picture of Melvin Seals picture © Bob Minkin
Melvin Seals
Melvin (* 1953 in San Francisco, CA) began playing piano at age eight and began his musical adventure playing gospel music for his local church. Over the next years he joined a few different bands in San Francisco and became good at playing other keyboards, particularly the electric organ, which he would play for the majority of his musical career. He went on to record and perform with artists such as Charlie Daniels, Elvin Bishop and Chuck Berry.
In 1980 Melvin Seals joined the Jerry García Band and remained a member until Jerry García's death in 1995. After García's death in 1995, Seals formed JGB which he performs with to this day. JGB is essentially the Jerry Garcia Band without Jerry and aims to continue the group's legacy.
Other projects Seals has been involved in include The Mix with guitarist John Kadlecik and bassist Kevin Rosen and Steve Kimock's Crazy Engine with Steve Kimock. The original idea for the project was to perform original material.
On 30 July 2004, Seals was the first Jerry García Band member to headline an outdoor music and camping festival named in honor of Jerry García, called Grateful García Gathering. Melvin Seals and JGB members that year included Stu Allen and John Kadlecik. Jerry García Band drummer David Kemper joined Melvin Seals & JGB in 2007. To date, other musicians/friends of Jerry's have included Donna Jean, Mookie Siegel, Pete Sears, G. E. Smith, Barry Sless, Mark Karan, Mike Lawson, Dave Hebert Brian Lesh to name a few musicians.
In 2005 Seals released his first solo CD entitled Melting Pot. Melvin played two concerts with Phil Lesh & Friends at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York in 2016. This marked Melvin's first collaboration with Phil Lesh & Friends. In 2017 Melvin toured with Oteil Burbridge on his Oteil & Friends tour, which extended into early 2018. Current projects include The Rock Collection, Terrapin Flyer and The Mix.
from Wikipedia
contact: Booking@melvinsealsandjgb.com
homepage: melvinseals.com
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Live On Tour
Blues Planet Records 0301

Merl Saunders, piano, synthesizer, vocals
Melvin Seals, organ, Fender Rhodes, vocals
Michael Warren, bass

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