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Jeff Chimenti performing with Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, Dec. 6th 2013
|Birth name||Jeffrey Chimenti|
October 21, 1968 |
San Francisco, California
|Genres||Jazz, rock, Psychedelic rock|
Les Claypool's Frog Brigade
A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Chimenti began playing piano when he was four and he studied formally from the age of seven to around the time he finished high school. Once he graduated from high school, he began playing in bands around the Bay area. He played in local jazz bands as well as Les Claypool's Frog Brigade; he's also played back-up for pop acts such as En Vogue.
He was playing in Dave Ellis's jazz quartet when Ellis was hired to play saxophone in Ratdog. Ellis informed him that Ratdog was also looking for a new keyboardist. Chimenti was hired and played his first show 28 May 1997.
Since 2010 RatDog has been on hiatus and Chimenti has been a member of Furthur which also features Bob Weir as well as Phil Lesh.
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