Jeff Pearlman started playing keyboards in 1991 at age 29 as a result of his passion for the music of the Grateful Dead. When he started seeing shows, he was captivated by the sound of the Hammond Organ. It sounded like it was ALIVE! At that point, he was determined to learn how to make that sound, and play that music. When he started playing, it was with an eye toward finding kindred spirits and play the music of the Dead.
From 1991-1998, that was the focus of his playing. Around ’98, he got a hankering to cultivate more of his own voice in an original project. Fortunately, in going to school on the music of the Dead, he had learned to play in a variety of styles, and of course, to improvise. It remained important to him that improvisation as a collective be an essential part of whatever project he participated in. Playing the Hammond Organ is still Jeff’s greatest passion in music.
Over the years, he has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the legends he grew up admiring such as Merl Saunders, Buddy Cage, David Nelson, Vassar Clements, and more. He has also had the opportunity to record with several bands, The Katie Pearlman Band and Ronnie Penque’s two solo releases (second one forthcoming).
Jeff’s current projects include: The Penque-Diomede Band (PDB), The Ronnie Penque Band, The Katie Pearlman Band, and WigJam (Grateful Dead Tribute – NYC area).