Veteran "Grateful" guitarist and vocalist, Michael Sanfosso, started playing music in his hometown of Ocean City, NJ where he studied singing, piano, and guitar. Michael relocated to Philadelphia in 1986, performing with local bands: Scarlet Fire, Modern Beatnik, Brother Thump, Splintered Sunlight, and Steal Your Face, and appeared with Grateful Dead vocalist, Bob Weir, on WHYY Radio program hosted by Philadelphia Folk fest MC, Gene Shay, in 1994. Michael spent 1997-2000 playing with a revamped Living Earth, perfecting his guitar and vocal chops, and setting the stage for the next two decades. He also produced two solo CDs in 2002 and 2006, featuring his original music, and live Funk trio.
After being voted Relix Magazine's 2009 Jam Off Contest winner, Michael toured with West Coast Funk singer, Pamela Parker, appearing at Nelson Ledges, OH for Gratefulfest 10, Yoshi's SF, and the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock at Golden Gate Park. Back on the East Coast, he headlined both Strawberry Jam and Musefest in Ithaca, NY, Wormtown in Massachusetts, Bethlehem Musikfest twice, and Jam at the Cam in Pennsylvania, plus performed at Mountain Sky and SKOJ 10. A dynamic performer and vocalist, Michael has been on the radar having shortlist auditions and onstage appearances with both Dark Star Orchestra and Melvin Seals and JGB. Fans from coast to coast began hearing about his uncanny channeling of Garcia music.
Over the past decade, he has played with Michael Falzarano, Ronnie Penque, Sandy Mack, Keller Williams, David Gans, David Nelson Band, and Donna Jean Godschaux. In 2017, he did a tour with popular Midwest tribute The Schwag, bringing his undeniable talent to theaters across the United States.
Michael lives in Philadelphia, PA with his wife and manager, Melanie, and is a devoted father of three sons, Phoenix, Elijah, Raiden, and 3 cats, Max, Geronimo, and Ché (RIP Pirate). Michael is endorsed by PHRED Instruments.
Chris has been playing drums for over twenty years. He enjoys the collaborative aspect of playing. He strives to get the sound that will best serve the music. His musical taste is broad, and his style is not only influenced by Jam bands, but also psychedelic rock, funk, folk, and blues. Chris joined PURE JERRY after a glorious sit in with the band at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA, and was immediately hired. His responsiveness and tasty grooves caught MM's ear, and soon they were pushing limits onstage with ease. Simply put... he's the guy. He doesn't even know he's the guy. Chris also built his drums by hand (and has built much more)! He is a skilled Designer/Craftsman. Buy him a beer, and talk to him about your next project idea!
See some of his work here: https://www.instagram.com/madebymufalli/?hl=en
Chris lives in NJ with his wife, daughter, and their dogs, Clyde and Louie.
Tom Deininger has been playing bass since forever. Legend has it that Michael and Tom met after both failing the auditions for the Ocean City High School Jazz band in 1982. They continued to make music together for the next 15 years. Tom was heavily influenced by all the classic players, including John Paul Jones, Roger Waters, Phil Lesh, John Entwistle, and John Taylor. He played in many local bands around his hometown, including shore local heroes, Person-L, before hitting the road in 1986. Michael and Tom formed The Mustangs in 1988, a power trio that focused on hard driving Blues, Rock, and Rockabilly. They made one record in 1989, disbanding shortly after. In 1990, Tom rejoined his old pal in a funky new band project, Slide, that helped establish the Manayunk scene in Philadelphia. Slide, with their groovy vocals and deep funk jams, not only dominated the local draw, but would make two recordings on the IKON label and tour the Northeast extensively. They released "Focus" in 1994, produced by Grammy winner David Ivory, and recorded another unreleased effort in 1995. Slide trucked on, disbanding in 1996, but not before appearing at Wilmington's Blue Rock Stadium with Goldfinger, Toadies, Foreigner, Jimmy Buffet, Dave Matthews Band, Derek Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Ben Harper, and Spyro Gyra. Slide reunited in 2015 and 2016. Tom continued playing with local Philadelphia jambands, including Off Duty Superheroes, until 2017.
Tom lives in Glenside, PA with his wife Emily and two dogs, George and Honeybone.
An open mic was all it took to set things in motion for Cynthia. Shortly after, she formed Another Rainy Friday Acoustic Trio which focused on the softer side of rock. She has that bluesy, soul sound that brings to mind the gospel vibe of JGB. She also makes music under her own moniker, Green Eyed Soul. One more amazing fact... Cynthia lost her hearing and relies on two Cochlear Baha Implant Systems to hear (and sing onstage). Amazingly, Cynthia nails the parts onstage, and is also an audio and recording engineer. ONE more interesting fact... Cynthia and Michael are cousins!
Cynthia lives in Phoenixville, PA with her daughter, Giana, and 3 cats, Cookie, Izzy, and Shadow.
NJ native, Bob Albasi, joined Pure Jerry at the end of Summer, 2021. He is an incredible keyboardist, vocalist, and an original member of the legendary Living Earth. Bob toured the East Coast from 1985 to 1999, making one record for the RELIX label. Bob and Michael first played together in a recharged lineup, featuring original Living Earth members Bob Stirner (Box of Rain), Matt Ginsburg (Steal Your Face), and Jerry Marx (Box of Rain). Perfectly complementing the huge songlist, Albasi is also a lead vocalist, providing the voices of both Bob Dylan and Levon Helm. As a musician and member, Bob brings experience and steady grooviness with a rootsy, Hammond-organ style that is perfectly suited for the band. Albasi's song knowledge and relaxed mastery of melodies is endlessly inspiring.
Bob lives in Cinnaminson, NJ with his wife Beth.
Raiden has been playing guitar since age 10. After getting his first electric guitar at age 13, he studied briefly with family friends, including Rob Perna, Jr. and Michael Morrow. At 15, he was making beats, writing original music, and producing others' music. He played at the Jenkintown Arts Festival in 2019 and performed his originals at Milo - the Meeting House in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia in 2021. Raiden is a multi-instrumentalist and a vocalist.
He currently resides at the PURE JERRY compound in W. Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.
Front of House Engineer and Archivist, Tom has been with PURE JERRY since Day 1. Tom brings his wisdom and experience to the Soundboard with an undeniable ear for mixing.
Tom lives in Philadelphia.l and is currently seeking his next rescue greyhound.
How do you get a photograph of your Official Photographer? You have his wife take it!! Photographer and Stage Engineer, Mike joined PURE JERRY in late 2022, bringing his incredible eyes and ears to the Recording, Mixing, Archiving, and Photography aspects of the band.
Mike lives in Telford, PA with his wife, Anje, their children, Jacob and Cassidy, and their cats, Dave, Marley, Althea, and Prudence.