Eyal Vilner Big Band swings it out of the park with Hot House

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by Gwen Kelly

Bandleader, multi-instrumentalist (alto sax, clarinet, flute) and arranger Eyal Vilner’s aesthetic is pure swing era. He’s built a big band of top Big Apple musicians dedicated to playing swinging jazz for dancers. He’s really serious about that goal, having recorded his latest album, Swing Out!, in a studio with dancers. The self-produced CD also includes BPM’s (beats per minute) for the dozen tunes, which range from New Orleans staples to Count Basie and Benny Goodman band numbers. As a plus, Eyal’s band includes vocalist Brianna Thomas, who adds a vocalese solo to trombonist Trummy Young’s solo with Basie on Duke Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone.” This outdoor gig at Lincoln Center is perfect for Eyal’s ensemble, as it includes a dance floor. GK

Photo Credit:  Nina Galicheva

July 10, 2019

CD Release Show at Midsummer Night Swing!

Damrosch Park

70 Lincoln Center Plz, NYC


Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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