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Published: 2008/05/08

The Jammys: A Retrospective

Last nights festivities marked the final installment of the Jammy Awards. The award ceremonys spirit will continue on in another form, but until then wed like to pay tribute to both the last seven Jammys and this years Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Phish. Randy Ray compiled the following at last nights event.
Warren Haynes Govt Mule, Allman Brothers Band
Favorite Jammy moment?

I have a bunch of Jammy moments, but my favorite is probably playing with Steve Winwood because I was such a fan growing up and I think hes so amazing. We have since become friends, but playing with him the first time was really incredible. Bringing the Black Crowes back together was a very special time. Getting the Allman Brothers with Trey and John Scofield was really cool. I have a lot of great Jammy memories.
Favorite Phish memory?
My first sit-in with Phish was probably my favorite. I thought we clicked with little or no rehearsalthings went really well. I played a lot with them through the years, a lot of different songs, doing Zeppelin stuff that we did and Funky Bitch. I have a connection with Son Seals, as well, because Son recorded one of my songs so Ive known him through that relationship, so theres this triangular relationship between Phish, myself, and Son Seals. All the times that I set in were all memorable, but I think that first experience in Portland, Maine is probably the one that stands out the most.
Josh Clark Tea Leaf Green
Favorite Jammy moment?
My favorite Jammy moment would have to be when we won one but I had no idea. Somehow moe. knew, and I was having a drink backstage, and they said, Hey, dudeshouldnt you be on stage getting your award, right now? Everybody else tried to keep it a secret, but they blew it. I didnt think we were going to win so, obviously, I was having drinks.
Favorite Phish memory?
Greek Theatre. 95. L.A. Whole showtop to bottomrockin. First show so it holds a nice, special place in my heart.
Matisyahu
Favorite Jammy moment?
My favorite Jammy moment was the opportunity I just had to speak and to play the music. It was great.
Favorite Phish memory?
My favorite Phish memory is hard to choose, but one of their songs on the live record, A Live One, Harry Hood, always had a lot of meaning and was very inspirational for me, so my favorite moment was listening to that record in my bedroom when I was 16.
Marc Brownstein Disco Biscuits
Favorite Jammy moment?
Roseland in 2002 and we were playing with DJ Logic, Stanley Jordan and John Popper. We were playing in E minor, and one thing I like to do sometimes, when were in E minor, is to start dropping Gs on the bass underneath it, and totally trip out everybody on
top of itmajorize the whole progression. Sometimes when you do it with guys who arent familiar with jamband music, or the idea that you can do that in the middle of an improv, you trip them out, too. I remember when I did it, Stanley Jordon looked up for a second, looked at me, and then looked at his guitar, looked at me and smiled. I thought, ManStanley Jordan just smiled at my G! My G string!
Favorite Phish memory?
So many things that were amazing. My favorite Phish memory was the day I decided to go on tour with Phish at HORDE in Orange County. Widespread played, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, the Samplesso many bands played. It was just musicmusicmusic all day long. Phish wasnt on HORDE but they were headlining five of them, and I had seen them live before, but never in direct comparison with a bunch of other bands. They came out on stage, the sun had just set after a full days music had passed, kicked into 2001, and I really honestly feel that in the period of three minutes, they stomped out the rest of the entire improvisational music scene. They came out with their gigantic foot and just planted it down on top of everybody forever. Widespread managed to crawl out from under that foot on that day and grow into a beast, but it was just so much better than everything else.
Jake Cinninger Umphreys McGee
Favorite Jammy moment?
Walking into SIR studios the first year we were invited [2005], and into this tiny little studio that could only fit a three-piece, and it was all of us, and Huey Lewis walked through the door, Mavis Staples walks in, and then, Sinead OConnor. It was really bizarre because we were watching these three stars collide and get to know each other just as we were getting to know them. It was cool, though. Everyone was fresh faces to each other and vaguely knew each other, but it was cool to see this bonding of You know one of my friends through thisit showed how small the world was. Huey Lewis knew Sineads friend through some random other, and Mavis had met some of Hueys band, so there was a common ground. It was nice to know that our band brought all of those three together. I think that was very beneficial. It was a very light-hearted event.
Favorite Phish memory?
My buddy and drummer, Steve Krojniewski, who is in Ali Babas Tahini, said, Hey, man, lets go see Phish. I love these guys. I had not seen them and this was in 97, so I was very much a late bloomer. I had always heard about how bad ass they were and they were coming around so we wanted to hit the Deer Creek shows, so the famed 97 Deer Creek shows were my first shows. We were in the center of the pavilion, about 30 rows back, and just taking in how big the thing was. I had no idea how large and powerful Phish was at the time. I did not realize it until I was right in the middle of it all. I stopped and looked at what was happening and I also couldnt believe how much sound was coming out of the stage. It was just beautifulall the way down from the lights to the music to the sound, it was the perfect entity of improv rock n roll to that point. Also, thank God for Phish because they brought progressive rock back to the forefront, and
forced it in front of people, forced them to get into some sort of progressivenessthings that were Big Ideas, stretched out over long amounts of time, which sums it up to me.
Grace Potter Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Favorite Jammy moment?
It has yet to come because there are so many things happening. [Joe Russo walks up and suggests that any moment with him is her favorite and Potter agrees.] I will try to improve on [those Russo/Jammy moments].
Favorite Phish memory?
At the Great Went, I was giving paints away to peoplethe Phish Art booth is what it was calledand painting on a whatever you wanted kind of thing. I painted a mans member. Thats one of my favorite moments. He wasnt that cute or anything. It was just kind of epic. I didnt tell him at the time that I was only 14. It was good, though.
Joe Russo American Babies, Benevento-Russo Duo, Bustle in Your Hedgerow
Favorite Jammy moment?
My favorite Jammy moment that I can actually remember right now is, I believe it was the first year, when the Lake Trout guys played with a couple of guys from the Ramones. That was bad ass. Lake Trout always had a killing vibe and werent quite in this world. It was cool rock n rollnot funky, per sebut more like were doing our different shit, and it broke the mold. I thought that was really rad.
Favorite Phish memory?
New Years 95 at MSG. That was pretty amazing. I was definitely way into Phish from 90 to 95, and that was the pinnacle moment for my Phish-watching career, so it is an honor to be appreciating those gentlemen this evening.
Trevor Garrod Tea Leaf Green
Favorite Jammy moment?
At the last Jammys, I was getting a bit rambunctious so I took a big bite out of our award. I had these teeth marks on it, and my manager looked at me, horrified, and said, Give that to me! He didnt trust me with it, so now, there are teeth marks on our Jammy.
Favorite Phish memory?
The first time I saw them they were opening up for Santana and it was like, Who the hell are these guys? What are they doing on the trampoline? Theyre pretty good. Some people in front of me, turn around and said, These guys are pretty good. I was with my dad and he said, Yeah, the lyrics suck. And it was all encapsulated right there.

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