Kevin Eubanks Bio, Age, Girlfriend, Career, Discography And Net Worth.

Kevin Eubanks Biography

Kevin Eubanks born Kevin Tyrone Eubanks is an American jazz and fusion guitarist and composer. He was the leader of The Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno from 1995 to 2010. He also led the Primetime Band on the short-lived The Jay Leno Show.

Kevin Eubanks Age

Kevin Tyrone Eubanks was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S on November 15, 1957. As of 2018, he is 61 years.

Kevin Eubanks Family

Kevin Tyrone Eubanks was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S to his mother, Vera Eubanks, is a gospel and classical pianist and organist. His uncle, Ray Bryant, was a jazz pianist. His older brother, Robin Eubanks, is a trombonist, and his younger brother Duane Eubanks is a trumpeter. Two cousins are also musicians, the late bassist David Eubanks and the pianist Charles Eubanks.

Kevin studied violin and trumpet before settling on the guitar. As an elementary school student, he was trained in violin, trumpet, and piano at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. He later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and then moved to New York to begin his professional career.

Eubanks is a pescetarian and maintains a Phil Valentine diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, egg whites, and fish. He is also an avid fan of Philadelphia sports teams. He once lost a bet on the Philadelphia 76ers, and he was forced to eat a corn dog when he lost. In 2007, he was voted PETA’s “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian Man”

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Kevin Eubanks Girlfriend

There is no information about his dating life or who he has dated in the past or present.

Kevin Eubanks Career

After Eubanks moved to New York, he began performing with noted jazzmen such as Art Blakey (1980–81), Roy Haynes, Slide Hampton and Sam Rivers. Like his brother Robin, he has played on record with double bassist Dave Holland. In 1983, while continuing to perform with others, he formed his own quartet, playing gigs in Jordan, Pakistan, and India on a tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department.


His first recording as a leader, Guitarist, was released on the Elektra label when Eubanks was 25 years old. It led to a seven-album contract with the GRP label and four albums for Blue Note. In total, Eubanks has appeared on over 100 albums. In 2001, he founded the label Insoul Music on which he has released six albums.

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Eubanks has taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada, at Rutgers University, and at the Charlie Parker School in Perugia, Italy. In 2005, Eubanks received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Berklee College of Music. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and has served as an active member of the Artistic Advisory Panel of the BMI Foundation since 1999.

The Tonight Show

In 1992, Eubanks moved to the West Coast to play guitar in The Tonight Show Band. He composed “Kevin’s Country,” the closing theme music for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 1995, he replaced Branford Marsalis as leader of the band.

When NBC moved Leno’s show from late night to prime time, Eubanks moved with the band to continue conducting music for the short-lived The Jay Leno Show. Eubanks appeared on the new show as The Primetime Band.

On April 12, 2010, Eubanks announced on the show that he would be leaving The Tonight Show following its 18th season. His last show was on Friday, May 28, 2010. He indicated in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer that he wanted to concentrate on music, adding that his leaving was not provoked by any problems with Leno or NBC. Following his departure from The Tonight Show, he began touring with bandmate Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums and Bill Pierce on saxophone.


On his website, Eubanks states his preference for Abe Rivera guitars, Mesa/Boogie amplifiers, and D’Addario guitar strings.

Kevin Eubanks Net Worth

Eubanks is a jazz guitarist and composer most famous for being the bandleader on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1995-2010. His annual salary as leader of The Tonight Show band was $5 million.  Currently, he has an estimated net worth of $25 million.

Kevin Eubanks Discography

As a leader

  • Guitarist (Elektra Musician, 1983)
  • Sundance (GRP, 1984)
  • Opening Night (GRP, 1985)
  • Face to Face (GRP, 1986)
  • Heat of Heat (GRP, 1987)
  • Shadow Prophets (GRP, 1988)
  • The Searcher (GRP, 1989)
  • Promise of Tomorrow (GRP, 1990)
  • Turning Point (Blue Note, 1992)
  • Spirit Talk (Blue Note, 1993)
  • Live at Bradley’s (Blue Note, 1994)
  • Spirit Talk 2 – Revelations (Blue Note, 1995)
  • Zen Food (Mack Avenue, 2010)
  • The Messenger (Mack Avenue, 2012)
  • Duets with Stanley Jordan (Mack Avenue, 2015)
  • East West Time Line (Mack Avenue, 2017)

As sideman

  • Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers − Live at Montreux and Northsea (Timeless, 1980)
  • Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame − Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame, Vol.1 (Atlantic, 1983)
  • The Young Lions (Electra, 1983)
  • Urszula Dudziak − Sorrow Is Not Forever… But Love Is (Keytone, 1983)
  • James Williams − Alter Ego (Sunnyside, 1984)
  • Kirk Lightsey Trio with Chet Baker – Everything Happens to Me (Timeless, 1983)
  • Oliver Lake Quintet − Expandable Language (Black Saint, 1985)
  • Billy Hart − Oshumare (Gramavision, 1985)
  • Meredith D’Ambrosio − It’s Your Dance (Sunnyside, 1985)
  • James Williams Sextet − Progress Report (Sunnyside, 1985)
  • The Mike Gibbs Orchestra − Big Music (Venture, 1988)
  • Billy Hart − Rah (Gramavision, 1988)
  • Robin Eubanks − Different Perspectives (JMT, 1989)
  • Dave Holland Quartet − Extensions (ECM, 1989)
  • Greg Osby − Season of Renewal (JMT, 1990)
  • Gary Thomas − While the Gate Is Open (JMT, 1990)
  • Gary Thomas − The Kold Kage (JMT, 1991)
  • Robin Eubanks − Karma (JMT, 1991)
  • Kirk Lightsey Trio − From Kirk to Nat (Criss Cross Jazz, 1991)
  • Steve Coleman − Rhythm in Mind (Novus, 1992)
  • Harold Mabern – The Leading Man (DIW, 1993)
  • Ralph Moore – Round Trip (Reservoir, 1985 [1987])
  • Jean-Luc Ponty − No Absolute Time (Atlantic, 1993)
  • Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures − Skyway (Soul Note, 1994)
  • Dianne Reeves − That Day (Blue Note, 1997)
  • Terri Lyne Carrington − Jazz Is a Spirit (ACT, 2002)
  • Carmen Lundy − Moment to Moment (Afrasia, 2007)
  • Dave Holland − Prism (Okeh/Dare2, 2013)
  • Orrin Evans – #knowingishalfthebattle (Smoke Sessions, 2017)

Kevin Eubanks Tonight Show

Kevin Eubanks and the Tonight Show Band was the house band of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It previously served as the house band of The Jay Leno Show and was the house band of the first incarnation of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1995 to 2009 and then for the first few months of the second incarnation of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2010.

The band was active between 1995 and 2010, as Kevin Eubanks took over The Tonight Show Band for the departing Branford Marsalis in 1995. Eubanks had been a member of Marsalis’s band since Leno’s debut in 1992. Eubanks and the band moved, along with host Jay Leno, to The Jay Leno Show when it moved to prime time in 2009, performing under the title Kevin Eubanks and the Primetime Band.

However, in February 2010, Eubanks announced that both he and the band would be leaving the show shortly after The Tonight Show with Jay Leno returned in March, Kevin Eubanks final appearance was on May 28, 2010. Rickey Minor replaced Eubanks beginning June 7, 2010, bringing with him his own band of musicians and forming Rickey Minor and The Tonight Show Band.