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Kevin Eubanks

An adept guitarist with a bent toward contemporary jazz, Kevin Eubanks gained wide recognition as leader of the Tonight Show Band during Jay Leno's tenure as Tonight Show host. 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. Eubanks then paired up with innovative fellow guitarist/pianist Stanley Jordan for the eclectic 2015 covers album Duets. Two years later, he delivered the expansive East West Time Line, featuring appearances by saxophonist Bill Pierce, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, bassist Dave Holland, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and others. ~ 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.   Something About Nothing
  4.   Watercolors
  5.   Take the Coltrane
  6.   Cubano Chant
  7.   Carnival
  8.   Time Line
  9.   The Dancing Sea
  10.   What's Going On
  11.   Captain Señor Mouse
  12.   Poet
  13.   Resolution
  14.   The Messenger
  15.   My One and Only Love
  16.   Loved Ones
  17.   420
  18.   Eye Spy
  19.   Colors of One
  20.   Aftermath, Pt. 2
  21.   Ghost Dog Blues
  22.   Livin'
  23.   Das It
  24.   Freedom Child
  25.   On My Way to Paradise
  26.   In Search of the Searcher
  27.   Someone Like You by Stanley Jordan
  28.   Adoration
  29.   Spiral Ways
  30.   Spider Monkey Café
  31.   Journey
  32.   Los Angeles
  33.   Red Top
  34.   Union
  35.   Alter Ego
  36.   Angel With the Blues
  37.   Forbidden Romance
  38.   Queen of Hearts
  39.   The Dirty Monk
  40.   Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  41.   Jenna's Dream
  42.   In a Sentimental Mood
  43.   Hope
  44.   Going Outside
  45.   Speak Low
  46.   Landing
  47.   Songhouse
  48.   Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  49.   June in January
  50.   Led Boots
  51.   Initiation, Pt. 3
  52.   Inside
  53.   New World Order
  54.   Promise of Tomorrow
  55.   G.G.
  56.   This Place in Time
  57.   Cullerton Street
  58.   6/8
  59.   Haze
  60.   Cookin'
  61.   Breeze
  62.   Twilight Tears
  63.   Contact
  64.   Earth Party
  65.   Passage of the Prince
  66.   Mice Mobsters
  67.   Village Dance
  68.   He Smiled the Sea
  69.   G-Town Hang
  70.   Turning Point, Pt. 1
  71.   Straitjacket
  72.   M.I.N.D.
  73.   I Remember Loving You
  74.   Forgotten Future
  75.   Blue Woven Dreams
  76.   Lingering Destiny
  77.   Sandra
  78.   Shadow Prophets
  79.   The Story Teller
  80.   Poem for a Sleeping Child
  81.   Offering
  82.   Spirit Talk
  83.   Eyes of a Lost Child
  84.   Sister Veil
  85.   Jb
  86.   Opening Night
  87.   The Gloaming

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