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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicTelevision · 1 decade ago

Who is the black guy that plays the guitar on Jay Leno?

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  • G. M.
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    Guitarist Kevin Eubanks – who often good-naturedly serves as a comic foil for host Jay Leno -- was officially named music director of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in April 1995 after filling in since January 30, 1995 for the band’s original director, saxophonist Branford Marsalis.

    Eubanks, one of the most prolific jazz guitarists in the country, has been a key member of “The Tonight Show” band since the program premiered in May 1992, and he wrote the show’s closing theme song, “Kevin’s Country.”

    In addition to his television work, Eubanks has released “Live at Bradley’s,” the 12th album in his 17-year recording career (not including a greatest hits collection), on which he collaborated with James Williams (piano) and Robert Hurst (bass) in a spontaneous, nowhere-to-hide trio format. The album was produced by Eubanks and Michael Cuscuan from 1994 performance.

    Eubanks also scored the HBO Pictures presentation, “Rebound,” directed by “ER’s” Eriq La Salle and composed the score for the five-part PBS documentary series, “Black Westerners,” which traces the story for African-American leaders, heroes and others who lived in the old West.

    In addition, Eubanks grew up in Philadelphia, where he began studying the violin at the age of 7 and later became proficient on the piano and trumpet, as well. He recalls falling in love with the guitar at a memorable James Brown concert he attended at age 12 and afterward, when he told his parents he would like to add guitar to his repertoire, they were less than excited and turned down his request for lessons. Undaunted, he acquired a guitar and began teaching himself.

    Eubanks has toured extensively and recorded with many top jazz artists, including Branford Marsalis. With his own group, Eubanks recorded “Opening Nights,” featuring Marsalis and Buster Williams, and “Face to Face,” featuring Dave Grusin and Ron Carter. His 1988 album, “Shadow Prophets,” received more radio airplay than any other jazz recording that year. His most recent album, “Spiritalk 2, Revelations,” a followup to last year’s “Spirit Talk,” is a collection of adventurous jazz pieces representing a significant surge of the music’s evolution and the momentum of Eubank’s career.

    Eubanks lists Wes Montgomery, John McLaughlin and Jimi Hendrix as his major musical influences. He attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

    GERRY ETKINS

    Keyboard

    KEVIN EUBANKS

    Music Director

    MATT FINDERS

    Trombone

    JAY LENO

    Host

    JOHN MELENDEZ

    Announcer

    RALPH MOORE

    Saxophone

    VICKI RANDLE

    Percussion, Vocals

    STANLEY SARGEANT

    Bass

    MARVIN 'SMITTY' SMITH

    Drummer

    LEE THORNBURG

    Trumpet

  • 1 decade ago

    Kevin Eubanks

  • 1 decade ago

    Kevin Eubanks

  • 1 decade ago

    Kevin

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  • 1 decade ago

    theres a black guy on Jay Leno?

  • Akeja
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    kevin eubanks

  • 1 decade ago

    Keven Eubanks (and the tonight show band). :)

  • 1 decade ago

    that would have to be Kevin Eubanks...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    his father is a preacher from the philly area

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Kevin (Don't know last name)

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