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Kevin Eubanks

An adept guitarist with a bent toward contemporary jazz, Kevin Eubanks is best known for leading Jay Leno's Tonight Show Band. Born in 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Eubanks grew up in a musical family along with his older brother, trombonist Robin, and younger brother, trumpeter Duane -- his uncle is pianist Ray Bryant. A talented musician by his teens, Eubanks eventually studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating, he played with a bevy of name musicians including drummer Roy Haynes and saxophonist Sam Rivers; he was also a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1980 to 1981. Eubanks made his solo recording debut with Guitarist on Elektra in 1982. He then signed with GRP and released seven albums, beginning with 1984's Sundance and ending with 1989's Promise of Tomorrow. Moving to Blue Note, Eubanks released several albums, including 1992's Turning Point, 1993's Spiritalk, 1994's Spiritalk 2, and 1994's Live at Bradley's. In 1992, he joined bandleader Branford Marsalis on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and in 1995, Eubanks took over the band when Marsalis left. His friendly chemistry and humorous repartee with Leno quickly established the guitarist as a household name. While the Tonight Show band was his focus during this time, Eubanks did release several albums on his own Insoul label. In 2009, he moved with Leno to lead the Primetime Band on NBC's short-lived The Jay Leno Show. In 2010, Eubanks left The Tonight Show shortly after Leno returned to host it again. That same year, Eubanks delivered the album Zen Food on Mack Avenue Records, and in 2012, he returned with his second Mack Avenue release, the stylistically eclectic The Messenger. In 2015, Eubanks paired up with innovative fellow guitarist/pianist Stanley Jordan for the eclectic covers album Duets. ~ Matt Collar
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Stations Featuring
Kevin Eubanks

    Jazz Holiday

    Jazz Holiday
    1 song

    Modern Jazz

    Modern Jazz
    2 songs

Albums by
Kevin Eubanks

Top Songs by
Kevin Eubanks

  1.   Song
  2.   Silver Bells
  3.   The Messenger
  4.   The Dancing Sea
  5.   Resolution
  6.   Contact
  7.   The Gloaming
  8.   Eye Spy
  9.   Aftermath, Pt. 2
  10.   Colors of One
  11.   Inside
  12.   Queen of Hearts
  13.   Spiral Ways
  14.   Freedom Child
  15.   Ghost Dog Blues
  16.   G.G.
  17.   Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  18.   The Dirty Monk
  19.   Offering
  20.   Adoration
  21.   Earth Party
  22.   Speak Low
  23.   Spider Monkey Café
  24.   6/8
  25.   Red Top
  26.   Initiation, Pt. 3
  27.   Songhouse
  28.   M.I.N.D.
  29.   On My Way to Paradise
  30.   This Place in Time
  31.   Landing
  32.   In a Sentimental Mood
  33.   Promise of Tomorrow
  34.   Jenna's Dream
  35.   Passage of the Prince
  36.   Hope
  37.   Eyes of a Lost Child
  38.   June in January
  39.   Haze
  40.   Cookin'
  41.   Led Boots
  42.   Journey
  43.   Cullerton Street
  44.   Angel With the Blues
  45.   Forbidden Romance
  46.   Someone Like You by Stanley Jordan
  47.   420
  48.   Jb
  49.   Das It
  50.   Shadow Prophets
  51.   Mice Mobsters
  52.   G-Town Hang
  53.   Twilight Tears
  54.   Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  55.   He Smiled the Sea
  56.   Going Outside
  57.   Union
  58.   Lingering Destiny
  59.   Alter Ego
  60.   Village Dance
  61.   Poem for a Sleeping Child
  62.   In Search of the Searcher
  63.   Sandra
  64.   The Story Teller
  65.   Blue Woven Dreams
  66.   Breeze
  67.   Spirit Talk
  68.   I Remember Loving You
  69.   Sister Veil
  70.   Turning Point, Pt. 1
  71.   Livin'
  72.   Forgotten Future
  73.   Straitjacket
  74.   Los Angeles
  75.   Opening Night
  76.   New World Order
  77.   Loved Ones

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