Kevin Tyrone Eubanks
Band Leader on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
11/15/1957, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Guest Star (11)
Music Supervisor (1)
Kevin Eubanks comes from a very musical family. Brother Robin Eubanks is a fine trombone player, Ray Bryant is his uncle and his mother, Vera, is a Doctor of Music. Kevin studied guitar at Berklee College Of Music And with Ted Dunbar. Throughout his teens he he modelled his style largely on the fiery playing of John McLaughin, but from the age of 22 he was more influenced by the gentler approach of Wes Montgomery. The Montgomery pedigree is evident in his work, but he also admires Segovia, George Benson And Oscar Peterson. From 1980-81 he was with Art blakely's Jazz Messengers. He has also worked with Roy Haynes,Slide Hampton,Gary Thomas (While The Gate is Open) And Mike Gibbs (BigMusic). He has made a reputation and a living from smooth, well-produced contemporary fusion, but is quite capable of more challenging playing, as shown by his work on Dave Holland's highly acclaimed 1990 Extensions. Eubanks found his perfect niche as part of the GRP Records stable of artists, although he left the label in 1991 and signed with the illustrious Blue Note Records.
He went on to do the Tonight Show With Jay Leno And Many Guest Star/Cameo Appearences.moreless
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
- Trivia & Quotes
He is the brother of trombonist, Robin Eubanks.
Kevin Eubanks decided to play the guitar after seeing a James Brown concert.
In an episode of Scrubs, JD goes to the "happy place" in his mind and sees himself as Kevin Eubanks, imitating Kevin's laugh to a joke told by Jay Leno.
Some of his favorite guitars are made by Abe Rivera.
He is known for his enthusiastic and amused laughter at many of Jay Leno's jokes.