Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Meet Rickey Minor, Jay Leno's new band leader

Less than 24 hours after Kevin Eubanks officially announced he was leaving "Tonight," it looks like Jay Leno has a new band leader: "American Idol" music director Rickey Minor.

Minor is the author of There's No Traffic on the Extra Mile: Lessons on the Road from Dreams to Destiny, which promises "juicy behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Idol contestants, and the keys to their success." He also "served as music director for nearly every major American awards show including the Grammys, the Emmys, and the Super Bowl."

According to the Associated Press, Minor is expected to debut on the show June 7, and he "will continue to consult with 'American Idol' creator Simon Fuller on various projects."

Now, the only question that remains is, can he laugh at Jay's jokes?