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Jorma Kaukonen

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jorma Kaukonen was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., where he first turned to the guitar. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early '60s, playing backup to singer Janis Joplin in local clubs. In 1965, Kaukonen became a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, which soared to fame in 1967. Though Kaukonen's songs and vocals were not prominently featured in the band, his distinctive guitar-playing was crucial to its sound. With bassist Jack Casady, Kaukonen formed a spinoff duo from the group in 1970 called Hot Tuna, and this became his primary musical vehicle after Jefferson Airplane split in 1973. Hot Tuna recorded a series of albums on which Kaukonen sang and played guitar through 1978. After that, Kaukonen worked as a soloist and with such groups as Vital Parts (1980), and he recorded occasional albums. Kaukonen reunited with Casady in Hot Tuna during the '80s, and both participated in the 1989 reunion of Jefferson Airplane. A Hot Tuna reunion album appeared the following year. Kaukonen remained active as the 20th century closed and into the 21st, regularly touring and recording in different configurations before finding a home with Red House Records, which released Stars in My Crown in 2007 and River of Time in 2009. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Embyronic journey...
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I love the tom Hobson references , I studied and played with Tom in San francisco
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Yes, Quah is a great album - recorded with Tom Hobson, which is why it probably isn't listed as a solo effort here.
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tjhlan
Other artists? If I wanted to listen to OTHER artists I would have listed them
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Quah Quah Quah. Where is his latest release also.
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roywlliams
Quah was a gem of a recording.
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Hey jorma its paul wilanders son
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clarklubbs
Why no Quah?
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yeah, still no Quah? Some of his best work... def. best version of Genesis.
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I prefer to hear Jorma play. With his masterful guitar dexterity and musicality, words are superfilous.
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Still no Quah?
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Another votes for Quah,
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shantteyman
How can you not have Quah on here ? One of the greatest albums ever recorded !
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Quah please!
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cowboy4576
Where's Quah?- one of his finest!
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gardenjnut
can you please bring in Quah?
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timberwolves 7
(continued) So Jorma grew up all over the world - Pakistan, Sweden, and many other countries, absorbing myriad musical influences which is one of the reasons his guitar playing is so unique. Met him a few times and he is a fine man as well as a guitar master..
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timberwolves 7
My wife, sons, and I were honored to call Jorma's mother, Beatrice, a good friend here at Lake Tahoe. One of the most amazing women I've ever known, she taught English at universities all over the world (after living in a commune in the first few decades of the 20th century). Her husband, Big Jorma, had gone into the FBI right out of college. When J. Edgar Hoover became director, Big Jorma formed a union against him. But it became so unbearable, he quit and joined the State Department.
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shantteyman
Fer Chrissakes, Pandora ! Where is Quah ! in your repetoire for Jorma ? It's one the most important recording of his career ! You really need to get it into your rotation.
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Where's Quah? One of my all-time favorite albums. Jorma is one of my all-time favorites as well, and one of the greatest musicians of our time. Come back to Colorado, Jorma!
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Also, Hot Tuna released their first studio album in 20 years on Red House last year. Steady as She Goes Larry Campbell produced and played on it. Great album.
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A giant in traditional blues with an original slant that keeps building on the legend. And an impressive technician on top of all that. A pleasure to listen to.
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Going to see him tonight at Bells Brewery/Kala m a z o o Michigan!!
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Looking forward to seeing Jorma this Saturday in Stoughton WI at the Opera House... Quah is a fav as well as Blue Country Heart
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Has such a unique style -gives you that feeling of yea this why I love groovin to great music.
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I Like Ummm
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Always see him when he comes to Denver
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I wish Quah was on the playlist.... . h a v e been listening to Jorma for many years
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clayranger
In the Bio you have to mention that Jorma went to Antioch College where we roomed with Ian Buchanan. Buchanan was on the oriiginal Blues Project album that also featured Dave Von Ronk, Spider John Koerner, and Danny Kalb among others. In his early days Jorma gave Ian complete credit for all his early tunes which he brought to Hot Tuna
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briantal
Jorma's been a favorite of mine for years. I was lucky enough to meet him at the phily folk fest and hand him a cigar box guitar i built for him... He was very gracious. Thanks again Jorma. And thanks for the music!
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mikepoints
Dont forget Quah-one of the best acoustic albums ever done. What a style!
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Hey Jorma!! Nice to hear you again. I loved you in the Airplane, and with Janis. Thanks, Sandi
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PAPA JOHN CREEICH DID BLAST THE BEST VIOLIN..ELEC T R I C . . . S O MADE THE SOUND...IN 19???...SEE YOU IN THE BELLY-UP...S A N D I E G O CA. 03/10/2011
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What more could you say about Jorma that hasn't already been said...
He's one of the best.
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the greatest artist of our time
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Beautiful talent, beautiful person. Thanks for sharing Jorma.
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420houseofgl a s s
Blue Country Heart Is One Of my FAVS cept For Quah, Which I have had to make several Backups of, I keep wearing em out...Nuff Said...Pure GOLD...
PERIOD!
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themirques
His bio should include his accomplishme n t s as a true "american treasure" as a singer/song writer and guitarist. His playing has inspired and influenced throngs of would-be muscians and music enthusiats alike.
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Incredible artist, talent is just amazing.
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What a lovely sound. His sound makes you melancholic and happy at the same time.
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jorma studied in nyc with the late great reverend gary davis jr.
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His voice is really appealing.
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Besides being personable and a good singer, he can play his guitar!
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Yeah, DAVE (below), what ever DID happen to "QUAH"?! It's a Jorma / Tom Hobson project. If anyone ever finds it at a flea market or garage sale, do yourself a favor and pick it up...GREAT album! I know it's out on disc(k)'caus e I had it (...let's just say it was my first disc trajedy!). =h=
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I have seen Jorma with and without HOT Tuna. The music and style is nothing short of Brilliant! And not that I am anything to judge, but I know what makes my toes tap, my soul sing and my heart fill with Joy! This music does that and more!
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miguel350
Was not familiar with him. This is FANTASTIC!
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kwolfgang33
brilliant
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jjhull
His acoustic work is GREAT - saw him on the Blue Country Heart tour.
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saw jorma a couple of times---grea t guitarist!.. . . w i s h they had stuff from the album Quah
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bruhrab
oh yes

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