Lettuce is a funk band that originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992. Its members consist of guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Neal Evans (keyboards, hammond B-3 organ, piano), Adam Deitch (drums/percussion), Erick “E.D.” Coomes (bass), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone), and partial-member Rashawn Ross (trumpet). In 2011, trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom replaced Rashawn Ross in the band. They are known for their energetic live shows.
Lettuce began in the summer of 1992, when all of its members attended a music program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA as teenagers. Brought together by the influence of various funk bands including Herbie Hancock, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the band jammed throughout that summer before going their separate ways.
In the fall of 1994, the band reconvened as undergrads at Berklee and attempted to play at various Boston jazz clubs, walking in and asking the club owners and other musicians if they would “let us play”, giving birth to the name Lettuce.
Mainly from word of mouth, Lettuce began developing strong followings in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Tokyo. They released their first CD, Outta Here in 2001, followed by their Live in Tokyo album recorded at the Blue Note in 2003.