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Thu 6 Oct 2022 - 19:30 CEST
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Jefferson Starship Biography

Paul Kantner founded Jefferson Airplane in 1965. The Airplane were the biggest rock group in america during the 1960s and the first San Francisco band to sign a major record deal, paving the way for other legends like Grateful Dead & Janis Joplin. They headlined the original Woodstock festival in 1969 and like the Beatles with whom they are critically compared, lasted a mere seven years... Though  their  influence  and  impact  on  rock  music  continues  well  into  the  21st century.

In 1974 Kantner created Jefferson Starship, and again enjoyed chart-topping  success. Paul &  Jefferson Airplane  were  inducted  into  the rock & roll hall of fame in 1996, the same year as Pink Floyd. Jefferson Starship, the name created by Paul for his 1971 solo debut Blows Against The Empire recording, has  endured  40  years  as  one  of  rock's  most legendary bands. That recording was the first and only to ever be nominated for literary  science  fiction’s  Hugo  Award. Co-founder David  Freiberg  also  started  the  legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Fillmore-era San Francisco band who often shared the bill with The Dead & The Airplane). David is a world famous singer, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He was also a member of Jefferson Airplane, and co-wrote  one  of   jefferson  starship's all-time  biggest  hits, Jane, which  he performs.

Donny Baldwin became part of the San Francisco music scene in the early 70s, growing up there. From 1973 to 1978 donny was with the Elvin Bishop band. During this time he toured and recorded six albums, which included the #1 hit single, Fooled Around  and  Fell  in  Love. From  1981  to  1989, Donny  was  a member of Jefferson Starship. In January 1994, he joined the Jerry Garcia band. He has toured, recorded and played with artista such as Kenny Loggins, Pablo Cruise, Chuck Berry, Van Morrison, Ronnie  Montrose,  Gregg Allman, Heart, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, 38 Special and Eddie Money.

Chris Smith joined Jefferson Starship in 1998, instantly winning the job of keyboardist, having toured with The Supremes and Lou Bega. Chris has gone on to place music in film and television including the #1 rated series CSI. In 2000 he assumed the seeming  impossible task of playing piano and (synth) bass simultaneously - a feat only duplicated by the legendary Ray Manzarek of The Doors. Chris has been keyboardist longer than any in the band’s fabled history.

Cathy  Richardson  joined  Jefferson  Starship  in  2008,  and  anchors  the historic ‘role’ made famous by Grace Slick. She is an award-winning music artist, graphic artist, and clothing designer. She was nominated for a GRAMMY award for art direction of her band's 2003 release, The Road to Bliss, which also received two diy awards (do it yourself in film, books and music) for album art of the year and producer of the year.

Jude Gold is an acclaimed lead guitarist - joining in 2012 for a 10 country, three-month  international  tour - replacing  longtime  lead player Slick Aguilar, who recently underwent a liver transplant. Jude also tours with contemporary stars Miguel Migs, Stu Hamm and JGB (Jerry Garcia's band) before that. He is also a Professor at the acclaimed musician’s institute in Los Angeles.

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