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Q&A: Leno sidekick Kevin Eubanks was 'Tonight Show' band member from start

Eubanks was in band from start

In the April 14 edition of the Times is an article reporting that Jay Leno's sidekick, Kevin Eubanks, is leaving the show. It further states that he has been aboard since Leno took over the Tonight Show in 1992. But I remember Brandon Marsalis was a bandleader/sidekick for Leno. Can you clarify?

Brandon Marsalis, 49, a saxophonist from New Orleans, was the original bandleader when Jay Leno took over the Tonight Show in 1992.

When he left in 1995, Leno turned the band over to Kevin Eubanks, 52, who was with the show's band from the beginning as a jazz guitarist.

Eubanks announced April 12 he would leave the show at year's end. He said he wants to tour and record.

You can read more about Eubanks on his website,

USA Network language offends

We enjoy the shows on the USA Network such as In Plain Sight and Burn Notice. But the new season has the characters using offensive expletives that are unnecessary to the plot. Where do we complain?

Network television language has gotten progressively saltier over the years, especially later in the evening, as networks attempt to compete with cable channels such as HBO and Showtime. At 9 p.m. (Burn Notice) and 10 p.m. (In Plain Sight), you're liable to hear all sorts of curse words you don't hear at 8 p.m.

Here's how you can communicate your unhappiness with this development at USA:

• You can call the NBC switchboard at (212) 664-4444, and ask to leave a message on the USA Network viewer hotline. Your complaint will be noted, but you won't be called back.

• You can write to the network at: USA Network, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10112.

• You can go to this website — — and fill out a form for sending an e-mail or join a forum and leave a message.

Yes, big baby really is theirs

I would like to know if baby Charlie, seen in the series Little People Big Charlie, is the couple's real son or just an actor.

Are you referring to the reality series Little Parents Big Charlie?

If so, the answer is yes, Charlie Hennon is the real-life son of Craig and Becky Hennon, who now live in Brunswick, Ohio, which is about 24 miles southwest of Cleveland. Both parents are dwarfs, while their son is not.

Charlie was born by caesarean delivery on Feb. 26, 2009. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

The show originally aired on TLC as Our Little Life, but has since moved to the Discovery Health Channel and was renamed. Eight episodes have been made, and the season finale is May 18.

Q&A: Leno sidekick Kevin Eubanks was 'Tonight Show' band member from start 05/06/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 6, 2010 10:14am]
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