Jonathan Cohen, the music booker for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, is leaving the program. A spokesperson for NBC has confirmed the move, though neither the network nor Cohen offered comment.
Cohen started with Fallon when the comedian began hosting Late Night back in 2009. He moved with the host to Tonight Show and started his tenure there by booking U2, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and Tim McGraw for the very first week of the show. Over the course of his time with Fallon, he’s given acts like Lorde and Disclosure their first chance at US network TV airtime; shone a light on indie artists like Tyler, The Creator and Sky Ferreira; brought The Replacements back to NBC studios; and dedicated entire weeks to acts like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.
Cohen also is the author of Pearl Jam 20 and a former senior editor for Billboard. Below, revisit our interview with the booker back when he first started on The Tonight Show.