Tower hosts guitar dazzlers Eubanks and Jordan

Published Mar 1, 2013 at 04:00AM

Fans of eye-popping jazz and fusion guitar playing have plans Sunday night.

That’s when Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan will stop by Bend’s Tower Theatre for an evening of fret-shredding and note-bending good times.

Both dudes are virtuosos on their instruments. Eubanks is best known for his 15-year stint as the bandleader on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” but since departing that gig in 2010, he has refocused on his own music. His most recent album, “The Messenger,” came out Feb. 19. The New York Times called it “an amalgam of funk and fusion” that is “his most satisfying (release) in more than a decade.”

Jordan’s most recent work, 2011’s “Friends,” showcases not only the guitarist’s connections — guests include Charlie Hunter, Christian McBride and Nicolas Payton — but also his nimble fingers. Jordan is famous for his use of the two-handed tapping technique, in which the player eschews typical chording-and-strumming guitar in favor of using eight or nine fingers to play more polyphonic sounds. Look it up on YouTube, it’ll make more sense than if I try to explain it.

Anyway, Eubanks and Jordan will each perform their own set, according to the Tower’s website, before returning to the stage for a collaborative finale. Hope the Tower budgeted for some drool cleanup the next morning.

Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan; 7:30 p.m. Sunday; $32, $37 and $47, plus fees, available through the venue; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; www.towertheatre.org or 541-317-0700.