Jazz Preview: Kevin Eubanks at Birdland/ Vijay Iyer and Friends at The Greene Space
Kevin Eubanks might be best remembered for the 15 years he spent as the bandleader on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but his career as one of today's leading jazz guitarists goes all the way back to the early 1980's, when he played with such luminaries as Art Blakey, Slide Hampton, McCoy Tyner and others. Eubanks is appearing all this week at Birdland in support of his new release, East West Time Line with an all-star lineup featuring Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Dave Holland (bass), and Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums). Tickets and info on the Birdland website.
Polymath pianist Vijay Iyer keeps a pretty busy schedule, but that didn't stop him from accepting the directorship of this year's Ojai Music Festival in California, where he's curated a lineup that reflects his own varied interests in jazz, classical and beyond. Tomorrow night at the WNYC Greene Space, Vijay offers an Ojai preview with several of this year's performers, including composer-trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, drummer-composer Tyshawn Sorey, violinist Jennifer Koh, and pioneering composer/scholar George Lewis. Tickets and info available on the Greene Space website.