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Golden Gate Wingmen showed of an expanded repertoire over the course of two nights at The Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pennsylvania as the quartet debuted a number of songs, including Wilco (via Woody Guthrie), Warren Zevon, Nathan Moore and The Wood Brothers covers.
Lettuce, Molly Tuttle, Foundation Of Funk and Goose will be among the acts joining Dead & Company in performing at their Playing In The Sand 2020 destination event.
Each show of Dead & Company’s upcoming New Year’s Run will be featured in live streams.
Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge spoke with host Mike Finoia about a variety of topics for a chat featured on the two latest installments of Osiris podcast ‘Amigos.’
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.
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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 Disco Biscuits detailed a pair of shows at the Mission Ballroom in Denver.
The 2020 MerleFest lineup has been expanded with the addition of John Prine, Billy Strings, Kelsey Waldon and more.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band will visit more than 20 cities over the course of the 2020 Wheels Of Soul tour, which also features St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Gabe Dixon.
Phish wrapped their Fall Tour 2019 with the final repeat-less show of the run that featured more debuts and bust outs.
Greensky Bluegrass welcomed Ghost Light’s Holly Bowling for a Grateful Dead classic and more to close out their two-night run at Denver’s Mission Ballroom.