Time: July 15, 2010 from 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: Yoshi's San Francisco, CA
Street: 1330 Fillmore Street
City/State: San Francisco, California
Event Type: r&b
Organized By: Yoshi's
Latest Activity: Jul 9, 2010
In the world of jazz, commodities are fleeting. Styles come and go. Artists at the top of this week’s charts could be history by the end of next month. Words like “staying power” and “longevity” are for anyone or anything that sticks around for more than a couple
But then there are those rare few, gifted with the right stuff, who hang in for the long haul – musical collectives that continue to explore and evolve album after album, year after year, decade after decade, eschewing fashion and fad and reaching instead for something
much more permanent. This is the story of Pieces of a Dream, a contemporary jazz band that celebrated its 30th anniversary with the February 2006 release of Pillow Talk, their fourth album on Heads Up.
Pieces of a Dream emerged out of Philadelphia’s music scene in 1976. Keyboardist James Lloyd, drummer Curtis Harmon and former bassist Cedric Napoleon, were (and still are) managed by the drummer’s father and uncle, Danny and Bill Harmon, respectively. The group based their name on “Pieces of Dreams,” a cover tune by Stanley Turrentine that the group performed.
It’s innovation and eclecticism that keeps Pieces of a Dream fresh and authentic in a jazz world that’s ever-changing. “We will always be true to ourselves and our roots,” says Lloyd, “and at the same time try to stay in touch with the times.”