Excerpts taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Garcia_Band
The Jerry Garcia Band was a San Francisco Bay Area rock band led by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Garcia founded the band in 1975; it remained the most important of his various side-projects until his death in 1995. The band toured and recorded sporadically throughout its twenty-year existence, generally, but not always during breaks in the Grateful Dead’s schedule.
Over the years, the lineup of the Jerry Garcia Band changed a number of times. The one constant member besides Garcia himself was bassist John Kahn. Melvin Seals had the next longest tenure, serving askeyboardist from 1980 onward. Seals became band leader following Garcia’s death and changed the band’s name to JGB.
Jerry Garcia’s musical interests were famously varied, and this was reflected in the diverse music played by his band. Like the Grateful Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band played rock music that was influenced by blues,folk, country, and jazz. The band also played rhythm and blues and reggae songs, and rock versions ofAmerican roots music. Jerry Garcia notably covered many songs by Bob Dylan with the Jerry Garcia Band. Like the Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band emphasized musical improvisation, and helped create what is now known as jam band music.
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The Jerry Site is a great site to learn more about The Jerry Garcia Band and see set lists and more! Take a look when you have a chance.