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Playing the Guitar for Jazz

Saturday, Apr 9: Kevin Eubanks • jazz

Oliver Abels

Kevin Eubanks is a jazz guitarist and composer who began his career performing as a sideman with Art Blakey. His style is laid back, smooth and eloquent like one gets from a big hollow body loaded with flat-wound strings. Eubanks was the band leader for NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" for nigh on 15 years.

His accomplishments outside that elite cadre of musicians include teaching at Rutgers and the Berklee College of Music as well as jamming with folks like the aforementioned leader of the Jazz Messengers, the storied Oliver Lake Quartet and Jean Luc Ponty. His compositions are innovative and complex, yet highly listenable. Eubanks is touring with a quartet that includes Bill Pierce on sax, bassist Rene Camacho and Marvin "Smitty" Smit on sticks. On Saturday, April 9, at 7pm, the legendary string man and his group will perform in a concert to benefit the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. Tickets range in price from $20-100. KiMo Theatre • Sat Apr 9 • 7-9pm • $100 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar