Friday, April 9, 2021 / 9:30 p.m.
Smooth Jazz JJZ presents
PIECES OF A DREAM with special guest MAYSA
and introducing JUSTIN-LEE SCHULTZ
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $56 (Reserved Seating)

James Lloyd and Curtis Harmon
Maysa
 

Pieces of a Dream emerged out of Philadelphia’s music scene in 1976, its name based on a cover tune by Stanley Turrentine that the group performed.

Keyboardist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon remain with the band after all these years. They were something special from the beginning. Lloyd and Harmon were swinging so hard as teenagers that the great Count Basie proclaimed them “a tough act to follow.”

But it was another jazz legend, the late Grover Washington Jr., the sax man who made Philadelphia his home, who helped Pieces of a Dream become the internationally known stars they are today. They have toured the world, sold over one million albums, and scored many smooth jazz and R&B radio hits while garnering legions of fans.

Justin-Lee Schultz

The youthful exuberance of those two Philly kids from the mid-1970’s is still

very much alive in the most fundamental and enduring components of the Pieces’ experience.

There are those rare few, gifted with the right stuff, who hang in there 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.

Maysa first gained fame as the featured voice on Incognito’s defining 1990’s era hits such as “Don’t You Worry About A Thing”, “Still A Friend of Mine” and “Deep Waters.” She then launched a concurrent solo career with the hits “Am I Wrong (For Lovin’ You),” “Friendly Pressure” and “Hypnotic Love.”

She is the kind of singer who takes hold of a song and enraptures her audience in the palm of her hands, as she delivers lyrics, phrases, melodies and harmonies in a way that only she can.

Blessed with an instantly identifiable honey-toned mezzo-soprano and an undeniably brilliant and magnetic stage presence, Maysa’s alluring vocals, candor, humor and purity are exquisite. Having collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan to Incognito and Angela Bofill, Maysa can hang with the best.

Maysa kicked off the fall of 2019 creating her untitled 14th studio album for her new record label Blue Velvet Soul Records.

Pianist Justin-Lee Schultz at just 12 years old not only displays remarkable virtuosity but profound artistic maturity as well.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Schultz began playing keyboards at the age of 5. It soon became quite evident that he possessed a talent well beyond his years and experience.