See David Grisman Bring All-Star Band To ‘The Tonight Show’ In 1979

Watch a classic 1979 appearance on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ featuring Dawg joined by Stephane Grappelli and others.

By Andy Kahn Mar 23, 2023 6:00 am PDT

Acclaimed mandolinist David Grisman today celebrates his 78th birthday. The bluegrass great nicknamed “Dawg” boasts a career-spanning resume that has seen him perform with many of the top musicians from around the globe. Grisman’s longtime association with Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia is perhaps his best-known collaboration, but another of David’s regular cohorts is featured in the clip from The Tonight Show which is presented here for his birthday today.

Back in 1979 Grisman appeared on an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in support of his 1978 album Hot Dawg. The performance featured Grisman along with the legendary French violinist Stephane Grappelli with whom he forged a long-lasting working relationship. Also performing on The Tonight Show with Grisman and Grappelli was the talented David Grisman Quintet lineup of Mark O’Connor on guitar, Mike Marshall on mandolin and Rob Wasserman on bass.

Here’s Grisman, Grappelli, O’Connor, Marshall and Wasserman performing “Dawgma” and “Swing ‘39” from ‘79:

Mark O’Connor (See 3 videos)
Stephane Grappelli , David Grisman (See 31 videos) , Mark O’Connor (See 6 videos) , Mike Marshall (See 7 videos) and Rob Wasserman

[Originally Published: March 23, 2017]

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