Musician Kevin Eubanks

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 11, 2006

What can you tell us about Kevin Eubanks, Jay Leno's bandleader?
—Nancy Hanna, Little Falls, N.Y.

Often the butt of host Leno's good-natured jokes, Eubanks, 48, took over as leader of the The Tonight Show band in 1995. Growing up in Philadelphia, he studied violin at age 7, later becoming proficient on piano and trumpet. He fell in love with the guitar at a James Brown concert when he was 12, taught himself how to play and went on to study at Boston's Berklee School of Music, tour extensively and teach music at several esteemed universities in the United States and abroad. In addition to his work on Tonight, he has released 12 albums and written music for several TV movies and independent films, including the PBS documentary series Black Westerners.