This past weekend was the GRAMMY’s Salute To Music Legends ceremony where Jefferson Airplane was recognized for its impact on American music with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. Jorma, Grace and I were in attendance. Marty was not able to make it. It was an emotional moment for all of us. It was a time to reflect and look back on the significance of the music of Jefferson Airplane and the music’s role in shaping American culture. I remember thinking that Jefferson Airplane didn’t start out to change the American culture. That was never our grand mission. We simply wanted to play music that people could dance too. We were just doing what young people do, getting together to have a good time.
I thanked the GRAMMYs for their award. I am honored to be a part of American music history. But my real thanks go to the millions of fans that made this journey possible. You are the ones who came to dance and have a good time. You were the ones who gathered together to change the world. We were just playing in the band. This is an award for all of you! Thank You
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady to be honored at two special GRAMMY events this weekend in Los Angeles.
(USA) – April 18, 2016 – Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, aka Hot Tunaand founding members of Jefferson Airplane, will perform two of their JeffersonAirplane hits on the GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends®, a special being filmed for the landmark “Great Performances” series on PBS on Saturday, April 23. The following day the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Jorma and Jack to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on their esteemed career.
The Recording Academy® presented Jefferson Airplane with a Lifetime Achievement Award this past February at their GRAMMY Awards Show. All of the 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients will be honored with this live tribute concert on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
Then on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 12 p.m. the GRAMMY Museum will presentCelebrating Jefferson Airplane: A Conversation With Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
In celebration of their recent honor with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jefferson Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on their esteemed career, hosted by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include Jefferson Airplane, Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Linda Ronstadt, and RUN DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year’s recipient of the GRAMMY Foundation Music Educator Award.
Electric Hot Tuna kicks off a spring tour with a show at the Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak, Florida on April 16, 2016. Steve Kimock will be joining them for a full set of classic Tuna songs as well as some surprises. Tickets are still available. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park offers multiple stages, miles of trails and over 800 acres for camping, hiking, canoe and kayak rentals on the river, horseback riding, a restaurant and country store. It is a great place to catch a show. Other performers include: Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Umphrey’s McGee, Stanley Clark, Billy and the Kids, BIG Something and many more.
Jorma and Jack head back up the coast for a couple of Acoustic Hot Tuna shows. Be sure to catch them when they’re in your neighborhood! Check out the following shows.
Jack Casady was an honored guest at The Recording Academy’s Grammy Awards Show celebrating the Lifetime Achievement Award given to Jefferson Airplane. Casady’s Homage to Jefferson Airplane Band Mates was captured there by USA Today. View the video here. Photo at left: Jack Casady arrives on the red carpet during the 58th Annual Grammy Music Awards in Los Angeles February 15, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ Valerie MACON.
“Buddy Guy and I had a chance to catch up a bit!!! We did some jaming back in late Sixties! So glad to see Buddy get the recognition he so well deserves!” “I attended the Grammy Nominee reception. The photo on the right is Al Schmitt and me. Al produced four Jefferson Airplane albums and the first Hot Tuna album!!! A legendary producer and wonderful human being!!!!! Some great stories here!!!”
It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that I say goodbye to an old friend. Paul was more than a friend, he was the pilot who flew Jefferson Airplane and later Jefferson Starship to unparalleled heights, beyond our wildest dreams, but not his. He had a vision. And he pursued that vision with relentless abandon.
When I arrived in San Francisco, I didn’t know anyone except Jorma. Paul warmly welcomed me to the city and into the band. And with a simple, “Let’s get started.” he set our musical journey in motion. He navigated the band through the music industry with self confidence and assurance like he had a map in his head and he knew the destination.
Of course when you’re adrift in the vast sea of the music industry, the crew gets restless and anxious. And our little mutinies were legendary. But Paul was steadfast in his belief that he could command the ship and lead it in new directions, which he did, and to much success. The crews changed over time of course but it was always Paul’s vision that steered the ship.
I would like to offer my condolences to Paul’s family, especially his children China, Gareth and Alexander. He will be greatly missed. But he will also be remembered and cherished by the legions of fans that he made at every port he landed. Fare thee well fair aviator.
Signe Toly Anderson September 15, 1941 – January 28, 2016
I would also like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family Signe Anderson. Signe was an instrumental part of Jefferson Airplane’s success. She gave JA that distinguishing 3-part harmony sound, with Paul and Marty. She was innovative with her voice. Signe’s time with the band was short lived, but her impact on Jefferson Airplane sound still resonates. Thankful that she no longer is in pain. She will be missed and fondly remembered.
The Recording Academy today announced its class of 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-D.M.C.; the Trustees Award honorees are John Cage, Fred Foster and Chris Strachwitz; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.
”Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.” Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come.” The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.
Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden*, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Grace Slick comprised Jefferson Airplane, pioneers of counterculture-era psychedelic rock. Emerging from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success, performing at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s — Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969), and Altamont (1969). Their 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love.” Two hits from that album, “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit,” are among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
Electric Hot Tuna is very excited about being a part of Warren Haynes’ 2016 Christmas Jam! It’s SOLD OUT!
And it’s all for a great cause. Over the past 17 years, Haynes – an Asheville native – has worked closely with the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The Jam recently handed over a record-breaking half-million dollars, marking one of the largest-ever contributions to the organization. To date, 33 houses have been built with proceeds from the Jam. Rock the House! Check out Warren Haynes new CD Ashes & Dust. It’s excellent!
Just in time for the holidays! A 12″ x 12″ LP Boxset for your favorite Hot Tuna Collector. Numbered, limited edition of 1000 worldwide. Includes 8 original Hot Tuna albums in paper sleeve and deluxe CD vinyl replica. Exclusive tour poster by Dennis Loren. Plus a 28 page booklet with liner notes and photos. That’s a fantastic offer! Get yours today! Enjoy!
Finally taking some time during a busy week of shows (tonight at the Sherman Theater) and a holiday to reflect on what a wonderful time I had at last week’s show at the Beacon Theater. Freakin’ at the Beacon was just fantastic. I am so grateful to work with such fabulous musicians. Special thanks to Jorma, Justin Guip, Larry Campbell, GE Smith, Teresa Williams, Rachel Price and Jeff Pehrson. And my old friend, John Hammonds. Thanks for a wonderful weekend of making music. And thanks to all of our dedicated fans. Love and respect to you all.