Derrick Murdock

Derrick Lee Murdock (aka “Dock,” born December 13, 1957) is an American bassist, composer and producer. He is best known as the bassist in The Tonight Show Band led by Kevin Eubanks on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2006–2011). He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Murdock has recorded and/or toured with talented performers such as Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks and the Tonight Show Band, Natalie Cole, Sheena Easton, BB King, Cedric the Entertainer, Gladys Knight, Patti Austin, Michael Bolton, Aaron Neville, Chuck Berry, Dr. Dre, Will Smith, Huey Lewis, Rose Royce, Mandrill, Jim Carrey, Bill Cosby, Solomon Burke, and Peter Frampton.

Professional music career

Murdock attended The College of Performing Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, 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 DVD’s on how to play the electric bass.

In 1992, he began touring with Miles Jaye and has had an active musical career since then. Some of the artists he has performed and/or recorded with include Sheena Easton, Michael Bolton, BB King, Chuck Berry, Dr. Dre, Will Smith, Huey Lewis, Rose Royce, Mandrill, Jim Carrey, Bill Cosby, Solomon Burke, 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, David Benoit, Hugh Masekela, Bobby Lyle, Bob Mamet, Jon Lucien, and Miles Jaye.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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 – 2011. Eubanks maintained his own band apart from the show to expand his personal music horizons. Murdock toured with this band on the weekends from 2007 – 2010 and performed with The Tonight Show Band through the 18th season of the show, when Eubanks left.

The Jay Leno Show

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 2009–2010 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.


Derrick uses the TC Electronic RH450 head, RS210, RS410, RS212 cabinet and Roland Cube-120XL for amplification. He plays on basses from Fender, Ken Smith, and Demars Guitars.

Selected discography

With Bryan Savage

  • Soul Temptation (1998)

With Bob Mamet

  • Adventures in Jazz (1997)

With Goin Public

  • Free Exchange (1996)

With The Jazz Crusaders

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

With Mandrill

  • Driving While Black and Brown (2001)

With Rose Royce

  • Greatest Hits (2002)
  • Greatest Hits: Studio Cut CD (2009)
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