For more than two decades, Lettuce has been serenading the masses with their mix of funk and hip-hop. Fatefully formed in 1992, when some of the members attended a summer music program at Boston’s Berklee College, Lettuce was founded on a mutual love for legendary funk artists like Herbie Hancock, Tower of Power, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Although the band had to go their separate ways after that summer, they were reunited once again in 1994 as undergrads at Berklee.
Now, on their fourth studio album Crush, drummer Adam Dietch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Eric Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet player Eric Bloom have become known for their energetic live shows. While attending Berklee, the band attempted playing at various jazz clubs, walking in and asking club owners if they would “let us play”, giving birth to the name Lettuce. Although they started playing in local clubs they steadily built up a following in cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Tokyo.
Many of the songs on the band’s latest album came into fruition during live shows out of a desire to play new material. The band would play the new songs during their shows to keep things exciting and fun, so that fans in each city would have an individual experience. The self-produced album has reached number one on the U.S. Jazz Albums chart.
In addition to playing with Lettuce, many of the members have achieved individual success of their own in other parts of the music industry. Krasno and Evans are also members of the jazz/organ trio Soulive, Coomes is a studio and touring bass player for artists such as Britney Spears and The Game, Deitch is a producer who has worked with Wyclef Jean, Smirnoff has toured with Lady Gaga, and Zoidis is also a member is the Rustic Overtones.
Lettuce has earned their name as a can’t-miss live musical act. Their new album, Crush, is available now. For more information, visit www.lettucefunk.com
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