Jeff Mattson (born July 3, 1958) is an American musician. A founding member of the jam band, the Zen Tricksters, and guitarist in the Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson, which features the Grateful Dead’s Donna Jean Godchaux, Mattson was named the permanent lead guitarist for Dark Star Orchestra. in November,2009. A veteran of 30 years on the road, Mattson is a guitar player whose playing ranges from rock & roll to blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, and folk, with a healthy dose of psychedelia. Jeff is also a strong original songwriter and his work is prominently featured on five albums, including several pieces co-written with band mate Donna Jean. He is a co-writer of “Leave Me Out of This,” a track on Phil Lesh and Friends Sony CD, "There and Back Again." He is known[by whom?] for delivering heart-wrenching vocals as well as his ever-present desire to explore new musical terrain with his fellow musicians. Jeff was asked to audition for Phil Lesh & Friends in the fall of 1999 and in October 1999, Jeff and then Zen Trickster keyboard player, Rob Barraco, played three shows with Phil Lesh and Friends at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco. 1999.
- with the Zen Tricksters
- 1996 The Holy Fool
- 1998 A Love Surreal
- 2003 Shaking Off the Weirdness
- 2006 For Rex: The Black Tie Dye Ball – The Zen Tricksters w/ Donna Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Tom Constanten, David Nelson, Michael Falzarano, Rob Barraco 2006
- with Donna Jean and the Tricksters
- 2008 Donna Jean and the Tricksters
- song Leave Me Out of This, co-written with Rob Barraco
- 2002 Phil Lesh and Friends "There and Back Again"
- http://www.jambands.com/news/2010/06/21/jeff-mattson-officially-joins-dark-star-orchestra "Jeff Mattson Officially Joins Dark Star Orchestra" Retrieved July 22, 2010
- http://www.jambands.com/nov99/features/fullcircle.html Full Circle: Zen Trickster Jeff Mattson Becomes A Friend of Phil, jambands.com, Retrieved March 16, 2009.
- Jeff Mattson official website
- Dark Star Orchestra official website
- Zen Tricksters official website
- Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson official website
- Jeff Mattson on Allmusic.
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