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THE BAND

PETER HARRIS

// guitar

 

Peter, toured and recorded with Melvin Seals’ JGB back in the 90s. They recorded an incendiary live cd at the Hollywood House of Blues, called “Welcome to our World” for the House of Blues record label.

In 2002 Peter joined other Bay Area greats such as bassist Mario Cipollina, vocalist Joli Valenti, and drummer Greg Anton in the band Quicksilver Gold. Several dynamic live bootlegs of that configuration are in circulation.

Mr. Harris is also a founding member of the Michael Bloomfield retrospective band, House of Bloomfield, which featured a rotating cast of guest artists such as saxophonist Martin Fierro and guitar legend Terry Haggerty.

 

In the late 90s/early 2000s Pete co-founded a number of different bands, each showcasing his ever expanding songwriting and performing abilities including: Hard Times Band, Mystery Cats and Junior Tucker Band

Pete, along with his brother Charlie on bass, and keyboardist/guitarist Steve Farzan, formed a gypsy jazz jam band called Django Obscura, in 2006. This band morphed into the psychedelic 60s electric band Obscura Jam.

More recently, Harris for several years played in the fiercely blues laced Linda Imperial Band thru out the Bay Area where David Freiberg would frequently join in.

JODY SALINO

// guitar

Jody was hooked in his early teens when he first heard Hot Tuna. Where were all those sounds coming from? Influenced to play guitar. Drawn to fingerpicking. He sought out his heroes and studied with them. Ian Buchanan, Dave van Ronk, Stefan Grossman and Jorma Kaukonen all had one thing in common, they played the Piedmont style made famous by Rev. Gary Davis.

 

By the early 80’s he was part of the seminal New York jam band (before ‘jam band’ was a thing), EarMen. After a move to the west coast in the mid 80’s, Jody co-fronted BluesCasters and recorded Dirt Road. He then engineered and performed on the JC Flyer album Movin’ On. Subsequently he took the guitar chair in Bay Area band, Shakey Zimmerman. Incorporating his piedmont influenced style into all of these bands, Jody performed with many of his heroes over the years.

 

In addition to his guitar skills, Jody had also worked with Phil Lesh and Friends for an audio editor, earning a Columbia Records credit for his work editing and mastering the bonus disc on Phil’s There and Back Again album.

 

In Grateful Tuna, Jody brings his experience learning from Jorma Kaukonen, enabling the band to pull off detailed arrangements of shot Tuna classics to the delight of audiences.

CHARLIE HARRIS

// bass

 

As a lifelong student of the bass guitar, and moste recently student of Jack Casady, Charlie's signature sound immediately transports you to the 60's and 70's.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Charlie is Peter's older brother.

Charlie spent a lot of time in the great plains farming his fields prior to returning to the bay area.

Together,  the brothers Harris  formed Django Obsucra and then Obscura Jam along with Steve Farzan.

JAY YOUNG

// drums

 

Jay’s parents kindly bought him a 1960’s vintage Ludwig champagne pink sparkle kit when he was 10 and Jay has since pursued the beat all his life. Living in Marin County, Jay’s first bands were primarily San Francisco inspired jam bands. The Webs, which he co-founded in 1979 with Peter Harris and others gained regional notoriety and was one of the first Grateful Dead cover bands around. Many other bands and gigs followed thru out the Bay Area in a variety of genres for more than 20 years. Jay’s reconnection with Peter, Charlie and Jody to form Grateful Tuna in 2019 has reinvigorated his love of drumming and joy of performing.