Bassist Cedric Napoleon
, drummer Curtis Harmon
, and keyboardist James Lloyd
founded crossover jazz group Pieces of a Dream
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were teenagers at the time of their 1976 formation. Although they were jazz-oriented, the group also emphasized R&B and incorporated funk, quiet storm, hip-hop, new jack swing, and smooth jazz into their recordings, which often featured vocalists (including Barbara Walker, Eva Cassidy, and Maysa Leak). Grover Washington Jr. produced their first three albums -- Pieces of a Dream
, We Are One, and Imagine This -- all of which were released on Elektra from 1981 through 1983. Three additional '80s releases, including a pair co-produced by Lenny White, appeared on EMI-Manhattan. Saxophonist Ron Kerber
became a member in the 1990s -- an addition that preceded varied releases throughout that decade for Blue Note. In the early 2000s, Pieces of a Dream
moved to Cleveland's Heads Up label, where they remained for a decade. In 2013, they released In the Moment on Shanachie.