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Eubanks, Charles (Charles Andrew Eubanks III)

Eubanks, Charles (Charles Andrew Eubanks III), pianist; b. Detroit, MI, 26, July 1948. His mother was Perry Lee Eubanks (1925-1982). His father (b. 1923 in Detroit) was a jazz trumpet player and bandleader. His brother, Michael Eubanks, was born in 1950 in Detroit. His wife, Jessica Beattie Eubanks, was born in 1957 and is a performance artist and singer/songwriter. His son, Damon Lamar Webb, was born August 30th, 1968 in Detroit. His daughter in law, Stephanie Yvette Webb, was born October 5th, 1967 in San Francisco. His granddaughter, Jasmin Collette Webb, was born 1989 in Baton Rouge, LA. His grandson, Damon Lamar Webb II, was born 1995 in Detroit, MI. His grandson, Michael Alan Webb, was born 1997 in Detroit.

He graduated from Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI and was a Music Major/Private Student of Madame Manabach, International concert pianist, and Arthur Labrew of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

From birth, in his Detroit home, Charles was fed the musical images of Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonius Monk, by his father. At the age of 11, he joined "The Soul Messengers" and was quickly recruited into the renowned group, "The Six Lads," directed by Harold McKinney. The group played many of the Horace Silver and Art Blakey arrangements of the day, in such venues as The Ford Auditorium and the Detroit Art Institute. He moved to NY in the 1970s.

He has played with Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land Quintet, Dewey Redman, Kenny Clarke (in Dakar, Senegal), Woody Shaw (New York, Canada & US Tours), Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (The Village Gate, New York City), Frank Foster's Big Band "Latin Meets Jazz" (Top of the Gate, New York City), Pharaoh Sanders Quartet (Spain, France and Italy Tours), Oliver Lake Quartet (European Tours, American Tours and New York City venues), Max Roach Ensemble (Brooklyn, New York venue), Archie Shepp Quartet (France Tour, American venues), David "Fathead" Newman Quartet (Boston and Washington D.C. venues), Sonny Fortune Quartet (European, African and American venues), Pony Poindexter Quartet (European venues), James Blood Ulmer Quartet (New York City venues), and David Murray's Big Band (New York City venues).

From 1963-68, he was a studio musician at Motown Records, Detroit, MI, recording with various artists. From 1967-71, he was an accompanist to Modern Dance Classes at, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. From 1971-72, he was a piano teacher, teaching beginning and intermediate classes, for Project Music, Detroit, MI. In 1975, he was a piano teacher for the New York City Board of Education. In 1983, he was a National Endowment For the Arts Grant Recipient. In 1986, he performed at the Meet The Composer Concert, NYC Public Library. From 1986-91, he was music director for the City of New York, Parks and Recreation Department.

Recordings:
Sounds...In A HeartBeat (idependently produced audio and video); Sounds...Heartstrong; Sounds...OverTime; Sounds...Over Time II; New Beginnings
As sideperson:
Dewey Redman Quartet: The Struggle Continues; Dewey Redman w/ Joshua Redman: African Venus; Archie Shepp Quintet: My Man, Plays Sidney Bechet; Luther Thomas: Don't Tell; Tony Bennett: Duke Ellington Suite; Kevin Eubanks: Kevin Eubanks; Rashied Ali: New York Ain't So Bad, Moon Flight; Tribe/Wendell Harrison: Message From the Tribe; Contemporary Jazz Quartet: Location; Oliver Lake Quartet: Dedicated to Dolphy, Edge-ing; Butch Morris Quartet: In Touch But Out of Reach

Contact information:
Jessica and Charles Eubanks
745 East 6th Street #3-D
New York, NY 10009.
212-777-9580
JessieBRich@hotmail.com

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