Melvin Seals & JGB1995

Melvin Seals & JGB

From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. 

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. In 1980 seals became a member of the Jerry Garcia Band, taking over piano and organ duties. Seals remained with the band until Garcia’s passing in 1995. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music.” After the passing of Garcia and fellow Jerry Garcia bandmate John Kahn (one of the longest-tenured members of Garcia’s band), Seals formed JGB. The band is, in essence, the Jerry Garcia Band, sans the iconic singer. Their aim is to continue the group’s legacy. Outside of Seals, the band consists of Peter Lavezzoli, Zach Nugent, John-Paul McLean, Sunshine Becker, and Lady Chi. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Melvin and JGB bring an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of Zach Nugent’s guitar and vocals, Pete Lavezzoli’s hearty drums and, of course, a heapin’ helpin’ of the wizard’s magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Along with 2 amazing backing vocals a soprano and alto, Sunshine (Garcia) Becker and Lady Chi, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours. In addition to the often played staples, the band has recently been exploring the back catalog and performing a ton of super rare tunes, some of which The Jerry Garcia Band played only a few times over all those years. Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him “Master of the Universe.” Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself!

Band Members

Melvin Seals – Hammond B3 Organ, Keyboards, Vocals
Pete Lavezzoli – Drums
John-Paul McLean – Bass
Zach Nugent – Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals
Lady Chi – Vocals Sunshine (Garcia) Becker – Vocals


Melvin Seals and JGB :: The Capitol Theatre :: 03/02/18 :: Full Show by Relix

Melvin Seals and JGB with Sunshine Becker, Ron Holloway at the Stone Pony 3-1-18 by rdeal1999

Melvin Seals and JGB – 3-6-18 – Rusty Nail – Stowe, VT by gort81