Melvin Seals: The Legendary Hammond B-3 Wizard

You've just gotta love the guy and what he has done on the music scene. I remember the first time I heard some tracks from "Melting Pot". I was driving into work where I am part of a team that handles custom application development for companies requiring specialized, industry-specific needs that are usually outside the scope of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) programs. When a company utilizes COTS software, they're at the whim of the company that built the software. Imagine the disruptions that could occur if the company's COTS software were discontinued? Most likely they would be required to purchase some unexpected expensive upgrades or in the worst scenario, go out of business. Custom business and web application development that we create for clients is actually owned by them. They can keep the programs and tools as long as they like. Custom software development alleviates concerns that the one day-in and day-out programs a company relies on will suddenly not be available anymore. Anyway, I was stopped in a LA traffic jam feeling resigned to the fact I would be late again when the upbeat and quirky jam band rocker "Celebrate" came on followed by the hard-driving "Woman With an Attitude." All my frustrations evaporated and lo and behold the traffic jam melted away.

I loved this site when it first appeared to promote the release of "Melvin Seals' Melting Pot" and was stunned when it seemed to just disappear overnight. Turns out the domain had expired. Well, I was delighted when I recently discovered that the domain was available, so I bought it with the goal of recreating as much of its original content as possible from archived pages. I did not want someone else to purchase the domain and re-purpose the site for something that had nothing in common with the original website. Take a nostalgic boogie through the site as I have reimagined it. And enjoy.

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Circa 2005

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.

Booking Agency for
Melvin Seals Related Projects

American Artists
Phil Hache
315 S. Beverly Hill Dr.
Suite 407
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 277-7877
(310) 277-7697 (fax)


Glide Magazine Feature Article
Melvin Seals: Keeping The Circle Unbroken
Ross Warner
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.