Kevin Eubanks


Kevin Eubanks is a member of a creative musical family and one of modern music’s most productive and original guitar voices. Eubanks is the former Music Director of the Tonight Show band during Jay Leno’s tenure, appearing on the show nightly for 18 years (1992-2010). After attending Berklee College of Music, Eubanks moved to New York and began playing such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Slide Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Sam Rivers, Roy Haynes, Ron Carter, Dave Holland and more. Kevin’s own bands have toured the globe, including U.S. State Department tours to Jordan, Pakistan, India, and Kuwait. Kevin has written scores for television and for full-length independent feature films. As an educator he served as the Artistic Director of the Jazz in the Classroom Program for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz from 2010-2012 where he worked with middle school and high school musicians in the Los Angeles public schools. In addition to his recording career, where his 2010 release Zen Food debuted in the Top Five of the Billboard Jazz Chart. His 2012 follow-up recording The Messenger was honored with a NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Jazz Album”. In addition to his touring activities, Kevin Eubanks facilitates and lectures at conferences across the country not only as a musician but also as a motivational speaker.