Happy Birthday Pearl Jam Bassist Jeff Ament

Today is bassist Jeff Ament’s 52 birthday. Though best known for his work in Pearl Jam, Ament has been involved in many musical projects from before he joined the band and continuing into the present. Celebrating the skateboarding badass bassist from Montana’s birthday, we gathered videos of Ament on stage playing in settings outside of Pearl Jam. 

Ament played with future Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard in Green River, releasing only one album, 1987’s Rehab Doll, before breaking up. A reunion took place in the band’s hometown of Seattle at the Showbox in November 2008 where they played their LP’s title track.

Another influential pre-Pearl Jam band Ament provided the low end for was Mother Love Bone, which disbanded after the tragic loss of frontman Andrew Wood who died in Seattle in 1991 at age 24. A clip from the band’s show in 1989 at Club With No Name in Los Angeles with Ament right up on the camera is embedded below.

Guitarist Robbi Robb of Tribe After Tribe, Ament and drummer Richard Stuverud of The Fastbacks formed Three Fish in the mid-1990s. See Ament doubling up on percussion playing a djembe in the video from 1996.

For the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s annual Sonic Evolution show in January this year, Ament was on hand to join Pearl Jam bandmates Mike McCready and Matt Cameron, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Duff McKagan of Guns ‘N’ Roses and Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees among other artists. While performing at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, the group performed the two Temple Of The Dog songs below.

Ament played with his Pearl Jam bandmates McCready and Cameron along with frontman Joseph Arthur at the PJ20 celebration at Alpine Valley in East Troy Wisconsin over Labor Day Weekend in 2011. Below is a clip of the track, “When The Fire Comes,” which would later be included on Ament’s second solo album, 2012’s While My Heart Beats.

In 2012 Ament again teamed up with Arthur and Stuverud to form the trio RNDM. Watch them perform a track from their debut album, Acts, in Seattle at the radio station KEXP.

And for a better sense of where Jeff Ament was born and raised 52 years ago today, check out this clip from the Pearl Jam Twenty documentary from his hometown of Big Sandy, Montana.