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Eubanks, Robin

Eubanks, Robin, trombone; b. Philadelphia, PA, 25 October 1955. Robin comes from a very musical family. One of his brothers, Kevin Eubanks (b. Phil., 15 Nov. 1957) is the guitarist and music director for The Tonight Show and the youngest brother of the Eubanks family, Duane made his recording debut as a trumpeter on Robin's CD, Wake Up Call. His uncle Ray Bryant has been prominent pianist on the jazz scene for decades, and his mother has been a music educator for more than 30 years. At the age of 8, Robin began playing the trombone and studied theory, harmony and arranging through high school and college. After graduating cum laude from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he moved to New York. Since his arrival in New York, Robin has had a wide range of musical experiences including being the Music Director for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, arranging, composing and performing for McCoy Tyner's Big Band, Slide Hampton's Jazz Masters, and he is currently a member of Dave Holland's Quintet. He was a featured soloist, composer and arranger on J.J. Johnson's Brass Orchestra.

Robin has toured and recorded with such diverse musicians as the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads and Barbra Streisand on her historic 1994 tour. He's performed on several television shows and specials including The Tonight Show featuring Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, the Grammy Awards and Motown at the Apollo. He has worked on several projects for Broadway and film.

He has recorded 6 CDs as a leader which have received worldwide critical praise, and he leads his own groups which have toured Europe and Japan. Robin was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and adjunct faculty at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. He teaches privately in New York and has taught and delivered seminars at universities and colleges throughout the world. Robin is also a national clinician for Yamaha Musical Instruments.

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