, In January 1992, Kantner reformed Jefferson Starship with former KBC Band bandmates Mark "Slick" Aguilar (lead guitar) and Tim Gorman (keyboards, vocals), former Jefferson Airplane bandmate Jack Casady (bass) and Jefferson Starship bandmate Creach, and new members Darby Gould (vocals) and Prairie Prince (drums). We have been editing all the Airplane color slides over the last few weeks! Like other Airplane-related solo works it featured substantial support from other players such as Warren Haynes, Doyle Bramhall II, Jorma Kaukonen, Fee Waybill, Ivan Neville, the group Box Set, and many other musician friends. He replaced original Jefferson Airplane bassist Bob Harvey the following month.  Slick returned to the band in 1981, after performing guest backing vocals on Modern Times. The group has morphed over the years from an acoustic blues unit to an electric boogie band to a rampaging metal act and back again. He replaced original Jefferson Airplane bassist Bob Harvey the following month.  The name "Jefferson Starship" was originally used on the co-billing of the 1970 Paul Kantner album, Blows Against the Empire, and was selected as the name for the revised band. Jefferson Airplane was an American psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, California. Later, Casady was to appear on David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name (1971), Roky Erickson's album Don't Slander Me (1982) and Warren Zevon's Transverse City (1989).  In September 2012, Jude Gold took over from Aguilar who was forced to cease activity with the band after being diagnosed with hepatitis C. Richardson briefly left in November 2015, with Rachel Rose taking her place, before returning in March the following year. Imperial, Traylor and Morley each performed with Jefferson Starship at select shows during the 2000s.  Creach left in August 1975 to start a solo career. Casady became the bass player for Jefferson Airplane when lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, a high school friend and former Triumphs rhythm guitarist, invited him to join in late September 1965. Fifty years later, as he celebrates his 75th birthday, Jack Casady still knows what he is about — which is playing great bass, often with his longtime musical partner, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, in Hot Tuna, the band they formed as a sideline to the Airplane in 1969. Jack Bruce. The Takes Off LP quotes Marty Balin as saying "He carries it. More . Create Account. Jim’s archive on the Airplane is VAST! Jefferson Starship is an American hard rock band from San Francisco, California that developed in January 1974 as a successor to Jefferson Airplane. With the group still looking for a name, Kaukonen suggested the name Jefferson Airplane, inspired by an eccentric friend who had given his dog the name "Blind Lemon Jefferson Airplane." Apr 18, 2015 - Jack Cassidy, phenominal bass player for Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Signe Anderson, (who sang on Jefferson Airplane’s first recording “Jefferson Airplane Takes Off”) also performed.  When their original bass player was fired, Kaukonen recommended his friend Jack Casady (who still lived in Washington at the time) as a replacement. Casady became the bass player for Jefferson Airplane when lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, a high school friend and former Triumphs rhythm guitarist, invited him to join in late September 1965. Bass player Jack Casady of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane performs onstage at Golden Gate Park on October 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Jefferson Starship returned with new studio album Jefferson's Tree of Liberty in 2008, which was the first by the band to feature vocalist Cathy Richardson, who had recently replaced Mangano, and the first since 1984's Nuclear Furniture to feature returning frontman Freiberg, who replaced Balin. The instrument is based on Casady's mid-1970s Gibson Les Paul Signature bass which he bought in the 1980s.