Robin Eubanks

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Robin Eubanks
Robin Eubanks at the Torino Jazz Festival in 2007
Robin Eubanks at the Torino Jazz Festival in 2007
Background information
Born (1955-10-25) October 25, 1955 (age 67)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Robin Eubanks, TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival

Robin Eubanks (born October 25, 1955) is an American jazz and jazz fusion slide trombonist, the brother of guitarist Kevin Eubanks and trumpeter Duane Eubanks. His uncles are jazz pianist Ray Bryant and bassist Tommy Bryant. His mother, Vera Eubanks, was famed pianist Kenny Barron's first piano teacher.


Robin Eubanks was born on October 25, 1955, in Philadelphia. After graduating cum laude from the University of the Arts, he moved to New York City[1] where he first appeared on the jazz scene in the early 1980s. He played with Slide Hampton, Sun Ra, and Stevie Wonder. Eubanks also the musical director with the jazz drummer Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He also was a member of jazz drummer Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. He was a contributor on fellow jazz trombonist Steve Turre's 2003 release One4J: Paying Homage to J.J. Johnson. Eubanks has also released several albums as a bandleader.

He played for 15 years in double bassist Dave Holland's quintet, sextet, octet and big band. J.J. Johnson recommended Eubanks for the position at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, where he taught for 20 years as a tenured professor of Jazz Trombone and Jazz Composition. He has also taught at New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was a member in the all-star group the SFJAZZ Collective for 10 years 2008-2019.[2] His notable students include trombonist Andy Hunter of the WDR Big Band.[3]

Robin is one of the pioneers of M-Base. He has appeared on numerous television shows and specials, including The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and The Grammys. he also pioneered the use of electronic effects with the trombone.

Robin is a frequent lecturer, guest soloist and clinician at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world.

Eubanks was voted #1 Trombonist by Down Beat magazine and Jazz Times.


As leader[edit]

  • Different Perspectives (JMT, 1988)
  • Dedication (JMT, 1989) - with Steve Turre
  • Karma (JMT, 1990)
  • Mental Images (JMT, 1994)
  • Wake Up Call (Sirocco Jazz, 1997)
  • Robin Eubanks Sextet: 4: JJ / Slide / Curtis and Al (TCB, 1998)
  • Mental Images: Get 2 It (REM, 2001)
  • EB3 Live Vol. 1 (CD and DVD, RKM, 2007)
  • Robin Eubanks and Mental Images: Klassik RocK Vol. 1 (Artistshare, 2014)
  • Robin Eubanks and the Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets The Ear (Artistshare, 2015)

As sideman[edit]

With Geri Allen

With Art Blakey

With Steve Coleman

With Sonny Fortune

With Craig Handy

With Joe Henderson

With Dave Holland

With Ronald Shannon Jackson

With Elvin Jones

With Bobby Previte

With Hank Roberts

With Herb Robertson

With others


  1. ^ "About Robin Eubanks".
  2. ^ "SF Jazz Collective", Fine Arts Center, UMassAmherst.
  3. ^ "andy hunter - - trombone, composition, and meaningful music". Retrieved 2020-05-12.

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