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Reminder: Eyal Vilner Big Band live at Dizzy=?ISO-8859-1?B?uQ==?= s Tuesday=?ISO-8859-1?B?rQ==?=Saturday, October 26=?ISO-8859-1?B?rQ==?=30

October 25, 2010

  To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo,

Jazz at Lincoln Center – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Tuesday–Saturday, October 26–30, 2010
(Tues.–Thurs. 11pm, Fri. & Sat. 12:45am)
33 West 60th Street, NYC

Eyal Vilner Big Band live at Dizzy’s!

  Fourteen of NYC’s finest young musicians performing intriguing new arrangements of jazz standards and originals.
A unique blend of traditional jazz music with new concepts, colors, and sounds!

Come and check out New York’s hottest new big band in their first week at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola! After playing NYC’s finest underground jazz clubs— Iridium, Smalls, Fat Cat, and Sweet Rhythm—the Eyal Vilner Big Band is going up Lincoln Center’s elevators to give you a show you won’t forget!


“…His talents for composing and arranging are outstanding!”
—jazz legend, pianist Junior Mance

“Eyal’s writing has daring and wit—much of it deeply in the tradition, some questing
          toward a convincing contemporary edge.”
—composer and arranger Kirk Nurock

Eyal Vilner, saxophonist/clarinetist/composer/arranger, lives in New York and collaborates with some of the finest musicians on the city’s jazz scene. The Eyal Vilner Big Band performs originals as well as new arrangements of jazz classics by composers such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Dizzy Gillespie.

After touring Israel in the summer of 2008, Mr. Vilner decided it was time to create a New York version of his Israeli all-star big band. New York City has always been the Jazz Capital of the World and has attracted the finest musicians from all around the globe. Vilner has gathered fourteen of the city’s best young professional musicians—representing five countries and four continents!

For the past two years, the Eyal Vilner Big Band has been performing at prestigious New York jazz clubs such as Iridium, Sweet Rhythm, Fat Cat, with a steady engagement at Smalls Jazz Club.

During the month of December 2009, the big band featured world-renowned jazz legends Mr. Junior Mance and Mr. Jimmy Owens.

Eyal Vilner Big Band features:

Eyal Vilner – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Compositions, Arrangements, Conducting
Yaala Ballin – Vocal
Cameron Johnson – Trumpet
Brandon Lee – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
John Mosca – Trombone (Wed-Fri)
Kevin Cerovich – Trombone

Andrew Gould – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Pablo Castano – Alto Saxophone, Flute
Ned Goold – Tenor Saxophone
Dan Block – Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
Jonah Parzen-Johnson – Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

Jonathan Riklis – Piano
Alexi David – Bass
Yonatan Rosen – Drums

  Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1985, Eyal started playing and composing at the early age of seven. He played the violin for six years and was accepted to the Tel-Aviv High School for the Arts. At fourteeen, he switched to saxophone as his principle instrument and joined the jazz program at his school. Eyal studied at the Israeli Conservatory, the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and participated in Matan, special workshops and music camps for excellent young musicians. Eyal performed as a sideman and as a leader on many of Israel’s prestigious stages, including Tel-Aviv Jazz and Blues Festival, Tel-Aviv Museum Jazz series, Shablul Jazz Club, The State Art Festival, Bereshit Festival, Hagada Hasmalit Club, and Milestone Jazz Club at Shuni Fortress.

In 2007, Eyal moved to New York and attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, receiving a generous scholarship. In 2009, Eyal was featured in the university’s newspaper as an “outstanding graduate.” For the past several years, Eyal has had the privilege of studying and playing with Charles Tolliver, Junior Mance, Jimmy Owens, Charli Persip’s Supersound, Bobby Sanabria, and Cecil Bridgewater. Eyal works with various ensembles as a leader and as a sideman and has performed in some of the city’s best venues, including Iridium, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Swing 46, Birdland, Smoke, Fat Cat, The Garage, Café Centro, and the Hudson River Park’s Stars of Tomorrow series.


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