JEFFERSON STARSHIP, a collaboration of celebrated musicians that plays from the rich songbook of its legendary forefathers JEFFERSON AIRPLANE and the original incarnation of JEFFERSON STARSHIP, prevails as one of the most critically acclaimed touring acts today. Steeped in the fantastic realms of science fiction and the contemporary American shadowland, JEFFERSON STARSHIP features a stellar cast of old and new players, including songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Paul Kantner, vocalist Marty Balin, both of whom founded JEFFERSON AIRPLANE and were crucial in developing the renowned "San Francisco Sound" that changed the course of pop music forever.

 In 1965, Kantner and Balin formed JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, embarking from Balin's San Francisco nightclub The Matrix. With Casady, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, vocalist Signe Anderson and drummer Skip Spence, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE became the first San Francisco rock group to sign a recording contract with a major label. Their first album on RCA, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, was released in 1966. Vocalist Grace Slick joined the AIRPLANE in 1967, bringing with her, the hits "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," anthems that announced the "Summer of Love "and permanently altered the perspective of an entire generation. Both songs hit the Top 10 that year, making JEFFERSON AIRPLANE the most successful rock band in America.

 Born of the decade marked by civil rights activism, the war in Vietnam and the counterculture Mecca of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, Kantner's group defined the psychedelic nation with their appearances at the Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Altamont music festivals. Now icons in the reformation of American music and thought, the LPs Surrealistic Pillow, Crown of Creation, Bless its Pointed Little Head and Volunteers surpassed the limits of musical and lyrical expression previously unexplored, introducing strident and striking political tracts, yet capable of evoking the most tender emotions. 

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE disbanded in 1972, leaving in its wake the canon of work that includes "It's No Secret," "My Best Friend," "Comin' Back To Me," "Plastic Fantastic Lover," "We Can Be Together," "Today," "Wooden Ships" (with David Crosby and Steven Stills) and "Volunteers" (which, nearly 30 years after its inception, was featured in the Oscar winning film Forrest Gump and the PBS documentary Baseball).

 Earlier, in 1970,  Kantner embodied his utopian vision of music and community with the science fiction opus Blows Against the Empire. Recorded with Slick, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, David Crosby, Graham Nash, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Joey Covington, Harvey Brooks - Blows Against the Empire was nominated for science fiction literature's prestigious Hugo Award. To date, the album is the only recording in rock 'n roll history to have been honored so. The Blows Against the Empire collaboration was the prototype for Kantner's next ensemble, JEFFERSON STARSHIP, which he formed in 1974.Joined by Balin, Slick, lead guitarist Craig Chaquico, bassist Pete Sears and drummer John Barbata, the first incarnation of JEFFERSON STARSHIP reigned as one of the most artistically and commercially successful rock groups for a decade.

 Jefferson Starship's initial release, Dragonfly, spawned the rock radio staples "Ride the Tiger" and "Caroline," both penned by Kantner. The band's breakthrough album came a year later with Red Octopus, which featured the hit single "Miracles" and catapulted the group to the top of Billboard's album chart four separate times in 1975. The band's subsequent releases -- Spitfire (1976), Earth (1978), Freedom at Point Zero (1979) Winds of Change (1981) and Nuclear Furniture (1983) --generated the hits "With Your Love," "St. Charles," "Count on Me,""Runaway" and "Jane." Balin left the group in 1979 to pursue a solo career. His 1980 debut release, Balin, yielded the hit "Hearts." In 1983, Kantner released his second solo album, Planet Earth Rock & Roll Orchestra, featuring guitarist Ronnie Montrose, Slick and China Kantner, the daughter of Kantner and Slick. 

 The next year, Kantner departed from JEFFERSON STARSHIP to work on his own projects. Kantner rejoined with Balin in 1985 to form the KBC BAND, which produced the 1987 Arista release KBC Band (including the Kantner  hit "America") and also featured keyboardist Tim Gorman from the Who and guitarist Slick Aguilar from David Crosby's band. In 1987, Kantner embarked on a fact-finding tour of Nicaragua and the Sandinista government. Upon his return to the U.S., he published his journals of the trip in Paul Kantner's Nicaragua Diary. In 1989, Kantner briefly reunited with JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, a much anticipated project that resulted in an album, Jefferson Airplane, and a summer tour. 

 In 1991, Kantner was back on the road with a stripped down, acoustic ensemble called PAUL KANTNER'S WOODEN SHIPS, a trio that included Aguilar and Gorman from the KBC BAND. In addition to his classic songs, Kantner and his group performed new material which received resounding praise. The success of this project prompted Kantner to reinvent his electric band, and JEFFERSON STARSHIP took off once again. In addition to Aguilar and Gorman, Kantner recruited former collaborators Jack Casady and the late blues violin master Papa John Creach; former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince; and former World Entertainment War vocalist Darby Gould.

 Shortly after the band's rebirth, Marty Balin rejoined JEFFERSON STARSHIP, ending a 15-year hiatus from the group. Papa John died in early 1993, weeks after touring Europe. Concurrently, a sensational young vocalist, Diana Mangano joined the group with her debut at "Woodstock In Mexico", replacing Gould,. In classic Kantner style, the group expands at times to include family members Grace Slick and daughter China Kantner; original JEFFERSON AIRPLANE vocalist Signe Anderson; drummer's Trey Sabatelli and Dean Johnson; & keyboardist/guitarist John Ferenzik (from Todd Rundgren Band www.ferenzik.com).

 In 1995, JEFFERSON STARSHIP headlined a tribute to Papa John at Hollywood's House of Blues, broadcast nationally on the CBS Radio Network Concert Series. With very special guest Grace Slick (in herlast live performance to date), they debuted new material, together with timeless classics, comprising the 1995 release Deep Space/Virgin Sky. In 1996 PAUL KANTNER & MARTY BALIN were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as part of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE. In 1997, much sought, session keyboardist Chris Smith (DIANA ROSS, LOU BEGA) joined the band on a full-time basis.

 Since reforming in 1992, JEFFERSON STARSHIP has performed almost 800 concerts in 18 countries. They not only perform all the timeless hitsof JEFFERSON STARSHIP , but also perform the entire repertoire ofJEFFERSON AIRPLANE, started by KANTNER & BALIN 38 years ago.

 In 2014, Jefferson Starship celebrates 40 Years in Space!

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 PAUL KANTNER founded JEFFERSON AIRPLANE in 1965. THE AIRPLANE were the biggest rock group in America during the 1960s and the first San Francisco band to sign a major record deal, paving the way for other legends like GRATEFUL DEAD & JANIS JOPLIN. They headlined the original WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL in 1969 and like THE BEATLES with whom they are critically compared, lasted a mere 7 years ... though their influence and impact on rock music continues well into the 21st century. In 1974 Mr. KANTNER created JEFFERSON STARSHIP and again enjoyed chart-topping success. PAUL, & JEFFERSON AIRPLANE were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, the same year as PINK FLOYD.

In 1974 JEFFERSON STARSHIP, the name created by PAUL for his 1971 solo debut “Blows Against The Empire” recording, has endured 40 years as one of rock's most legendary bands. That recording was the first and only to ever be nominated for literary science fiction’s Hugo Award … a stellar achievement.



 

 Co-founder DAVID FREIBERG also started the legendary QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE, the Fillmore era San Francisco band who often shared the bill with THE DEAD & THE AIRPLANE). DAVID is a world famous singer, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He was also a member of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, and co-wrote one of JEFFERSON STARSHIP's all-time biggest hits, “Jane” – which he performs.
DONNY BALDWIN became part of the San Francisco music scene in the early 70s growing, up there. From 1973 to 1978 Donny was with the "Elvin Bishop" Band. During this time he toured and recorded six albums which included the #1 hit single, "Fooled Around and Fell In Love". From 1981 to 1989, Donny was a member of the group JEFFERSON STARSHIP. In January 1994, he joined the JERRY GARCIA BAND. He has toured, recorded and played with artist such as KENNY LOGGINS, PABLO CRUISE, CHUCK BERRY, VAN MORRISON, RUSSELL HITCHCOCK, RONNIE MONTROSE, GREGG ALLMAN, HEART, LYDIA PENSE & COLD BLOOD, 38 SPECIAL and EDDIE MONEY.

CHRIS SMITH joined JEFFERSON STARSHIP in 1998, instantly winning the job of keyboardist. Having toured with THE SUPREMES and LOU BEGA.

 CHRIS has gone on to place music in film and television including the #1 rated series “CSI.”

 In 2000, following the departure of bassist JACK CASADY, CHRIS assumed the seeming impossible task of playing piano AND (synth) bass simultaneously … a feat only duplicated by the legendary RAY MANZAREK of THE DOORS. CHRIS has been keyboardist longer than any in the band’s fabled history.

CATHY RICHARDSON is JEFFERSON STARSHIP’s newest member, anchoring the historic ‘role’ made famous by GRACE SLICK. She is an award winning music artist, graphic artist, and clothing designer. Her professional credits include fronting her successful rock band, producing and releasing seven albums on her various indie record labels. She was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Art Direction of her band's 2003 release, “The Road to Bliss.” “The Road to Bliss” also received two DIY Awards (Do It Yourself in Film, Books and Music) for Album Art of the Year and Producer of the Year. Her latest release, “Delusions of Grandeur,” topped the 2007 DIYs when she won both Album and Producer of the Year.

She portrayed Janis Joplin in the original Off Broadway cast of the hit show “Love, Janis” and also in Chicago, Sag Harbor, NY, San Francisco, Phoenix and Tucson, and sings with Janis' original band members, Big Brother and the Holding Co. Also, Cathy is set to launch her new line of hand dyed, organic cotton yoga pants, Shining Shakti

As a top session singer, Richardson has recorded dozens of national commercials for companies like Kraft, McDonald's, Budweiser, Applebee's, Glade and State Farm Insurance. Her voice can be heard in the films Savage, HBO's the Vagina Monologues and Talledega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

On-camera tv credits include a regular spot on Jack's Big Music Show, a rocking music education show for kids on the Noggin Network, produced by Spiffy Pictures. Richardson also narrates and sings on the popular Spiffy-produced DVD series for kids, the Curious Buddies.
JUDE GOLD is an acclaimed lead guitarist, joining JEFFERSON STARSHIP in 2012, starting with a ten-country international tour. He took over for longtime lead player SLICK AGUILAR, who is recovering from a liver transplant. Hailing from San Francisco, JUDE has also toured with contemporary stars MIGUEL MIGS, BILLY SHEEHAN, KRISTIN CHENOWETH, and JGB (Jerry Garcia's band).

The former Director of GIT (the Guitar Program at MUSICIANS INSTITUTE in Hollywood, California, where he still teaches), JUDE is also a guitar journalist — the Los Angeles editor of GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE. Check out JUDE’s debut music video by clicking here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo4lpDuS9y8