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Kevin Eubanks

Infinity Hartford


Fri, May 26, 2017
Hartford, CT
Show at 8:30 PM

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Price: $29 - $49

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Jazz / Jazz Fusion
Kevin Eubanks

Jazz fusion virtuoso, composer, master of the jazz guitar, and lead of the ‘Tonight Show Band’ with Jay Leno from ’95-2010 – Kevin Eubanks makes his debut on our Infinity Hall Hartford stage. Check out the video for some smooth licks with some rock and funk undertones. Come enjoy an evening with one of the best Jazz cats around. Grab your tickets now!

Kevin Eubanks

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Artist Bio

As an elementary school student, Eubanks 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.

After Eubanks moved to New York, he began performing with noted jazzmen such as Art Blakey (1980–81), Roy HaynesSlide Hampton and Sam Rivers. Like his brother Robin, he has played on record with double bassist Dave Holland.[3] In 1983, while continuing to perform with others, he formed his own quartet, playing gigs in JordanPakistan, 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.

In 1992, Eubanks moved to the West Coast to assume the guitar spot in The Tonight Show Band. At this time, he composed The Tonight Show with Jay Leno's closing theme music, "Kevin's Country".[4] In 1995, Eubanks replaced Branford Marsalis to become the leader of The Tonight Show Band. He served in this capacity from 1995 to 2010.

When NBC moved Leno's show from late night to primetime (10PM in the Eastern time zone), Eubanks moved with the band to continue conducting the music for the short-lived The Jay Leno Show. Eubanks appeared on the new show as The Primetime Band. It was announced on February 16, 2010 that Eubanks would only be returning for a short time as band leader when Jay Leno began his second tenure on The Tonight Show.[5]

On April 12, 2010, Eubanks announced on the show that he would be leaving The Tonight Show following its 18th season.[6] His last show was on Friday, May 28, 2010. Eubanks indicated in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer that he wanted to refocus on music, adding that his leaving was not provoked by any problems with Leno or NBC.[7]Following his departure from The Tonight Show, Eubanks began touring with band mate Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums and Bill Pierce on sax.

On February 21, 2013, Eubanks had a performance slot on The Tonight Show, and then joined Leno for an interview.

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