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

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