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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
The Other Ones
Golden Gate Wingmen
Dead & Company
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.
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.
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