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Jefferson Starship / Bio

PAUL KANTNER, along with MARTY BALIN founded JEFFERSON AIRPLANE in 1965. THE AIRPLANE were the biggest rock group in America during the 1960s and the first San Francisco band to sign a major record deal, paving the way for other legends like GRATEFUL DEAD & JANIS JOPLIN. They headlined the original WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL in 1969 and like THE BEATLES with whom they are critically compared, lasted a mere 7 years ... though their influence and impact on rock music continues well into the 21st century.
In 1974 Mr. KANTNER created JEFFERSON STARSHIP and again with Mr. BALIN, enjoyed chart-topping success. PAUL, MARTY & JEFFERSON AIRPLANE were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, the same year as PINK FLOYD. In 2005 they celebrated their 40th anniversary, playing 21 countries on their world tour. In 2007 they headlined “The Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Celebration” and performed at The Monterey Pop commemorative on the exact same stage as the historic landmark rock festival of 1967.

JEFFERSON STARSHIP, the name created by PAUL for his 1971 solo debut “Blows Against The Empire” recording has endured 37 years as rock music’s premier “political science fiction” themed band. That recording was the first and only to ever be nominated for literary science fiction’s Hugo Award … a stellar achievement.

DAVID FREIBERG is co-founder of the legendary Avalon/Carousel/Fillmore era San Francisco band who along with THE DEAD & THE AIRPLANE), often shared the bill. DAVID is an extraordinary singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass, viola and keyboards. He has also been a member of both JEFFERSON AIRPLANE and JEFFERSON STARSHIP which he co-founded as a touring entity in 1974 … re-uniting with PAUL in 2005, after a 20 year absence. DAVID co-wrote one of the band’s all-time biggest hits, “Jane” – which he performs.

MARK “SLICK” AGUILAR, JEFFERSON STARSHIP lead guitarist is only the 3rd person to hold that position in the 40 year history of both legendary bands … and he marked 20 years with PAUL & MARTY in 2005, dating back to their KBC BAND in 1985.
Before that he was lead guitarist with DAVID CROSBY and before that, KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND. His lead guitar has soared the music of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE & JEFFERSON STARSHIP far longer than the AIRPLANE’s legendary JORMA KAUKONEN and STARSHIP’s CRAIG CHAQUICO.

DONNY BALDWIN became part of the San Francisco music scene in the early 70s growing, up there. From 1973 to 1978 Donny was with the "Elvin Bishop" Band. During this time he toured and recorded six albums which included the #1 hit single, "Fooled Around and Fell In Love". From 1981 to 1989, Donny was a member of the group JEFFERSON STARSHIP. In January 1994, he joined the JERRY GARCIA BAND. He has toured, recorded and played with artist such as KENNY LOGGINS, PABLO CRUISE, CHUCK BERRY, VAN MORRISON, RUSSELL HITCHCOCK, RONNIE MONTROSE, GREGG ALLMAN, HEART, LYDIA PENSE & COLD BLOOD, 38 SPECIAL and EDDIE MONEY.

CHRIS SMITH joined JEFFERSON STARSHIP in 1998, instantly winning the job of keyboardist. Having toured with THE SUPREMES and LOU BEGA.
CHRIS has gone on to place music in film and television including the #1 rated series “CSI.”

In 2000, following the departure of bassist JACK CASADY, CHRIS assumed the seeming impossible task of playing piano AND (synth) bass simultaneously … a feat only duplicated by the legendary RAY MANZAREK of THE DOORS. CHRIS has been keyboardist longer than any in the band’s fabled history.

CATHY RICHARDSON is JEFFERSON STARSHIP’s newest member, anchoring the historic ‘role’ made famous by GRACE SLICK. She is an award winning music artist, graphic artist, and clothing designer. Her professional credits include fronting her successful rock band, producing and releasing seven albums on her various indie record labels. She was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Art Direction of her band's 2003 release, “The Road to Bliss.” “The Road to Bliss” also received two DIY Awards (Do It Yourself in Film, Books and Music) for Album Art of the Year and Producer of the Year. Her latest release, “Delusions of Grandeur,” topped the 2007 DIYs when she won both Album and Producer of the Year.

She portrayed Janis Joplin in the original Off Broadway cast of the hit show “Love, Janis” and also in Chicago, Sag Harbor, NY, San Francisco, Phoenix and Tucson, and sometimes sings with Janis' original band members, Big Brother and the Holding Co., solo and with her band, the Macrodots.

General Info

Band Members
Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith, Cathy Richardson, Jude Gold
Artist Name
Jefferson Starship
Home Page
Rock / Psychedelic / Folk Rock

Contact Info

San Francisco, CA