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
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
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.
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: