Birdland Jazz Club, located at 315 W 44th St #5402, New York is excited to welcome bandleader, composer and saxophonist Eyal Vilner and his 17-piece big band on Sunday, December 9th at 6:00pm (doors: 5:00pm). Vilner emerges as one of the leading new voices on the New York big band scene. After performing at many of New York’s landmark venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center – Dizzy’s Club, Smalls, Iridium, Django and Central Park SummerStage, The Eyal Vilner Big Band will now make its debut performance at Birdland with a special holiday show celebrating their latest release – Hanukkah. Tickets for this performance are $30 and are available here.
Inspired by Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker, Vilner has created a uniquely original holiday offering. His latest release is an exciting and festive Hanukkah album that offers both harmonic sophistication and richness while staying lyrical, soulful and swinging. The album presents a new and original way to celebrate the beautiful repertoire of traditional Hanukkah songs, blending holiday melodies with sounds influenced by jazz and swing, Israeli, Jewish and Middle Eastern music, in addition to Brazilian Choro and Afro-Cuban rhythms.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, saxophonist/clarinetist/flutist-arranger/composer/conductor Eyal Vilner moved to New York in 2007 and graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2009. Since its inception in 2008, The Eyal Vilner Big Band has collaborated with some of the top jazz legends of our time, including NEA Jazz Masters Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath and Jimmy Owens, as well as young stellar vocalists: Charenée Wade, Brianna Thomas and Charles Turner. The big band performs Vilner’s new arrangements of jazz standards as well as his original compositions. The big band’s first two albums, Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band and Almost Sunrise, received rave reviews and stood strong on the American and Canadian Jazz Radio Charts.
“Eyal Vilner‘s skills as a musician are unquestionable, but his talents as a composer, arranger and bandleader are what’s truly on display on Introducing The Eyal Vilner Big Band, a remarkable debut recording from a group poised to take their place among the major big bands of the East. Vilner offers clever charts, excellent musicianship and an exciting new sound in the finest tradition of contemporary big band music.”
-Edward Blanco, All About Jazz NY