Melvin Seals: The Legendary Hammond B-3 Wizard
Melvin Seals has done it again!!! The legendary Hammond B-3 wizard is introducing his new band along with a new CD release entitled, "Melvin Seals' Melting Pot". Melvin is best known for his long friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon and guitarist Jerry Garcia and the smile of his that lights up the room. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music".
Current projects include Merle Saunders and Melvin Seals Live on Tour, JGB Keepers of the Flame, Melvin Seals Melting Pot and The Mix. The best is yet to come. From blues to funk to rock to bluegrass, The Mix serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Each member of this powerhouse lineup brings an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of guitar, mandolin, slide and lap steel with savory bass, hearty drums and, of course, a heapin' helpin' of the wizard's magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that keeps audiences dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for several hours. Melvin is pioneering a path deeper into the musical territory he helped to establish.
The Melvin Seals' performances are a must see, must feel experience!!! Their music is guaranteed to get into your soul, raise your spirit and get you groovin'!!!
"May you enjoy peace and happiness until we meet again". –MS
Melvin Seals' Information Center
Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer.
He first started playing the piano at the age of 8. Later he played gospel music in a local church. Gideon & Power, a local San Fransisco group was the name of his first band.
He has played with legends such as Chuck Berry, Charlie Daniels and Elvin Bishop. But perhaps Melvin is most revered for his powerful and high-spirited Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band, adding his gospel-soul touches to the rhythm and blues base of the JGB..
In 1980 Melvin Seals joined the Jerry Garcia Band, remaining a member until Jerry Garcia's sudden death in 1995. After the deaths of Garcia and Kahn in respectively 1995 and 1996, Seals formed JGB, which included with Garcia's background singers, Gloria Jones and Jackie Labranch. Over the passing years the JGB band has seen a number of former musicians/friends of Jerry's including Donna Jean, Barry Sless, Mookie Siegel, Pete Sears, G. E. Smith, Mike Lawson, Dave Hebert, Mark Karan, and Brian Lesh to name just a few, playing with the ever present Melvin Seals.
Touring steadily from late 1996 through 1999, Seals released in February of 1998, a live CD with JGB called "Welcome To Our World.” Some feel that JGB is essentially the Jerry Garcia band without Jerry, yet continuing the original group's legacy. Nevertheless, Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with his latest projects, Vitamin B-3 and The Mix, Melvin Seals Rythm Factory and the Melvin Seals JGB Band.
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Glide Magazine Feature Article
Melvin Seals: Keeping The Circle Unbroken
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Melvin Seals, the musical director and keyboardist for the Jerry Garcia Band for over 15 years, has formed a new band called The Mix with a cast of all-star musicians. In this new group with Melvin are: John Kadlecik, guitarist and vocalist from Dark Star Orchestra (The Dead's favorie Greateful Dead Cover Band!), along with bassist Kevin Rosen also from Darkstar, and Greg Anton fromt the famed San Francisco Jam Band Zer. The Album contains 10 new, original songs and is a must for all Jam Band aficionados as well as Grateful Dead fans. The Mix will be hitting the road this Fall in support of the album.