From birth, in his Detroit home, Charles Eubanks 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.
Sounds…In A HeartBeat (idependently produced audio and video); Sounds…Heartstrong; Sounds…OverTime; Sounds…Over Time II; New Beginnings
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
CANO’s monthly “Music at the Mansion” series presents a variety of musical talent, beginning with open mic & followed by a featured performance. Free & open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. CANO’s performance space in the historic Wilber Mansion, with Kawai baby grand piano, is ideal for musicians and vocalists of all ages and experience levels, performing solo, with accompaniment or in small ensemble. Pre-registration is not required for the open mic. Walk-ins welcomed!
Doors open at 6pm…Please arrive by 6:15. Open mic session begins promptly at 6:30 – 7:00pm, followed by a brief intermission & refreshments. The featured performance is approximately 45-60 min. Music@Mansion events are on the 2nd Thursday each month – for May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8. Contact coordinator Doug Hallberg via FB, firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-8718 for more information and to be included in the schedule.