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

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