Lettuce has premiered a soulful new Jam in the Van performance filmed in New Orleans during Jazz Fest.
Premiered via The Pier Magazine, the video sees drummer Adam Deitch, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist and singer Nigel Hall, guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom, and saxophonist Ryan Zoidis squeeze into “the van” for an intimate performance of “Ready to Live”, off of Lettuce’s Grammy-nominated 2019 album Elevate. Jazz Fest patrons can be seen enjoying the performance from outside the mobile recording studio while the band fills the vehicle with its irresistible blend of soul and funk.
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The band lays into a fat groove at the start of the tune, but the song truly takes flight once Hall enters with a particularly soulful vocal performance. A sax solo by Ryan Zoidis gives the band a chance to stretch out in the small enclosed space, which has at this point become a prestigious enough venue, traveling to various high-profile events and hosting innumerable top-tier artists since launching in 2011. Nigel follows Zoidis with an electric organ solo before belting out the song’s final verse and chorus. He offers a soulful scream at the end of the tune, highlighting his impressive range of pitch.
Watch Lettuce perform “Ready to Live” for Jam in the Van New Orleans below.
Lettuce is currently aboard Jam Cruise 19, with upcoming tour dates in the South, Midwest, and Northeast, including stops at Resonate Suwannee, Backwoods Music Festival, and The Peach Music Festival as well as a residency at Blue Note Jazz Club. The band will also perform with the Chicago Philharmonic in March and with the Louisiana Philharmonic alongside Tower of Power in April. For a full list of tour dates and ticketing details, visit the band’s website.
Lettuce – “Ready To Live”