Deadhead Jazz Fusion: Jazz is Dead Marks 25th Anniversary with Reimagined Grateful Dead Classics

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Saturday, July 29, 2023

Grateful Web is thrilled to announce the triumphant return and 25th-anniversary celebration of Jazz is Dead, the celebrated instrumental ensemble renowned for their innovative jazz reinterpretations of classic Grateful Dead songs.

Formed by iconic musicians such as Alphonso Johnson, Billy Cobham, T Lavitz, and Jimmy Herring in 1998, Jazz is Dead, with its evolving lineup, has continued to breathe new life into the cherished Grateful Dead repertoire over the years. Following a spectacular return to the stage in January, the group is set to commemorate their 25th anniversary with original bassist Alphonso Johnson, Steve Kimock, Pete Lavezzoli, and Bobby Lee Rodgers, performing unforgettable renditions from the Grateful Dead's 'Wake of the Flood' album, and more.

To further celebrate their enduring musical legacy, Jazz is Dead will perform ten shows in August, commemorating 'The Days Between' - Jerry Garcia's birthday and the day of his passing. The ensemble will then make a grand return in late November through mid-December for the 'Darkness Falls & Seasons Change' tour, which consists of 13 additional shows.

The Jazz is Dead XXV lineup is as follows:

    Alphonso Johnson: Bass & Chapman stick
    Steve Kimock: Guitar
    Pete Lavezzoli: Drums
    Bobby Lee Rodgers: Guitar

The 'Darkness Falls & Seasons Change' tour dates and venues are:

    November 29: Patchogue Theatre, Patchogue, NY
    November 30: Newton Theater, Newton, NJ
    December 1: XL Live, Harrisburg, PA
    December 2: Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
    December 3: House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
    December 5: Memorial Hall, Cincinnati, OH
    December 6: Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
    December 7: Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN
    December 8: Copernicus Center, Chicago, IL
    December 10: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto, ON
    December 13: Minglewood Hall, Memphis, TN
    December 14: Iron City Bham, Birmingham, AL
    December 15: The Senate, Columbia, SC

This milestone tour is a must-see event for Grateful Dead fans, fusion enthusiasts, and music lovers. It encapsulates the spirit of the Grateful Dead’s legacy in the form of inventive jazz interpretations and offers a unique fusion of jam-rock with jazz, sprinkled with an Americana flavor.

For more information on the Jazz is Dead XXV lineup and tour dates, please visit the official websites of Alphonso Johnson, Steve Kimock, Pete Lavezzoli, and Bobby Lee Rodgers.