Jorma Kaukonen

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Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen is an American guitarist of folk, blues and rock, known for his work with the bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him 54th on its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Jorma_Kaukonen’s Biography

First years

He was born in Washington DC on December 23, 1940, son of Beatrice and Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen, spent much of his childhood living in the Philippines, due to his father’s work, until he finally returned to his birthplace where He started playing the guitar as a teenager. Along with his future mate at Jefferson Airplane, Jack Casady, he formed his first band in Washington called The Triumphs. At this time he starts playing the guitar with the Fingerpicking technique.

In 1962, Kaukonen moved to the Bay of San Francisco to study at the University of Santa Clara. He began to play blues alone in bars and cafes, sometimes accompanied by a very young Janis Joplin. Of this time it remains like testimony the recording of 1964 titled The Typewriter Tapes. In the university he met Paul Kanter, who invited him to attend a rehearsal of Jefferson Airplane and after a jam session invited him to join the band. Kaukonen, as a blues guitarist, never thought about playing in a rock band, but he was attracted by the multiple sound effects offered by the electric guitar and did not hesitate to join the group.

Jefferson Airplane

In his time at Jefferson Airplane, he was not too prolific in terms of composition, however he left some memorable pieces such as the acoustic theme Embryonic Jorney, which appears in Surrealistic Pillow, the second album of the band, in which it is made His virtuosity in the fingerpicking domain is evident, and on the next album, After Bathing at Baxter’s, the sound of Kaukonen becomes harder, inspired, among others, by guitarist Mike Bloomfield. This change of style is evident in The Last Wall of the Castle and the instrumental Spare Chaynge, co-written with Jack Casady and Spencer Dryden. In Crown of Creation he signs Star Track. In 1971, the band publishes the album Bark where Kaukonen appears accredited in three subjects; the instrumental Wild Turkey, Feel So Good and the autobiographical Third Week in the Chelsea in which he expresses his feelings about the disintegration of the band.

Hot Tuna

In 1969, along with his partner Jack Casady, he started a parallel project with Jefferson Airplane, which they named Hot Tuna, in which Kaukonen returns to his origins as an acoustic bluesman. After the dissolution of Jefferson Airplane in 1972, the sound of the band would become more electric and would have the collaboration of the violinist Papa John Creach for the recording of their first studio album, Burger (1972), the two previous albums had been recordings live acoustics. For their next album, The Phosphorescent Rat (1973), they also featured Papa John Creach.

As of 1974, Casady and Kaukonen are joined by drummer Bob Steeler, during this period, the band was famous for their long instrumental tracks. That same year Kaukonen publishes his first solo album, produced by Jack Casady, under the title of Quah, which highlights especially the song “Genesis” probably the most famous of his solo career.

More Facts about Jorma Kaukonen

Whole Name Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen, Jr.
AKA(s) Jorma Kaukonen, Kaukonen, Jorma
Born/Where Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Born December 23, 1940
Astrological sign Capricorn
What He/She Does Musician, songwriter

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