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Jazz is Dead – 25th Anniversary tour with special guest Neil Salsich & Friends

August 6, 2023, 6:00 pm

The Big Top
3401 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States

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The acclaimed All-Star instrumental ensemble, famous for interpretations of classic Grateful Dead songs with jazz influences, returns in 2023 to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. Co-founder Alphonso Johnson will be joined by Steve Kimock, Pete Lavezzoli & Bobby Lee Rodgers, performing Grateful Dead’s ‘Wake of The Flood’ marking its 50th Anniversary, in addition to other beloved selections. Jazz Is Dead XXV ‘reunites’ two greats! Steve Kimock & Alphonso Johnson, who together in heavyweight post-Garcia Grateful Dead off-shoot The Other Ones together with Bob Weir, commanded the instrumental prowess of that band. Formed in 1998 by bassist Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report, Santana, Bobby & The Midnites, The Other Ones), drummer Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Bobby & The Midnites), keyboardist T Lavitz (Dixie Dregs) & guitarist Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Widespread Panic), with drummers Rod Morgenstern (Dixie Dregs) & Jeff Sipe (Leftover Salmon) replacing Cobham in1999, and guitarist Jeff Pevar (CSN, David Crosby CPR, Phil Lesh &Friends) replacing Herring in 2000, recorded 3 acclaimed albums, the second of which ‘Laughing Water’ in 1999 was in fact an instrumental ‘Wake of The Flood’ reinterpretation-so there is precedent. That album also featured Derek Trucks, Donna Jean Godchaux & Vassar Clements. Also appearing will be Neil Salsich & Friends: STL’s “The Days Between” tribute to Jerry Garcia ft. Neil Salsich – Guitar Brad Sarno – Guitar John Hussung – Bass Cannon DeWeese – Drums Ryan Torpea – Keys Ages 21+ Unless Accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. There is a $3 minor surcharge at the door. Ages 6 and under are admitted for free.

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