On Saturday November 8th, 2008, the Cape May Jazz Festival held in Cape May, New Jersey will be hosting its 30th festival in 15 years and presenting a line-up of some of the greatest jazz artists alive. Back by popular demand, Pieces of a Dream-with some of their greatest hits including “Warm Weather,” “Mount Airy Groove” and “Fo Fi Fo”- are ready to bring out their brilliant beats at this 15th annual Cape May Jazz Festival.
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.
Long before the “Young Lions” era of Wynton Marsalis, Lloyd and Harmon were swinging so hard as teenagers that the great Count Basie once proclaimed them “a tough act to follow.” But it was the late jazz legend Grover Washington Jr., the sax man who made Philadelphia his home, who helped Pieces of a Dream become the internationally known innovators they are today.
After quickly becoming popular around Philadelphia, the trio landed a spot as the house band for a local television show called City Lights. One day while the teenagers were playing at the Bijou Theatre, Washington sat in with them to play “Mr. Magic.”
Soon after, he established his own production company and chose Pieces of a Dream as his first act. Since then, the star group has brilliantly stunned audiences all over the world for decades and will bring all of that energy to New Jersey’s Cape May Jazz Festival on November 8th, 2008.
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