Guitarist Stanley Jordan has formed a new band called Stanley Plays The Dead. Stanley describes it as “Cosmic vible variations on the music of the Grateful Dead. We're adding more jazz elements, while keeping the original musical feel and the trippy vibe.”
Over the last 10 years or so, Stanley has been a frequent guest with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Stanley says, “Since I've been playing with Phil a lot of his fans have started coming to my shows. I wanted to reward them with something that I knew they would like. I also wanted to bring new people in to share in the spirit of openness and belongingness that this music brings about.”
Here are the band members, all of whom sing as well as play instruments:
STANLEY JORDAN was raised in Palo Alto, California—the very city in which the Grateful Dead was formed. In this band he uses his signature tapping style while still paying homage to Jerry Garcia's lilting melodies.
Drummer KENWOOD DENNARD is unique among drummers, and he's influenced multiple generations of musicians of all instruments.
Bassist GREG KOERNER brings a lifetime of experience playing Grateful Dead music.
JESSE HIATT is the band's keyboardist and second guitarist. He brings the blues, African, Brazilian, funk and R&B.