FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Los Angeles, CA (Apr. 20, 2015)
 JAZZ IS DEAD
REFORMS after 10 Year Hiatus to
Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of
GRATEFUL DEAD
All-Star ensemble famous for Jazz Interpretations of Dead tunes helped launch ‘Jam Band’ era
 Los Angeles, CA (Apr. 20, 2015) — Jazz Is Dead, created by impresario and Bill Graham devotee Michael Gaiman, is reforming after a 10-year hiatus to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Grateful Dead.

They are credited for beckoning the start of the ‘jam band’ phenomenon in 1998. Alphonso Johnson, bassist for Furthur, Bobby & The Midnights & Weather Report; and, Jeff Pevar, guitarist for Phil Lesh, Crosby-Nash and this year Bette Midler, and Rod Morgenstein who recorded 2 of their 3 releases – lead the group famous for instrumental interpretations of Grateful Dead’s repertoire. Rock Hall of Fame inductee, original Grateful Dead pianist, Tom Constanten and Chris Smith (Jefferson Starship, The Supremes) will join them.

Jazz Is Dead formed in 1998 with Alphonso Johnson, Billy Cobham, the late T Lavitz and Jimmy Herring – who gained national prominence in the group. Herring left to join Phil Lesh & Friends in 2000, but Crosby-Nash guitarist Jeff Pevar who had been with Phil at that same time, replaced him. Cobham left in 1999, replaced by 6 times Grammy nominated drummer Rod Morgenstein, who played with Lavitz in Dixie Dregs. Other alumni and collaborators include Derek Trucks, Jeff Sipe, Kenny Gradney of Little Feat and Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux.

Jazz Is Dead recorded three acclaimed albums for Ricky Schultz’s Zebra imprint: “Blue Light Rain,” “Laughing Water” (a re-imagining of Grateful Dead’s “Wake of The Flood”), and “Great Sky River.”

The highly touted ensemble ceased performing in 2005 when Lavitz’s health declined. T passed away in 2010. The highly anticipated tour begins Aug. 1 (Garcia’s birthday!) and runs through Labor Day.
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Some past performances to feed your head ...
Box of Rain CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
Crazy Fingers CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
Dark Star CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
Estimated Prophet CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
Help On the Way: Slipknot CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
Morning Dew CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
New Speedway Boogie CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
Row Jimmy CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
Scarlet Begonias CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
St. Stephen: The Eleven CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
Tennessee Jed CLICK TO PLAY/DOWNLOAD
PLEASE DO NOT REDISTRIBUTE THIS MUSIC - ENJOY THE GIFT

 A bulk of the original tracking sessions with T Lavitz, Dave Livolsi, Rod Morgenstein & Jeff Pevar were recorded live in 2004 in Connecticut, with most of the improvised solos recorded without overdubs. Subsequently, Pevar called upon guest musical greats, Alphonso Johnson, Jerry Goodman(Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dixie Dregs), Luis Conte (Madonna, Pat Metheny, James Taylor, Phil Collins), Bill Evans (Miles Davis Band) and Howard Levy (Flecktones). Pevar was on his way to mix the album when Lavitz tragically passed in 2010.

 This unfortunate event halted the albums completion. When confirmation from Impresario, Michael Gaiman of the current tour reached Pevar this winter, it ignited his inspiration to complete the production. The album was completed just before the beginning of the 2015 reunion tour.