Ethan Eubanks’ Detroit Grease is a swinging organ trio which features the nimble keyboard work of Eric Finland and Al Street on guitar!
Ethan has been fascinated with organ trios since he was a kid growing up in the East Bay of San Francisco. One of his mentors (by luck) was longtime Jimmy Smith drummer, Donald “Duck” Bailey, regarded as one of the undisputed kings of organ jazz. Eubanks was mentored by “Duck" through his formative high school years, but it wasn’t really until later that Eubanks understood what a master he had been guided by.
"Before google, you couldn’t just type a guy’s name into a box and get all the answers, People and their history unfolded themselves slowly,” and so too was the case of Ethan’s appreciation for organ soul jazz and for his former teacher.
Ethan formed 'Detroit Grease’ to explore the good time feeling of that classic period. “The organ, can really bring a lot of warmth to a room, and soul,” Eubanks says, “there is something inherently welcoming about the sound, and even people that are somewhat apprehensive about jazz or improvised music in general, seem to be able to find a way in.” 'Detroit Grease’ plays soul jazz music from the 60’s and 70’s.
Ethan Eubanks has also played on critically acclaimed record releases by: Teddy Thompson, Juliana Hatfield, Crash Test Dummies, Joseph Arthur, Steve Forbert, and David Mead, as well as Grammy award winning records by the Klezmatics, and Stephen Colbert. Ethan has also been very active in the NYC Jingle scene. Touring and performance credits also include: Rachel Bloom, Joe Sample, Blondie, Dar Williams, Rufus Wainwright, Citizen Cope, Jim Campilongo, Jenni Muldaur, Emerson Hart (tonic), Vertical Horizon, Tracy Bonham, Ivy, Bill Sims Jr. and many others.