Aug 9, 2011
Today is Jerry Garcia’s birthday, and the ol’ grey beard would have been 69 years old. Something of a new tradition for marking the day is taking place in San Francisco tonight, where the defending world-champion Giants are planning another Grateful Dead Tribute night at the ballpark. They’re giving out this nifty limited edition Dancing Bears statue, the National Anthem will be performed by Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, and the 7th Inning Stretch version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” will be led by Dead drummer Mickey Hart and NBA Hall Of Famer – and major Deadhead - Bill Walton. Sounds like fun if you’re in the area.
Jerry had a love of jazz, and while the Dead themselves did not dip into the jazz canon all that often, Jerry’s side projects gave him a chance to show his jazz chops. Click here to listen to a recording of Milt Jackson’s “Bag’s Groove” from the 1998 release So What from Garcia and mandolin player David Grisman. Other members of the band were Joe Craven on percussion, Matt Eakle on flute and Jim Kerwin on bass.