave Holland's What Goes Around. He has recorded seven albums and performs regularly with his groups EB3 and Mental Images, and with the critically acclaimed Dave Holland Quintet and Big Band, of which Eubanks was an original member.
Eubanks serves as a tenured professor of jazz trombone at the Oberlin College Conservatory. He has received several grants to finance his work, including a compositional grant from Chamber Music America in 2002, and an ASCAP composer's grant in 2003.
For more on Robin Eubanks, including podcasts and a photo gallery, visit www.robineubanks.com.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Contacts:Dan Keberle, director of the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble and professor of music, (509) 777- 4582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Riddle, public information officer, (509) 777-3729 or email@example.com.