There is no better way to celebrate great jazz than with the Indianapolis Jazz Collective featuring Rob Dixon, Steven Jones, Cassius Goens III + Nick Tucker with featured guest artist trumpeter Duane Eubanks. Join The Jazz Kitchen and these supreme, creative musicians for a night that explores what jazz has to offer through standards, jams and improvisation.
Duane Eubanks simmers. Percolates. The jazz trumpeter/ composer/arranger/producer is a multi-talented force whose fiery blasts and sweet distinctive sound carry his horn into a musical space that defies categorization. There’s a gritty soul and passion that emphatically captures his Philadelphia roots.
“Duane is one of my all-time favorite brass men. One of the most honest musicians I've come across. He plays from the heart, coming from such a rich musical family tree." Roy Hargrove - Grammy Award winning trumpeter
Duane studied jazz in master classes at Temple University with the legendary Dr. Billy Taylor. He cut to the chase and headed to New York. He was tapped by the great pianist Mulgrew Miller to join his ensemble, Wingspan. Acclaimed double-bassist/bandleader Dave Holland invited Duane to play with his big band on a pair of Grammy award winning albums. Eubanks became a hotly sought-after horn. He recorded and played with Elvin Jones, John Hicks, Curtis Fuller, Louis Hayes, Randy Brecker, Avery Sharpe and Nicholas Payton.
Jazz is his turf. His bloodline. That bloodline began with his mother, pianist Vera Eubanks. She was the illustrious Kenny Barron’s first piano teacher. His brothers are celebrated trombonist Robin Eubanks and guitarist Kevin Eubanks, the former leader of the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” band. Legendary pianist Ray Bryant is his uncle.
Yet, his jazz bloodline isn’t a border, but a gateway where he crossed over to play and record with Alicia Keys, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Wu-Tang Clan, Freedom Williams, and Kirk Franklin. He has played the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center as well as toured throughout Europe, Japan, and the Middle-East.