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Leonard “Doc” Gibbs (1948–2021), celebrated percussionist and “Emeril Live” bandleader

by Linnea Crowther

Leonard “Doc” Gibbs was a master percussionist known for his time as the leader of the house band on “Emeril Live.”

Musical career

Gibbs was part of jazz saxophonist Grover Washington’s backing band in the 1970s. He went on to perform with notable artists including Whitney Houston (1963–2012), Anita Baker, Wyclef Jean, and Erykah Badu. In 1997, Gibbs became the musical director and bandleader for “Emeril Live,” the Food Network show hosted by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. He remained with “Emeril Live” until its 2007 cancellation. Gibbs was also a percussion instructor and a priest in the Yoruba faith.

Tributes to Leonard “Doc” Gibbs

Full obituary: Philadelphia Tribune

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