Philadelphia native and trumpeter, Duane Eubanks has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Birdland to the Kennedy Center, in addition to touring throughout Europe and Japan. He is a member of Dave Holland's two-time Grammy Award winning big band and the late Mulgrew Miller's band, Wingspan.
Duane was born into a family of musically gifted talent. His mother, pianist Vera Eubanks was Kenny Barron's first piano teacher and a professional church pianist; his brothers, renowned trombonist, Robin Eubanks and guitarist, Kevin Eubanks, former bandleader of the "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"; as well as his uncle, legendary pianist Ray Bryant all contributed to his early music education.
Duane started playing trumpet for the first time at age eleven, but didn't consider music as a career until college. While studying for Business Administration degree at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Duane joined the university's jazz band, which afforded him opportunities to play with jazz luminaries such as Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Scott, Charles Fambrough and Clark Terry.
After graduated from college, Duane studied jazz at Temple University. He performed admirably in master classes with Dr. Billy Taylor and Wynton Marsalis. In addition to his formal jazz education, Duane took two years of private lessons with famed trumpeter Johnny Coles, who became one of his primary mentors. The years of study and continual encouragement from Robin and Kevin motivated Duane to take on his ultimate challenge. In 1996, he moved to New York with his good friend and musical partner, Orrin Evans.
Duane has worked with saxophonists Bootsie Barnes, Jeff King, J.D. Allen, Bill McHenry, and Antonio Hart; drummer Louis Hayes, Jeff Williams, and Elvin Jones; trumpeters Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, and Nicholas Payton; bassists Eric Revis and Avery Sharpe; pianists Mulgrew Miller, John Hicks and Orrin Evans, and trombonists Robin Eubanks and Curtis Fuller, among others.