LIVE: Melvin Seals & JGB @ Cohoes Music Hall, 10/21/17

November 13th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Organist Melvin Seals joined the Jerry Garcia Band in 1980, playing with the Grateful Dead guitarist until Garcia’s death in 1995.

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Since then, Seals has kept Garcia’s music alive with an ever-evolving line-up of musicians dubbed JGB. The line-up at the band’s recent Cohoes Music Hall gig featured guitarist Zach Nugent, vocalists Shirley Starks and Cheryl Rucker, drummer Pete Lavezzoli, bassist John-Paul McLean and surprise special guest tenor saxman Ron Holloway (who has previously played Greater Nippertown with with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Root Boy Slim & the Sex Change Band).