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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Duane Eubanks at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, RFA at Steel City, Frog Holler at Johnny Brenda’s

Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova
Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova | via duaneeubanks.com

Philly native Duane Eubanks, the youngest of the local jazz scene’s famed Eubanks brothers, returns to Philadelphia tonight. Last year, he released Things of That Particular Nature on Sunnyside Records. Tonight, he and his quintet play two sets at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Center City, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10. Tickets and more information can be found at the Chris’ Jazz Cafe website. Continue reading →

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Tonight: Philly-born trumpeter Duane Eubanks returns home to celebrate his birthday at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Duane Eubanks | via duaneeubanks.weebly.com
Duane Eubanks | via duaneeubanks.weebly.com

The youngest of the three Eubanks brothers, trumpeter Duane Eubanks is returning home to Philly tonight to celebrate his 45th birthday with an all-star band of old friends at Chris’ Jazz Café.

The Eubanks’ mother, Vera, was a pianist who obviously instilled a deep love for music in her sons. The oldest, Robin, is a renowned trombonist who apprenticed with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and went on to work with bass great Dave Holland and became one of the heavy-hitters of the SFJAZZ Collective. Middle brother Kevin has equally impressive jazz credentials but is best known for his fifteen-year tenure leading Jay Leno’s Tonight Show Band.

Like both of his brothers, Duane Eubanks has spent time working with Dave Holland, appearing on two of the bassist’s Grammy-winning big band records. The trumpeter has kept a slightly lower profile than his brothers, becoming something of a big band specialist – he’s played in large bands led by everyone from Illinois Jacquet to Oliver Lake to Jason Lindner. At the same time, he parlayed a love for R&B into stints touring or recording with the likes of The Temptations, Mos Def, Wu Tang Clan, and Kirk Franklin. Both of those passions combine in his jazz sound.

He’s also guested with the Captain Black Big Band led by his old Philly friend Orrin Evans (which will play The Rotunda tomorrow). The two moved to New York together more than twenty years ago, and Evans will be part of Eubanks’ quintet on Saturday. The band will also feature saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, bassist Alexander Claffy, and drummer Rodney Green.