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Rickey Minor

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Rickey Minor
Born1957 (age 66–67)
Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresJazz, pop, R&B, rock, Soul
Occupation(s)music director, composer, music producer
Instrument(s)Bass, keyboards
Years active1985–present

Rickey Minor is an American bass player, music director, composer and music producer. He was the musical director and bandleader on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 2010 to 2014, taking over after Kevin Eubanks left.

Minor worked as musical director for American Idol.[1]

Minor has served as musical director for numerous superstar tours, including Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Ray Charles, Alicia Keys and Beyoncé and for television productions, including the Grammy Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and the Super Bowl. He has received twelve Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction, winning two of them, for Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America (2017) and The Kennedy Center Honors (2020).[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ Traveling with the Stars: American Idol's Rickey Minor.USA Today News
  2. ^ 'American Idol' Lures Musical Director Rickey Minor Back from 'Tonight Show'.thewrap.com
  3. ^ "Rickey Minor Talks Whitney Houston & More". GRAMMY.com. 2018-08-24. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  4. ^ Grobar, Matt (2019-08-15). "'Aretha!' Music Director Rickey Minor Recalls The First Time He Met The Queen Of Soul — Production Value Video Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  5. ^ "Nominations Search | Emmy Awards". Television Academy. Retrieved 2020-06-02.

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