Comes A Time : Jeff Chimenti

On this episode of Comes A Time Oteil and Mike welcome Oteil’s bandmate from Dead & Company, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, onto the show. Since joining RatDog in 1997 Chimenti has been the go-to pianist for projects started by former members of the Grateful Dead, and he has become a fundamental contributor in keeping the Dead’s music alive and well.

In this conversation Oteil, Mike, and Jeff talk about Jeff’s early musical education, golf and why Chimenti enjoys it’s meditative silence, gaining emotional maturity through loss and how that helps with interpreting ballads like “China Doll” and “Morning Dew,” and much more. You’ll hear about Chimenti’s navigation through the Grateful Dead universe, and experience the conversation go full-circle as Oteil talks about hitting a musical hole-in-one thanks to the open mindedness of Dead fans. Chimenti also walks us through some of his favorite highlights from his career, including the Grateful Dead 50th reunion shows.

Jeff Chimenti is best known for his playing with various post-Grateful Dead projects including RatDog, Furthur, and Dead & Co. He’s played with Dead & Company since the group first hit the road for the Dead’s 50th reunion in 2015, and he is currently a member of Bob Weir and Wolf Bros. Chimenti’s classical background and proficient jazz chops make him an astonishingly dynamic pianist, and in this conversation you’ll hear all about his life-encompassing approach to music.


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Comes A Time is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Oteil Burbridge and Mike Finoia. Executive Producers are Christina Collins and RJ Bee. Production, Editing and Mixing by Eric Limarenko and Matt Dwyer. Theme music by Oteil Burbridge. To discover more podcasts that connect you more deeply to the music you love, check out


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