Kevin Eubanks Parts Ways With Leno, Replaced With ‘Idol’s’ Rickey Minor
April 14, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Kevin Eubanks made his departure from Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show official this week. The longtime bandleader and comedic sidekick announced he will leave the show on May 28. And his replacement will be Emmy Award winning “American Idol” music director Rickey Minor.
Eubanks has been with The Tonight Show, since 1992. He took over as musical directer when Branford Marsalis left three-years later. Eubanks followed Leno to his short-lived prime-time gig. After nearly 20-years on the late night program, Eubanks decided to pursue touring and recording opportunities.
Besides his Idol experience, Minor will bring a long history of directing such events, as the Super Bowl and the Grammy Awards to The Tonight Show. But will he gel with Leno, as Eubanks has? By all accounts, Minor’s successful stint with American Idol should serve him well in his new role.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter