Sun December 3, 2006
An interview with Robin Eubanks
Member of Dave Holland's Big Band which has won the 71st Annual Downbeat Reader's Poll
By Chris Cooke
Omaha, Nebraska – Robin Eubanks is one of the leading trombonists on today's jazz scene.
As a member of the Dave Holland Big Band, which has won the "jazz group, big band" category in the 71st Annual Readers Poll in Downbeat magazine, Eubanks' trombone playing is internationally acclaimed.
As a bandleader in his own right, Eubanks explores the frontiers of jazz with his bands Mental Images and EB3.
Eubanks is also a music educator. He serves as a tenured Professor of Jazz Trombone at the Oberlin College Conservatory. Eubanks has also taught and delivered seminars at universities and colleges throughout the world.
The brother of Kevin Eubanks, music director for The Tonight Show, Robin came to New York in 1980. He was fortunate to work with the legendary Sun Ra and Slide Hampton bands. Eubanks also served as a musical director for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He was also a member of McCoy Tyner's Big Band and Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine. Eubanks was a featured soloist, composer and arranger on J.J. Johnson's Grammy-nominated recording, The Brass Orchestra and has toured and/or recorded with such diverse musicians as the Mingus Big Band, the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Eddie Palmieri and Barbara Steisand.
Robin Eubanks is easily capable of playing anything from bop to free. That was in evidence at the 2006 Iowa City Jazz festival, where he played with the University of Iowa Jazz Ensemble. The show was a showcase for his expertise with electronics with which he became a one man band, drawing an enthusiastic response from the audience.
KIOS jazz host Chris Cooke attended that performance and spoke with the trombonist before the show. Click on the link at the top of this page to listen to that interview.
Chris Cooke is the host of Jazz in the Afternoon and Last Call on KIOS-FM.