Jed Luckless (Guitar, Vocals)
Jed Luckless is a Grateful Dead and Phish inspired musician who performs in the NYC area and streams his shows online. His improvisational style has earned him the nickname Jammin’ Jed. Jed grew up in Westchester County, NY, where he first picked up a guitar at age 12, inspired heavily by exposure to his hard rock guitar idols of the time, such as Jimmy Page, Joe Perry and Angus Young. Jed got his first taste of performing at a high school talent show and after college formed his first band, GuRGLe, which played for several years in and around the NY area. The band’s other members later founded Star ’69, a Grateful Dead tribute band, which Jed still plays with.
In 2009, Jed launched his weekly online show in Secondlife, a virtual world with a thriving live music scene, and a year later Jed began simulcasting video of his shows online. Between Secondlife and the webcasts, Jed’s crowd on a weekly basis averages 30-40 people. His fanbase across Facebook, Twitter and Secondlife has grown to over 1500 followers. In 2010, Jed released his self-produced album of original songs titled “All At Once,” which received very positive reviews from fans. This was followed up in 2015 with another solo album called “Roll Over” which featured guest musicians and an eclectic mix of songs and styles. A third Jed album “Eco” was released in 2016 as a live recording of a full instrumental show Jed performed in Secondlife.
Jed has been lucky to find a great group of fellow rockers to take the tunes live…read on to hear about them!
Kenny Kaufman (Bass, Vocals)
A drummer & guitarist at heart, the “K man” married the two & decided to focus on the bass in the early 90’s. Raised on the music of the late 60’s & 70’s, Kenny has been in a number of projects over the years from the prog/rock of Scatterbrain and the original punk of Judy Junk in his college days, to the local Dead tribute band The DooDah Men, the classic rock of C.C. & Company, the original jam band Abandon Fire, and most recently an Allman tribute band called “Scuttlebutt.”
His own CD of original material is titled “Full Circle” and demonstrates Kenny’s aggressive bass style, influenced by the likes of Allen Woody, Lesh, McCartney, Entwistle, Squire & Sting. Kenny plays a five string Warrior bass, & a fretless Sukop 5 string when unplugged. He plays direct in to an Ampeg SVT tube amp, keeping it simple & real.
Pete Martine (Drums)
Pete Martine is a resident of Putnam County, NY where he resides with his wife and family. He’s been playing drums for near his entire life, and has performed with many acts over the years.
Pete joined The JLB in 2015 adding his energetic and jam-oriented style to the mix, and bringing new percussive sounds and a fresh attitude to the mix.
Mark Gutenplan (Keyboards, Vocals)
Mark is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with a wide repertoire and a long list of credits. He can be seen playing bass, guitar and keyboards around the Westchester and Fairfield County music scene in various acts, including Rusty Chicken, Fat Chance and The Stone Hill Rockers.
Amazingly, Mark still finds time to write and produce his own music. In 2002, he released the EP “Green Rolling Meadow,” featuring all original music. This was followed up with a second album of original cuts in 2007, with “The Rally.” Being a guitarist, bassist and key player, you can imagine how varied Mark’s musical influences are. He listens to and plays everything from reggae to rock, from jazz to classical, and even some bluegrass for good measure. As Mark likes to say, “So much music, so little time!!”