Last night Jefferson Airplane was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The event also recognized Earth Wind and Fire, Herbie Hancock, Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Linda Ronstadt and RUN DMC. Additionally, John Cage, Fred Foster and Chris Strachwitz (Arhoolie Records) received Trustees Award honorees. The award ceremony was filmed for a future PBS Great Performances show titled Grammy Salute to Music Legends. I look forward to that broadcast when it airs later this year.
It was unfortunate that Marty Balin was unable to join the festivities. His doctor ordered that he not attend. I respect putting your health first. Balin issued a press release on Friday April 22nd assuring everyone that he is doing well and that he looks forward to resuming his 2016 tour in the near future. Tour updates are found at http://martybalinmusic.com/ I’m considering seeing him at The Iridium in NYC if its feasible.
I have seen various social media photographs from last night’s awards in my Facebook stream.
I liked this shot of (left-right) Jack Casady, Grace Slick (wearing Paul Kantner’s hat), Cathy Richardson (who sang for Grace) and Jorma Kaukonen.