The Friday Night Jam

“The jamband and roots-rock scene that Relix grew out of has always been defined by its traditions and rituals dating back to the Grateful Dead, and I hope this series can explore some of the spiritual matters at the heart of each artists’ musical journey.”

– Mike Greenhaus, Editor-in-Chief, Relix

The Friday Night Jam is a speaking series hosted by Rabbi Dan and Mike Greenhaus, Editor-in-Chief of Relix Magazine. Each event includes a conversation with an artist about their music, spirituality and community that forms around artistic expression. Previous Jams have featured talks with Matisyahu on spiritual rebirths, Lisa Loeb on her artistic inspirations, and Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group) on poetry.

Next Guest: Jackie Greene

Friday, February 3rd @ 7pm
@ (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker St.

Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Jackie Greene has carved out a unique musical niche synthesizing his deep affinity for American roots styles into his own timeless, personally-charged music while also engaging in a series of collaborative musical adventures that have teamed him with several notable veterans.

Each Jam includes:
* Friday Night blessings and ritual
* Conversation about music and spirituality
* Audience Q & A
* Short Musical Performance
* A drink and a snack

Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Jackie Greene has carved out a unique musical niche synthesizing his deep affinity for American roots styles into his own timeless, personally-charged music while also engaging in a series of collaborative musical adventures that have teamed him with several notable veterans. 

In 2013, Greene joined the reunited Black Crowes as lead guitarist on their worldwide tour, and the following year released the self-titled debut album of super-group Trigger Hippy, which Greene is a member of along with Joan Osborne and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman.  Greene is also a frequent member of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s touring ensemble Phil Lesh & Friends, for which he has contributed lead guitar and vocals since 2007. Greene also toured as part of WRG, an acoustic trio with the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, and he performed with Levon Helm as part of Helm's fabled Midnight Ramble shows.

Musical passion and creative integrity have been constants in Jackie Greene's musical life from the start.  Growing up in Northern California, he taught himself to play piano and guitar during his childhood.  His musical reference points shifted radically when, at the age of 14, he ran across a cache of his parents' vintage rock, country, blues and R&B LPs in the family's basement. 

Still in his teens and inspired by his discoveries, Greene began writing songs and performing them at a local coffeehouse while recording his compositions in his makeshift garage studio and burning CDRs to sell at his gigs.  He saved the money he made selling those discs to fund his debut album, the self-produced, self-released Rusty Nails.  Despite being a D.I.Y. release with minimal promotion, the disc received substantial regional attention from fans and press alike. 

"The musicians that I really admire and try to emulate are the ones who have the whole package: they're great songwriters, great singers and great instrumentalists, and they have a vibe about them that's real," he states, adding, "When I go to make a record, I'm not thinking about where I can fit in a bunch of guitar solos.  I'm thinking, 'What does this song feel like?  What's it saying?'  So my goal, when writing a song or making a record, is to find the core of that emotional experience and convey that."