"A Music Industry Phenomenon" –NY Daily News

"The Grammys for the jamband music scene" –The New Yorker

"The Jammys feature the crème de la crème of the jamband community" –Entertainment Weekly

"The most pervasive underground movement in music today" -The Village Voice

Phil Lesh
The Jammys celebrate the best in live, improvisational music. Founded in 2000 as an alternative to mainstream award shows, the event has become the premier grassroots music event in the country. The Jammys pays tribute to the musicians who take chances, and whose musicianship is exceptional, original and thrives in a live setting. The best way to illustrate the power of live music is to bring together a diversity of musicians who may have never before performed together. We have captured the magic of the Jammys on film and include here not only the "Best of the Jammys," but some of the most original and authentic music collaborations ever.

1. Richie Havens and The Mutaytor, "Freedom": The epic traditional that made Havens a star during his opening set at the 1969 Woodstock festival opens The Best of The Jammys, Volume 1, reborn with help from The Mutaytor.

2. String Cheese Incident with Perry Farrell and The Soulive Horns, "Idiot's Rule": The Jane's Addiction frontman beams from ear to ear as the jam kings recreate one of his old band's chestnuts.

3. Buddy Guy, Phil Lesh, John Mayer and ?uestlove, "Hoochie Coochie Man": With the help of an old friend (the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh) and a pair of new ones, the blues legend and company sizzle while paying homage to Guy's old boss, Muddy Waters.

4. North Mississippi Allstars with Kris Myers of Umphrey's McGee, "Psychedelic Sex Machine": Allstars drummer Cody Dickinson busts out the washboard and reveals a funkier, grittier, psychedelic side of Southern rock.

5. moe. and Blue Öyster Cult, "Don't Fear the Reaper": There's not only more cowbell here, but more guitars and drums and size—moe. Help the '70s classic sound bigger and trippier than ever.

6. Benevento/Russo Duo with Les Claypool, Mike Gordon, Gabby La La and Phil Lesh, "Dee's Diner": Careful with this: You don't want to blow your speakers: Enough to low end to get you evicted.

7. The Disco Biscuits with Travis Tritt, "House Dog Party Favor" > "Honky Tonk History" > "House Dog Party Favor": Second-generation jam faves The Disco Biscuits burn through an incendiary version of one of their staples, before veering off the musical highway into a rock roadhouse, thanks to the guests guitar and vocals of Travis Tritt.

8. Peter Frampton with Guster and Martin Sexton, "Do You Feel Like We Do?": Guster propel an electrified, grinning Frampton through his classic. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Martin Sexton trades guests on talkbox and guitar.

9. Phil Lesh with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, "Wharf Rat": Ryan Adams, an unabashed Grateful Dead fan and one of today's most critically acclaimed songwriters, takes viewers on a journey through the Dead's epic "Wharf Rat," with the Dead's own Phil Lesh serving as guide.

[Published on: 10/26/06]

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Death Cube K starstarstarstar Thu 10/26/2006 11:54AM
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Death Cube K

i could use this in my collection

mblume starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/26/2006 12:16PM
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The Dee's Diner is schweet!

Phluff917 Thu 10/26/2006 12:20PM
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they blew it by not including the best jammys performance ever... the cortez the killer this year was the best stuff ever

McGannahan_Skyjellifetty Thu 10/26/2006 12:33PM
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if you live in the nyc area, the MSG channel shows performances of the jammy's at 11 on friday nights, half the stuff on this dvd has been on it. great shit

Kindskatz Thu 10/26/2006 01:15PM
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Nothing from the last few superjams to close out the '03 Jammys? I'm talking about when Trey, Mike, Greg Allman, Warren, Sco and I know I'm missing some major players, were all on stage together at Roseland, I think this was '03.

Or how about when D. Trux and R. Randolph were jamming and who comes up on stage? John Mayer. This might have been '03 at Roseland as well. No one in the crowd, including myself, knew Mayer had chops. I see him get up there with two of the finest players we have in this scene and I laughed and said to myself, What the fuck is John fucking Mayer doing up there? Good luck trying to share a stage with those two. But he did and he was great and he proved a lot to me, and others, that night.

Just for novelty sakes, Bernie Williams joing JMP in the second Jammy's I think, was pretty cool.

Anyway, this DVD is going to be fucking awesome

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/26/2006 06:35PM
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This is the first of five dvds apperently, this dvd is the shit catchin it every friday. The Claypool and friends "D's Diner" is as good as it looks on paper

EVILFUNK Sat 10/28/2006 02:28PM
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"The most pervasive underground movement in music today" -The Village Voice

the voice nailed it! UNDERGROUND! not what some newschooled bonerovian prepschool indie/mob slick willie industry type is trying to tell me "JAMS" so they can get a favor for a favor! started and last i checked presented the jammies! why no mention here?

Dean Budnick and the jambands crew do what they do because they love music - not because they need to "evolve" but because they know that what they do is in a REAL state of evolution! they dont have to give it up to the man to make it!


redwhiteandgreen Sat 10/28/2006 08:07PM
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String Cheese? Cmon. Get some taste.

shpilkie starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/1/2006 02:48PM
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please don't insult cheese. It is delicious.

shibby420 starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/9/2006 08:39AM
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the guster frampton was awesome, and the fact that the jammy's fell on 4/20 this year just as cool.

zforschler Sat 11/11/2006 01:04PM
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Guster on a Jammy DVD?