Derrick Murdock

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Derrick Murdock
Derrick Murdock in the control room at the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Derrick Murdock in the control room
at the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Background information
Birth nameDerrick Lee Murdock
Born (1957-12-13) December 13, 1957 (age 63)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
GenresFunk, R&B, Rock, Latin, jazz, jazz fusion
InstrumentsElectric bass
Years active1988–present
Associated actsThe Tonight Show Band, Frank Gambale

Derrick Lee Murdock (aka "Dock," born December 13, 1957 in Philadelphia) is an American Bassist, Composer and Producer. He is best known as the former house bassist on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno led by Musical Conductor Kevin Eubanks on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from (2006–2011).[1][2] He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Professional music career[edit]

Murdock attended the College of Performing Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and studied under Craig Thomas. His previous mentors include Al Stauffer and Tony Smith, a solo bassist who is best known for creating self-instructional DVDs on how to play the electric bass.

In 1992, Murdock began touring with Miles Jaye and has had an active musical career since. Some of the artists he has performed and/or recorded with include Sheena Easton, Capital Cities, Michael Bolton, BB King, Chuck Berry, Dr. Dre, Will Smith, Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Huey Lewis, Rose Royce, Mandrill, Cedric the Entertainer, Jim Carrey, Bill Cosby, Solomon Burke, The 5th Dimension, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., Peter Frampton, The Jazz Crusaders, Frank Gambale, Tom Scott, Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Cherrelle, The Dazz Band, Deniece Williams, Andraé Crouch, Bobby Caldwell, Angela Bofill, Thelma Houston, David Benoit, Hugh Masekela, Bobby Lyle, Bob Mamet, Jon Lucien, and Miles Jaye.[1][3][4]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno[edit]

In 2004, Murdock ran into Kevin Eubanks in Las Vegas and began working with his band before joining The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 2006 to 2011. Eubanks maintained his own band apart from the show to expand his personal music horizons.[5] Murdock toured with this band on the weekends from 2007 to 2010[citation needed] and performed with the Tonight Show Band through the 18th season of the show, when Eubanks left.

The Jay Leno Show[edit]

Kevin Eubanks and the Tonight Show Band became The Primetime Band as The Tonight Show transitioned into The Jay Leno Show. The short-lived series aired at 10 PM for four months from 2009 to 2010 but was cancelled due to poor ratings and time slot conflicts with other shows. Although several members of the band left, Murdock was one of the few who stayed with Eubanks through the Primetime Band and the Tonight Show.


Murdock uses the TC Electronic RH450 head, RS210, RS410, RS212[6] cabinet and Roland Cube-120XL[7] for amplification. He plays on basses by Fender, Ken Smith, and Demars Guitars.[8]

Selected discography[edit]

With Bryan Savage

  • Soul Temptation (1998)[9]

With Bob Mamet

  • Adventures in Jazz (1997)[10]

With Goin Public

  • Free Exchange (1996)[11]

With the Jazz Crusaders

  • Power of Our Music: The Endangered Species (2000)[12]

With Mandrill

  • Driving While Black and Brown (2001)[13]

With Rose Royce

  • Greatest Hits (2002)[14]
  • Greatest Hits: Studio Cut CD (2009)[15]


  1. ^ a b Whiting, Amanda. "Roland U.S. – Insider – Derrick Murdock – Holding Down the Bottom End for Jay Leno with Roland's V-Bass System". Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  2. ^ Eaddy, Rebecca. "Roland U.S. – Press Releases – ROLAND VB-99 ARTIST INTERVIEW SERIES NOW ONLINE". Archived from the original on November 23, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  3. ^ "Player Spotlight: Derrick Lee Murdock". Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "OnBoard Research". Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  5. ^ Parkin, Sarah. "Kevin Eubanks Biography". Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "TC Electronic – Artists – Derrick Lee Murdock (Jay Leno Show and the Prime Time band)". Archived from the original on November 9, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  7. ^ Whiting, Amanda. "ROLAND VB-99 ARTIST INTERVIEW SERIES NOW ONLINE" (PDF). Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "Derrick Murdock: Jay Leno's Bass Man". Archived from the original on June 20, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  9. ^ "Soul Temptation – Bryan Savage : Credits : AllMusic". Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  10. ^ "Bob Mamet – Adventures in Jazz CD Album". Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  11. ^ "Goin Public – Free Exchange CD Album". Retrieved July 25, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Power of Our Music: The Endangered Species – The Jazz Crusaders : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  13. ^ "Driving While Black and Brown – Mandrill". Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  14. ^ "Rose Royce – Greatest Hits". Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  15. ^ "Rose Royce – Greatest Hits: Studio Cuts CD Album". Retrieved July 24, 2012.

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