Jeff Mattson
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Jeff Mattson Jeff Mattson (guitar, vocals) is a master of eclectic styles. Lead guitarist for Dark Star Orchestra, and the Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson. Jeff is a founding member of the legendary jam band, The Zen Tricksters.

Jeff has been a student of the Jerry Garcia style of guitar playing since with early 1970s. In addition to playing in a band currently with Donna Jean Godchaux, Jeff has played with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick, Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, David Nelson, Buddy Cage, Peter Rowan, Martin Fierro, and Vassar Clements.

Jeff, a veteran of over 30 years on the road, is a guitar wizard whose playing ranges from rock & roll to blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, and folk, with a healthy dose of psychedelia. Jeff is also a strong original songwriter and his work is prominently featured on five original albums, including several pieces co-written with bandmate Donna Jean Godchaux and one with Rob Barraco (Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh & Friends), "Leave Me Out of This," a track on Phil & Friends Sony CD, There and Back Again.

He is known for delivering heart-wrenching vocals as well as his ever-present desire to explore new musical terrain with his fellow musicians. Jeff was asked to audition for Phil Lesh & Friends in the fall of 1999 and in October 1999, Jeff and DSO band mate (then Zen Trickster keyboard player), Rob Barraco, played three shows with Phil & Friends at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco .

 
NOTABLE MUSICIANS JEFF HAS PERFORMED WITH
Donna Jean Godchaux Phil Lesh Bob Weir
Bill Kreutzmann Mickey Hart Tom Constanten
Vince Welnick Melvin Seals Merl Saunders
Martin Fierro David Murray Jeff Chimenti
Jay Lane Kenny Brooks Robin Sylvester
Mark Karan Rob Wasserman Rick Danko
New Riders of the Purple Sage David Nelson Band David Nelson
Buddy Cage Barry Sless Mookie Seigel
Jorma Kaukonen Jack Casady Pete Sears
Mike Falzarano Harvey Sorgen Justin Guip
David Freiberg Los Lobos John Molo
Oteil Burbridge Derek Trucks Warren Haynes
Danny Louis Jeff Sipe Steve Kimock
Mike Gordon Peter Rowan Vassar Clements
Jesse McReynolds Bill Keith Tony Trischka
Kenny Kosek Barry Mitterhoff Radim Czenkel
Country Joe MacDonald David Bennett Cohen Sikuru Adepoju
Kenwood Denard Stanley Jordan Fareed Haque
Chad Wackerman George Porter Jr. Jason Crosby
Richie Cannata Keller Williams Steel Pulse
John Popper Chris Barron Michael Kang
String Cheese Incident Max Creek David Gans
Reed Mathis John Kadlicek

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