Leonard Gibbs

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Leonard William Gibbs Jr. (November 8, 1948 – September 15, 2021), also known as Doc Gibbs, was an American percussionist. Gibbs studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1970s. He has toured with artists such as Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Bob James, Ricki Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, Grover Washington, Jr., Wyclef Jean, Erykah Badu, Eric Bennett, and James Poyser. He acquired the nickname "Doc" after suggesting herbal remedies to jazz saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr.[1]

He headed the house band on the popular Food Network television show Emeril Live hosted by Emeril Lagasse, until it was cancelled in December 2007.

Gibbs died from prostate cancer on September 15, 2021, at the age of 72.[2]


  1. ^ "Leonard "Doc" Gibbs". Drummerworld. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  2. ^ Doc Gibbs, Philly-Born Afro-Cuban Percussionist and Past Music Director for 'Emeril Live' Has Died