Jerry Garcia Band

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Jerry Garcia Band
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genres Rock
Years active 1975–1995
Labels Arista, Grateful Dead
Associated acts Grateful Dead
Legion of Mary
Reconstruction
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
JGB
Website www.dead.net
Past members Jerry Garcia
John Kahn
Ron Tutt
Nicky Hopkins
James Booker
Keith Godchaux
Donna Godchaux
Maria Muldaur
Buzz Buchanan
Ozzie Ahlers
Johnny de Foncesca
Greg Errico
Melvin Seals
Jimmy Warren
Daoud Shaw
Essra Mohawk
Liz Stires
Bill Kreutzmann
Jaclyn LaBranch
DeeDee Dickerson
David Kemper
Gloria Jones
Gaylord Birch
Donny Baldwin

The Jerry Garcia Band was a San Francisco Bay Area rock band led by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Garcia founded the band in 1975; it remained the most important of his various side-projects until his death in 1995. The band toured and recorded sporadically throughout its twenty-year existence, generally, but not always during breaks in the Grateful Dead's schedule.[1][2]

History[edit]

Over the years, the lineup of the Jerry Garcia Band changed a number of times. The one constant member besides Garcia himself was bassist John Kahn. Melvin Seals had the next longest tenure, serving as keyboardist from 1980 onward. Seals became band leader following Garcia's death and changed the band's name to JGB.

Jerry Garcia's musical interests were famously varied, and this was reflected in the diverse music played by his band. Like the Grateful Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band played rock music that was influenced by blues, folk, country, and jazz. The band also played rhythm and blues and reggae songs, and rock versions of American roots music. Jerry Garcia notably covered many songs by Bob Dylan with the Jerry Garcia Band. Like the Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band emphasized musical improvisation, and helped create what is now known as jam band music.

During Garcia's lifetime, the Jerry Garcia Band released one studio album, Cats Under the Stars, and one live album, Jerry Garcia Band. Several more live albums were released posthumously.

Discography[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Following are the lineups for the Jerry Garcia Band's live performances.[3][4]

August 5, 1975 – December 31, 1975
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Nicky Hopkins – piano, vocals
  • Ron Tutt – drums
January 9, 1976 – January 10, 1976
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • James Booker – piano, vocals
  • Ron Tutt – drums
January 26, 1976 – August 12, 1977
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Keith Godchaux – piano
  • Donna Godchaux – vocals
  • Ron Tutt – drums
November 15, 1977 – November 3, 1978
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Keith Godchaux – piano
  • Donna Godchaux – vocals
  • Maria Muldaur – vocals
  • Buzz Buchanan – drums
October 7, 1979 – March 27, 1980
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Ozzie Ahlers – keyboards, vocals
  • Johnny d'Fonseca – drums
July 18, 1980 – November 16, 1980
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Ozzie Ahlers – keyboards, vocals
  • Greg Errico – drums
December 20, 1980 – June 1, 1981
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Melvin Seals – organ
  • Jimmy Warren – electric piano, clavinet
  • Daoud Shaw – drums
June 25, 1981 – November 19, 1981
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Melvin Seals – organ
  • Jimmy Warren – electric piano, clavinet
  • Daoud Shaw – drums
  • Essra Mohawk – vocals
  • Liz Stires – vocals
December 17, 1981 – September 7, 1982
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Melvin Seals – organ
  • Jimmy Warren – electric piano, clavinet
  • Bill Kreutzmann – drums
  • Essra Mohawk – vocals
  • Liz Stires – vocals
October 13, 1982 – October 24, 1982
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Melvin Seals – organ
  • Greg Errico – drums
October 28, 1982 – June 5, 1983
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Melvin Seals – organ
  • Greg Errico – drums
  • Jaclyn LaBranch – vocals
  • DeeDee Dickerson – vocals
July 20, 1983 – August 28, 1984
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Melvin Seals – organ
  • David Kemper – drums
  • Jaclyn LaBranch – vocals
  • DeeDee Dickerson – vocals
September 15, 1984 – September 28, 1985
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Melvin Seals – organ
  • David Kemper – drums
  • Jaclyn LaBranch – vocals
  • Gloria Jones – vocals
October 7, 1985 – February 2, 1986
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Melvin Seals – organ
  • Gaylord Birch – drums
  • Jaclyn LaBranch – vocals
  • Gloria Jones – vocals
February 21, 1986 – November 19, 1993
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Melvin Seals – organ
  • David Kemper – drums
  • Jaclyn LaBranch – vocals
  • Gloria Jones – vocals
February 4, 1994 – April 23, 1995
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn – bass
  • Melvin Seals – organ
  • Donny Baldwin – drums
  • Jaclyn LaBranch – vocals
  • Gloria Jones – vocals

See also[edit]

JGB Band – Melvin Seals JGB band 1996–Present.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson, Blair (1999). Garcia: An American Life. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-029199-7. 
  2. ^ Trager, Oliver (1997). The American Book of the Dead: The Definitive Grateful Dead Encyclopedia. Fireside. ISBN 0-684-81402-1. 
  3. ^ DeadBase XI: The Complete Guide to Grateful Dead Song Lists, by John W. Scott, Mike Dolgushkin, and Stu Nixon, 1999, DeadBase, ISBN 1-877657-22-0
  4. ^ The Jerry Site - Band Members

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