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Jack Casady

Several generations of music fans are awed by the innovative bass playing of the legendary Jack Casady. A native of Washington D.C., John William Casady was playing lead guitar in that city's clubs while in his early teens. In 1965, having switched to bass, he joined boyhood friend Jorma Kaukonen in San Francisco and became a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane. He played bass on sessions for Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland album of 1968; his work appears on the track "Voodoo Chile" . He played occasionally with the Grateful Dead, and Country Joe and the Fish. Jack and Jorma founded Hot Tuna in 1970, and have toured under that name, through a long list of band members and a wide range of styles, for more than 35 years. In June 2003 Jack released his first solo album, Dream Factor. He is highly regarded for his thoughtful and incisive teaching at the Fur Peace Ranch.

In 2007, Casady joined a new band, Moonalice, whose members are all bass players, including previous Jefferson Starship bassist and Hot Tuna keyboardist Pete Sears, along with G. E. Smith, Barry Sless, Ann McNamee, Roger McNamee, and Jimmy Sanchez.

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