Jeff Chimenti

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Jeff Chimenti
Jeff Chimenti
Jeff Chimenti performing with Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, Dec. 6th 2013
Background information
Birth name Jeffrey Chimenti
Born (1968-10-21) October 21, 1968 (age 46)
San Francisco, California
Genres Jazz, rock, Psychedelic rock
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments keyboards
Years active 1980s–present
Labels Columbia Records
Associated acts RatDog
Les Claypool's Frog Brigade
The Dead
Grateful Dead

Jeff Chimenti (born October 21, 1968) is an American keyboardist, best known for his ongoing work with RatDog. He is also a member of the post-Grateful Dead bands The Dead and Furthur.[1][2]

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.

Chimenti was on tour with Ratdog and performed with Phil Lesh and Friends.

Chimenti and a roadie developed a product used to prevent facial abrasions from the use of CPAP machines.[3]

Jeff will be performing with the 50th anniversary performance of the Grateful Dead in Chicago on July 3,4,5 2015.


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