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Eyal Vilner Big Band
Eyal Vilner emerges as one of the leading new voices in the New York big band scene. After performing at many of New York’s landmarks and top jazz festivals in Israel, The Eyal Vilner Big Band makes it’s debut performance at Birdland with a special holidays show celebrating their latest release – Hanukkah.

Inspired by Ellington’s Nutcracker, Vilner came up with 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 prestigious 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

“With multiple lyrical lines and harmonic boundaries shattered with alarming regularity The Eyal Vilner Big Band is scoring their own arrangement that should soon have them at the pinnacle of big band success. While keeping one foot firmly in the history and a keen lyrical eye on the present, Eyal Vilner is a formidable force to be reckoned with in the big band idiom.” 
~Brent Black, Critical Jazz

“(Vilner) revives a classic style of music and refines it to appeal to contemporary audiences. Vilner is all about showing beauty through music, coordinating instrument parts, layering them and integrating them into positively-charged melodies that are soothing on the ears and caressing to the soul.” ~Susan Frances, Yahoo!