b. 25 October 1955, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The son of a music teacher and nephew of Ray Bryant, trombonist Eubanks was raised in a musical atmosphere. He studied theory, harmony and arranging at high school and college. After graduating cum laude from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he moved to New York in 1980 where he attracted favourable attention playing trombone in bands led by his younger brother, guitarist Kevin Eubanks. Robin has played with many leading artists, happily working in hard bop and free jazz contexts. The wide-ranging spectrum of artists and groups with whom he has performed and toured, sometimes arranging, composing and recording, has included Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner’s Big Band, the Mingus Big Band, Slide Hampton’s Jazz Masters, Elvin Jones’ Jazz Machine, and the Dave Holland Quintet. He appeared on J.J. Johnson’s 1997 Grammy nominated recording, The Brass Orchestra, as composer, arranger and featured soloist. He has also appeared with many non-jazz artists, including the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads and Barbra Streisand.
Eubanks has worked on several television shows and specials including The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and Motown At The Apollo. He has also worked on theatre and film projects. As leader of his own groups he has recorded and toured nationally and also in Europe and Japan. He is also very active in music education, not only teaching privately and holding seminars and clinics worldwide but also as Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. Eubanks is at the forefront of development of the ‘electric’ trombone. An immensely gifted musician, throughout his career Eubanks has shown himself capable of applying his formidable technique to the service of the music he plays. He is prominent among the generation of jazz musicians confidently carrying the music on into the new century.