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Dead & Company released pro-shot video of the band’s exploratory performance of “The Other One” in Austin, Texas, on December 2, 2017.
Watch Dead & Company perform “Man Smart, Women Smarter” for the second time ever at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 14, 2017.
Watch Steve Kimock & Friends featuring Reed Mathis, Jeff Chimenti, John Kimock and Leslie Mendelson perform on Wednesday at Sweetwater Music Hall.
Steve Kimock reached deep into his repertoire for the first of three Steve Kimock & Friends shows at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California.
Watch Dead & Company’s performance of “Greatest Story Ever Told” during a November 2017 tour stop in Charlotte.
Supergroup Golden Gate Wingmen will play an intimate venue in New York City this spring.
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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.
The setlist for the second night of Phish Riviera Maya in Mexico featured another substantial bust out in the first set and a second half packed with a pair of big jams, old-school staples and more.
Bruce Hornsby will release the guest-filled studio album ‘Absolute Zero’ in April, shared its lead single “Voyager One” and confirmed a series of Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers tour dates.
Phish’s 2019 trip to Mexico started on an extremely high note with a setlist that included three huge bust outs and two all-time jams. Check out a recap and The Skinny from Thursday night at Phish Riviera Maya.
The JamBase Podcast Episode 31 features a “Musical Mentors” interview with Cory Wong as well as The Rundown review of recent news items.
A celebration of the new Tedeschi Trucks Band album took a more somber tone just days after the passing of founding member Kofi Burbridge.