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Eyal Vilner Big Band
Birdland Jazz Club
Sun, Jun 23 Open: 4:30 pm | Show: 5:30 pm


The Eyal Vilner Big Band Celebrating their new album – Swingin’ Uptown.

Eyal Vilner is one of the leading new voices in the New York and global big band scene. Born in Tel Aviv, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, composer and bandleader Eyal moved to NYC in 2007 and started his big band the following year.The Eyal Vilner Big Band has been performing widely in New York City’s landmarks such as Lincoln Center, Works & Process at the Guggenheim, Birdland, Dizzy's Club, Smalls, Minton’s Playhouse, Harlem Jazzmobile and Central Park SummerStage. Internationally, Eyal has performed at the Red Sea Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv Museum, Jerusalem Theater; Ghent Festival, Belgium; Teatro Alameda, Spain; Théâtre Plaza, Montreal, as well as Paris Jazz Roots, the historical La Bellevilloise, LeDuc des Lombards,and Caveau de la Huchette in Paris, toname a few.

Swingin’ Uptown features 15 tracks including Vilner’s original compositions and his new arrangements of standards inspired by the band’s exchange with the Lindy Hop andswing dance worlds.Their music, which derives from the tradition of jazz, swing and the blues, strives to bring a unique voice to this beautiful art form. The big band’s first six albums: Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band, Almost Sunrise, Hanukkah, Swing Out!, Live in Washington Square Park!, and The Jam! received rave reviews and made it to the Top Jazz Radio Charts of the US and Canada.

Eyal's interest in the exchange between sound and movement within the jazz idiom inspired his musical journey and yielded collaborations with acclaimed dancers and choreographers. Among these projects are theater productions, dance festivals and competitions such as the International Lindy Hop Championships, Midsummer Night's Swing, and the celebrated SW!NG OUT show at the Joyce Theater (co-creator andmusical director). This show, which the New York Times has called "Groundbreaking,"has toured throughout the US, in venues such as the Jacob’s Pillow and the LA Music Center.