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To tell the story of Jefferson Starship is to tell the story of rock and roll, from its roots as Jefferson Airplane, to 70s prog-rock and AOR, to Jefferson Starship, and the 80s split that created Starship. Today, original member David Freiberg is backed by a top-notch group of veteran musicians in the re-formed Jefferson Starship.
Tim Berens, conductor
arr. Tim Berens Jefferson Starship
Ride The Tiger
Find Your Way Back
Count On Me
What Are We Waiting For?
Fast Buck Freddie
Let’s Get Together
Somebody To Love
About Jefferson Starship
Jefferson Starship rose from the ashes of another legendary San Francisco band, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jefferson Airplane. Founder Paul Kantner knew that combining powerful creative forces, personalities, and talents could create something far greater than the sum of its parts. Between 1974 and 1984, Jefferson Starship released eight gold and platinum albums and twenty hit singles, sold out concerts worldwide, and lived out legendary rock and roll escapades. Kantner said, “Jefferson Starship was my creation…and it has this nice fluidity about it that allows any number of people to come in and do things with whatever Jefferson Starship is.”
Today’s Jefferson Starship remains dedicated to breathing new life into the living catalog of the Jeffersonian legacy: going to the edge, pushing the sonic boundaries, and staying true to the original spirit of the music. Featuring original and historic members David Freiberg (also a founder of San Francisco luminary band, Quicksilver Messenger Service) and drummer Donny Baldwin, along with longtime members Chris Smith on keyboards and synth bass, Jude Gold on lead guitar, and GRAMMY® Nominee Cathy Richardson anchoring the female lead vocal spot made famous by the inimitable Grace Slick (who invited her to sing in her place as Jefferson Airplane accepted their Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 GRAMMY® Merit Awards Concert).
The band keeps a hectic touring schedule bolstered by several recent TV appearances including “My Music: 60s Pop, Rock and Soul” on PBS, and “Live with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra” on AXS Network. The Freiberg-penned 1979 hit “Jane” is the theme song for the Netflix original series, “Wet, Hot American Summer”. In 2014-15, the band played a series of free concerts for American veterans and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the US Department of Defense. Jefferson Starship has traveled the world playing in 20 countries across the globe over the last several years. The music that defined a generation and spanned decades is alive and well and more relevant than ever in pop culture – songs such as “Volunteers,” “White Rabbit,” “Wooden Ships,” “Somebody to Love,” “Today, Miracles,” “Count on Me,” “Fast Buck Freddie,” “Jane,” and “Find Your Way Back” continue to reverberate throughout the collective consciousness today.