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Dead & Company closed out their Fall Fun Run at Hampton Coliseum on Saturday night including a bookend encore of a Grateful Dead classic.
A banner honoring the Grateful Dead and Dead & Company’s combined 44 shows at Nassau Coliseum was raised to the venue’s rafters during setbreak of Wednesday’s Dead & Company show.
Watch Maggie Rogers join Dead & Company on stage last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Dead & Company filled their two sets on Halloween at Madison Square Garden with songs featuring lyrics by Robert Hunter and encored with “Werewolves Of London.”
Dead & Company unveiled pro-shot video featuring performances of “Comes A Time” and “Estimated Prophet” from their 2018 two-night stand at Citi Field in New York City.
Dead & Company are offering live streams of all six upcoming Fall Fun Run concerts.
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About Jeff Chimenti
Jeff Chimenti was not born into a musical family – he had to wait until he was four, when he began imitating the church organist, to begin his musical career. But he’s been making up for lost time ever since.
By the age of seven he began taking formal lessons from Angela Biggio, a student of both Rudolph Serkin and Leonard Bernstein who also worked with the Merola Program at the S.F. Opera, and continued with her for a decade.
Upon entering high school, the sounds of pop and jazz widened his musical world, and he joined the South San Francisco H.S. jazz band. He was so immediately good that by the age of 13 his teacher was taking him out to play casual gigs – parties, weddings, dances. By the 10th grade, he was playing with the very distinguished College of San Mateo (C.S.M.) jazz band (the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh was an alumnus) and the Skyline College Big Band, as well as with community symphonic orchestras.
After graduating high school in 1986, he attended C.S.M. for a year and began hanging out on the San Francisco jazz scene, jamming at the Jazz Workshop with legendary figures like Pony Poindexter. An opportunity to play in Amsterdam ended his formal schooling, and by the early ’90s he was a working musician, playing pop or jazz as required. He was part of En Vogue’s first tour (backing M.C. Hammer), and then returned to the jazz clubs, playing with figures legendary and soon-to-be-famous; John Handy, Denise Perrier, Madeline Eastman, Kurt Elling, Charnett Moffett, Richie Cole, Ernie Watts, James Moody, Art Farmer and more. As he later put it, he was an “on call guy” for a while, and then a “first call guy” for when out-of-towners needed first-rate keyboardists.
He played at the Monterey Jazz Festival for seven years, both with his own trio and in various other groups. He recorded with Steve Smith and Larry Coryell, then with Pete Escovedo, and with Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade.
Although he had never listened to Grateful Dead music, his relationship with saxophonist Dave Ellis introduced him to Bob Weir, and in 1997 he replaced the legendary Johnnie Johnson (of Chuck Berry fame) in Bob’s band “RatDog.” He later was the keyboard player for the Dead’s re-constituted band “The Other Ones.”
In that role, he has become the unquestioned dean of jam band pianists, a gifted player whose reputation is on a steady ascent.
Watch portions of the final show founding Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley played before his tragic death.
Tool will embark on a three-week winter tour to start 2020.
Chris & Rich Robinson revealed The Black Crowes’ new lineup for a 2020 reunion tour and pair of intimate preview gigs.
Listen to Billy Stings cover New Jersey natives Bon Jovi last night at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
The Black Crowes featuring Chris and Rich Robinson detailed an extensive reunion tour scheduled to run through Summer 2020.