Bam! Emeril Band has ties to Pieces Of A Dream

The band on the American TV show Emeril Live has a strong connection to smooth jazz group Pieces Of A Dream. Now that's kicking it up a notch.

emshow.jpgIf you�ve ever watched Emeril Live on the Food Network, you know that the Emeril Live Band helps host Emeril Lagasse �kick it up a notch� with its grooving jazz sounds. In addition, Emeril has featured a number of smooth jzz artists on his show over the years, including Chris Botti, Mindi Abair, Al Jarreau, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler. But did you know that two of the Emeril Band Live players have connections to veteran smooth jazz group Pieces of a Dream?

Drummer and leader Leonard �Doc� Gibbs played on a Pieces of a Dream album from 1982, We Are One, and again in 1999 on Ahead to the Past. And keyboardist Cliff Starkey performed on several albums, including Goodbye Manhattan and In Flight.

�Doc Gibbs, of course, was the percussionist with Grover Washington Jr. for many years, so he�s an old friend from way back," says Pieces of Dream co-founder James Lloyd. The late Grover Washington Jr. and Pieces of Dream had a long association. "And Cliff played with Pieces for a while, so I feel proud when I see them on the show."

Lloyd admits, though, that he doesn't get much time to watch Emeril. He's either making his own music, including a brand-new CD called No Assembly Required, producing others' music (including Alexander Zonjic and Nestor Torres) at his studio in Youngstown, Ohio, or indulging in his out-of-music passion: cooking.

Sounds like Lloyd is a perfect fit for a guest spot on Emeril Live.