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 47)
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 Other Ones
The Dead
Golden Gate Wingmen
Dead & Company

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]

Chimenti performed with the 50th anniversary performance of the Grateful Dead in Chicago on July 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2015. He also performed with the band during the additional shows in Santa Clara, at Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, on June 27th and 28th, 2015.

Chimenti continues to tour with Dead and Company following the raging success of the Fare Thee Well shows. Dead and Co. feature a mixture of former Grateful Dead members, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart, joined by John Mayer, Allman Brother's bassist Oteil Burbridge, as well as himself.


  1. ^ Jeff Chimenti at AllMusic
  2. ^ Schwenke, Matt (March 30, 2005). "Jeff Chimenti talks about the Dead and Ratdog". Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Post-Grateful Dead player scores medical hit". Reuters. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 

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