Eyal Vilner Big Band Comes to Birdland Jazz Club
This weekend, the renowned Eyal Vilner Big Band will blow the roof off of Birdland Jazz Club for a special holiday show! The show is this Sunday at 6:00pm (doors open at 5:00pm). This is Vilner's debut performance at the iconic club, known as the Jazz Corner of the World. Tickets 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.