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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is May 4. Big band drummer Sonny Payne was born this day in New York in 1926. On and off he worked with the Count Basie band between 1954 and 1974, ...
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

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The shape of 21st century music is emerging over two weekends in New Orleans surrounding the world's most important music event, the New Orleans Jazz and Herita
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

MUSICAL OSCARS The Susan Lucci of the Oscars, Randy Newman, finally won an Academy Award Sunday night. It was his first win in 16 nominations.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 15) Today's birthdays include producer Arif Mardin, who was born in 1932 (age 70); Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh in 1940 (age 62); Mike Love of the Beach Boys in 1941 (age 61); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 9) Today's birthdays include country's Mickey Gilley, who was born in 1936 (age 66); Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, and John Cale of The Velvet Underground, both in 1942 (age 60); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

MADONNA Madonna will be trodding the floorboards of a West End stage in London this May. Allstar.com reports the singer/actress will star in "Up for Grabs," a comedy by David Williamson.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock 'n' Roll -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Lenny Kravitz, Jimmy Buffett, Melissa Etheridge, Teena Marie, Bonnie Raitt, Teddy Pendergrass, Counting Crows, Bobby Womack, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Taj Mahal
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Jan. 31) Today's birthdays include the late Terry Kath of Chicago, who was born in 1946; Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, also in 1946 (age 56); ?K.C.," a.k.a. Harry Wayne Casey, leader of K.C. and the Sunshine Band, in 1951 (age 51); guitarist Phil
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Jan. 26) Today's birthdays include Eartha Kitt, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Huey "Piano" Smith in 1934 (age 68); Derek Holt of the Climax Blues Band in 1949 (age 53); former Little River Band member David Briggs in 1951 (age 51); Van Halen guitarist E
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock 'n' Roll -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Bassist Allen Woody and guitarist Warren Haynes anchored the Allman Brothers through most of the 1990s, and when they split off to form Gov't Mule with drummer
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Phil Lesh
Phil Lesh performs in concert at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida on June 22, 2006. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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Phillip Chapman Lesh (born March 15, 1940 in Berkeley, California) is a musician and a founding member of the Grateful Dead, with whom he played bass guitar throughout their 30-year career.

After the band's disbanding in 1995, Lesh continued the tradition of Grateful Dead family music with side project Phil Lesh and Friends, which paid homage to the Dead's music by playing their originals, common covers, and the songs of the members of his band. Phil & Friends helped keep a legitimate entity for the band's music to continue but have been on hiatus since 2008. Recently, Lesh has been performing with Furthur alongside former Dead bandmate Bob Weir.

Although Lesh started out as a violin player, in high school he switched to trumpet. Studying under Bob Hansen, he had a keen interest in avant-garde classical music and free jazz; he also studied under the Italian modernist Luciano Berio at Mills College (classmates included minimalist composer Steve Reich, and future Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten). While still a college student he met then-bluegrass banjo player Jerry Garcia. Despite antipodal musical interests, they formed a friendship and eventually Lesh was talked into becoming the bass guitarist for Garcia's new rock group, then known as the Warlocks. According to Lesh, the first song he rehearsed with the band was "I Know You Rider". He joined them for their third or fourth gig (memories vary) and stayed until the end. Lesh noticed that another group had made a record under the name Warlocks when he found their single on Columbia Records at a record store . It turns out that the band "The Warlocks" on that single also ended up changing their name to The Velvet Underground. He suggested to the other band members that they change their name.

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