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Musical Instrument Museum presents: Zoom Happy Hour with Kevin Eubanks

Scott Murdoch

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PHOENIX, AZ — Join the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) for “Zoom Happy Hour with Kevin Eubanks” on Thursday, June 17, from 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

This online event is free for MIM’s Producer Circle members. The reservation is open on June 16. To reserve your spot, email advancement@MIM.org or call 480-478-6062.

After the reservation, somebody from MIM will send Zoom instructions. If this is your first time using zoom, they can walk you step by step to sign in.

Lowell Pickett, artistic director for the MIM Music Theater, and Rich Walter, MIM’s curator for the United States, Canada and Europe, will moderate the Zoom session. Participants also can join the conversation.

Kevin Eubanks is one of the most talented guitar players of his time and was on his way to a successful jazz career when Branford Marsalis asked him to join the new band for Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show. Within several years, he was named the band leader, a position which he held for the next 15 years.

Eubanks took New York by storm as a young musician fresh out of school. His contemporary and straight-ahead jazz expertise was self-evident, and he was soon working with legends such as Art Blakey, Dave Holland, Roy Haynes, and Sam Rivers.

As the bandleader of The Tonight Show, he played with a seemingly endless list of notable musicians from a wide array of genres, cementing his public image as a lighthearted, quick-witted artist with a master’s touch on the guitar.

Eubanks is also a music educator. He has taught at Banff School for the Arts, Rutgers University, the Thelonious Monk Institute, and has an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.

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