Philadephia native and trumpeter Duane Eubanks has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Birdland to the Kennedy Center, in addition to touring throughout Europe and Japan. He has also been featured in “Jazz Times” and “All About Jazz” and was a recipient of two Grammy Awards for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album,” for his work in the Dave Holland Big Band albums, “What Goes Around” in 2002 and “Overtime” in 2005.
Duane's musically gifted family saw his potential at a young age and persuaded him into music at 11 years old. His mother, pianist Vera Eubanks (Kenny Barron's first piano teacher and a professional church pianist); his brothers – reknowned trombonist Robin Eubanks and guitarist Kevin Eubanks (the former bandleader of the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”); as well as his uncle, legendary pianist Ray Bryant, all contributed to his early music education. One of four boys, Duane inherited the trumpet from his brother Kevin (who had picked up the trumpet when he was younger), while his twin brother Shane picked up the trombone from their brother Robin.