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One of the most talented trombonists of his generation, Robin Eubanks was born into a musical family that includes his brothers Duane—a trumpeter—and Kevin—music director for The Tonight Show. The Eubanks' mom is a music educator and their uncle Ray Bryant is a well-regarded jazz pianist.

Robin Eubanks began his own music studies at age eight and followed this interest all way to a cum laude graduation from Philadelphia's University of the Arts where he studied theory, harmony, composition, arranging, and trombone.

After graduation, Eubanks moved to New York City and broke into the jazz scene performing with acts that included Slide Hampton, Sun Ra, Stevie Wonder, and drummer Art Blakey and his band the Jazz Messengers. Eubanks' performances on Michael Brecker's Wide Angles and Dave Holland's What Goes Around earned the trombonist a pair of Grammys. Eubanks has also released several albums as a bandleader and was voted #1 trombonist by DownBeat magazine's International Critics' Poll in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1995.

Eubanks also contributes to the music scene as an educator. He is an associate professor at the Oberlin College Conservatory and also teaches at New York University and the New England Conservatory in Boston as well as lecturing and serving as a clinician at schools throughout the world.

 





Hal Leonard James Brown - 20 All Time Greatest Hits Piano, Vocal, Guitar Songbook

The first soul album to go platinum, James Brown's Live at the Apollo, Volume I introduced soul music to white America, became a must-have LP in 1963, ranked 24th on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest albums of all time, and was chosen by the Library of Congress for entry in the National Recording Registry in 2004.

Brown, whose fame rested in large part on amazing live performances with his band and backup singers, wanted to showcase that talent with a recorded concert much like Ray Charles had done in 1959. But since Brown had just released a string of poorly received singles through the King Records label, King's chief, Syd Nathan, turned down the project.

Brown knew how enthusiastically fans responded to his live performances and determined to bring that experience to a wider audience—even if he had to pay for it himself. Brown and his band had been at the Apollo performing to enthusiastic crowds all week before the cold October night on which they recorded one of the best live performances ever committed to tape.

When Live at the Apollo was issued in 1963, it caught on immediately—based almost entirely on word of mouth. Some R&B radio stations chose to play the album in its entirety night after night until it became the "must have" album of the year. This was at a time when singles—not albums—were the big sellers. Only two other albums that year entered the Top 10 charts—both by the Beach Boys. Brown, a relative unknown singing in a new style, created an album that spent 66 weeks in Billboard's Top Ten, at one point reaching as high as #2. Live at the Apollo sold more than a million copies; made Brown a crossover phenomenon and enthroned him at the pinnacle of soul music; and became an essential part of any music lover's record collection.

 




Week of October 17, 2011
Event: Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra record "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," October 18, 1935

Birthday: Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, October 16, 1969

Week of October 10, 2011
Event: October 11, 1939 CBS Vibraphone Performer Dave Samuels Records "Body and Soul"

Birthday: Vibraphone Performer Dave Samuels, October 9, 1948

Week of October 3, 2011
Event: CBS Radio broadcasts The New York Philharmonic Orchestra live from Carnegie Hall for the first time, October 5, 1930

Birthday: Blues Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn, October 3, 1954

Week of September 26, 2011
Event: Composer Leonard Bernstein's musical West Side Story opens at New York's Winter Garden Theater, September 26, 1957

Birthday: Violinist and composer Jean-Luc Ponty, September 29, 1942

Week of September 19, 2011
Event: Fiddler on the Roof Open on Broadway Starting a Run that Extends to 3,242 Performances

Birthday: Cornetist Jim Cullum, Jr, September 20, 1941

Week of September 12, 2011
Event: The Metropolitan Opera Opens its New Opera House at New York's Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts

Birthday: Trumpeter Brian Lynch, September 12, 1956

Week of September 5, 2011
Event: Singer Songwriter, and Record Producer Otis Redding,
Records His Hit "(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay"

Birthday: Sonny Rollins, September 7, 1930

Week of August 29, 2011
Event: George Gershwin Completes the Orchestral Score for His Opera Porgy and Bess

Birthday: Charlie Parker, August 29, 1920

Week of August 22, 2011
Event: Charles G. Conn Receives a Patent for the Metal Clarinet

Birthday: Leonard Bernstein, August 25, 1918

Week of August 15, 2011
Event: The New York Times Reports that Dolby had Developed a Noise Reduction System for Album and Tape Recording

Birthday: Marc O'Connor, August 15, 1961

Week of August 08, 2011
Event: 14-Year-Old Benny Goodman Works as a Clarinet Player on a Lake Michigan Excursion Boat

Birthday: Pat Metheny, August 12, 1954

Week of August 01, 2011
Event: The Army of France Adds Saxophonesto its Military Bands

Birthday: Tony Bennett, August 3, 1926

Week of July 18, 2011
Event: First Newport Jazz Festival

Birthday: Carl Fontana Born July 18, 1928

Week of July 11, 2011
Event: "His Masters Voice" Trademark Registered

Birthday: Bélla Fleck Born July 10, 1958

Week of July 5, 2011
Event: Benny Goodman and His Band Record "Sing, Sing, Sing"

Birthday: Pinetop Perkins Born July 7, 1913

Week of June 27, 2011
Event: Cab Calloway and His Orchestra Record "St. James Infirmary""

Birthday: Pete Fountain Born July 3, 1930

Week of June 20, 2011
Event: 19 Year-Old Arturo Toscanini Conducts the Rio de Janeiro Orchestra in a Performance of "Aida"

Birthday: Lalo Schifrin Born June 21, 1932

Week of June 13, 2011
Event: New York Jazz Museum Opens

Birthday: Marcus Miller Born June 14, 1959

Week of June 06, 2011
Event: Jelly Roll Morton Records "Jelly Roll Blues" As a Piano Solo

Birthday: Bill Watrous Born June 08, 1939

Week of May 30, 2011
Event: 1962 Bandleader Benny Goodman Leads The First American Jazz Band to Play In The Soviet Union

Birthday: Benny Goodman Born May 30, 1909

Week of May 23, 2011
Event: "In a Precursor to Outdoor Rock Festivals, Ray Charles and B.B. King Perform For 9,000 Fans in Atlanta

Birthday: Miles Davis Born May 26, 1926

Week of May 16, 2011
Event: "When The Saints Go Marching In" Recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Birthday: Woody Herman Born May 16, 1913

Week of May 2, 2011
Event: New York's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center Announces Addition of Rock, Pop, and Jazz Concerts

Birthday: Maynard Ferguson Born May 4, 1928

Week of April 25, 2011
Event: At Decca Studios Charlie Parker Made His First Commercial Recording April 30, 1941

Birthday: Duke Ellington Born April 29, 1899

Week of April 18, 2011
Event: Pipeless Organ Patented by Laurens Hammond April 24, 1934

Birthday: Tito Puente Born April 20, 1923

Week of April 4, 2011
Event: Herp Alpert Born April 4, 1939

Birthday: Freddie Hubbard Born April 7, 1938

Week of March 28, 2011
Birthday: Michael Brecker Born March 29, 1949

Birthday: Herp Alpert Born March 31, 1935

Week of March 14, 2011
Event: Joseph Haydn's Surprise Symphony Is Performed for the First Time March 23, 1792

Birthday: Johann Sebastian Bach Born March 21, 1685

Week of March 7, 2011
Event: Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians Recorded Auld Lang Syne March 7, 1939

Birthday: Leon Bismark (Bix) Beiderbecke March 10, 1903

Week of February 28, 2011
Event: Miles Davis Records "Kind of Blue" on Columbia Records March 2, 1959
Birthday: Frédéric Chopin Marc 1, 1810

Week of February 21, 2011
Event: Duke Ellington Records "The Queen's Suite"
Birthday: Dexter Gordon February 27, 1923

Week of February 14, 2011
Event: Sonny Rollins Records his Title Track "The Bridge" February 14, 1962
Birthday: Buddy DeFranco February 17, 1923

Week of February 7, 2011
Event: Rhapsody in Blue is Performed for the First Time February 12, 1924
Birthday: Marion "Buddy" Childers February 12, 1926

Week of January 31, 2011
Event: Frank Sinatra Debuts on Radio's "Your Hit Parade" February 6, 1943
Birthday: Stanley "Stan" Getz February 2, 1927

Week of January 24, 2011
Event: Original Dixieland Jazz Band Makes the First Jazz Record January 30, 1917
Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart January 27, 1756

 



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