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Eyes of the World with Branford Marsalis - 3/29/1990

On this date in 1990, NY fans were treated to the Spring Tour's only Dark Star... but that wasn't even the highlight of the show!


  • The Grateful Dead regularly welcomed guests to sit in over their 30 years

  • NYC-area shows in particularly opened up all sorts of possibilities

  • As their publicist and historian Dennis McNally tells it, "the band was cautious and 'auditioned' Branford Marsalis by asking him to sit in on Bird Song n the first set. Never did a musician prove his brilliance faster, and about one verse in, Garcia and Marsalis were trading licks like they were old friends"

  • Having recently slowed down Eyes of the World a few days earlier in Albany, the stage was set with musical breathing room for Branford to support and lead and shine

photo by Kraig G. Fox

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