Veteran "Grateful" guitarist and vocalist Michael Morrow has been playing music professionally since 1988. Beginning his career in his native New Jersey home of Ocean City, Michael later relocated to Philadelphia, performing with Scarlet Fire, Modern Beatnik, Brother Thump, Living Earth, Melvin Seals and JGB, Splintered Sunlight, and Steal Your Face. Morrow also appeared with Grateful Dead vocalist Bob Weir on WHYY Radio in 1994.
Voted Relix Magazine's 2009 Jam Off contest winner, Michael appeared at the Gratefulfest 10, Westfest 40th Anniversary of Woodstock at Golden Gate Park, and Mountain Sky, and has headlined both Strawberry Jam and Musefest in New York, Wormtown Festival in Massachusetts, Bethlehem Musikfest twice, and Jam at the Cam in Pennsylvania. Michael has been on shortlist auditions for Dark Star Orchestra and the Jerry Garcia Band. Over the past decade, he has also played with Keller Williams, David Gans, Donna Jean Godschaux, Pamela Parker, Mark Karan, and countless others.
More recently, Morrow toured as frontman for The Schwag, where he brought his undeniable talent to theaters across the United States. Michael also finds time to play with local tribute bands such as Dean and Co., Gratefolk, and New Jersey's Dead Reckoning. When not on the road, Michael lives in Bryn Athyn, PA with girlfriend and manager Melanie Musicant, and is a practicing martial artist, dog trainer, and devoted father of three sons.
New York City native Joe Gallant is an Emmy award winning bass player, composer, and sound designer. Gallant has been a fixture in the New York jam scene for 30 years, founding his 18-piece Illuminati Orchestra in 1982. They have released 7 CDs to date, including Joe's large-scale reconstructions of the Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station ("Terrapin") and Blues for Allah ("The Blues for Allah Project") albums. Recently, he served as touring bassist for John Kadlecik (Further, Phil Lesh, Dark Star Orchestra) alongside drummer Jay Lane.
Longtime organist and founding member John "J.B." Bigham has been with Pure Jerry since our inception in 2012. Hailing from Rosemont, Pennsylvania, he's been instrumental in defining the band's signature sound and style. Taught by his father, pianist Eddie Bigham (Martha Raye), J.B. learned his craft at an early age on the Hammond B3 organ and his passion has led him across the country. John has played with many Grateful Dead–related projects including Good Lovin' Jamband, Double Dose, and Splintered Sunlight, as well as a 12-year stint of national touring with rock and roll legend Chubby Checker.
After rocking the Telluride, Colorado music scene for years, Donna returned to the New York City area, and is a welcome addition to Pure Jerry. She was a music director and D.J. with Colorado NPR radio station KOTO, and staff organizer for the Telluride Jazz and Bluegrass festivals. Santorelli performed in two projects with Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident and currently performs with the Illuminati Orchestra and Tiberius. In addition, she has been a fixture on the jamband circuit, opening for the New Riders of the Purple Sage and performing with both Dead Sage and Dead Center Allstars, among others.
Known for his great versatility and for both his power and feel on the kit, Alan Lerner is an in-demand session and live drummer throughout the tri-state area. He has toured throughout the U.S. and Japan. He has performed with the prolific Joe Gallant & Illuminati and Zen Tricksters. He has played with keyboardist Pete Levin (Greg Allman Band, Blind Boys of Alabama), bass legend Jeremy Jemmott, as well as shared the stage with Mike Gordon (Phish), Levon Helm (The Band) and Hubert Sumlin. Besides holding down the drum chair for Joe Gallant's multiple ensembles, Alan currently performs with the acclaimed Joni Mitchell tribute band, The Joni Project; New Rider's Michael Falzarano's projects The Englishtown Project and Dead Sage Blues Band; Original Blues guitarist, Dr. Dan's Music Show; and singer-songwriter Jennie Arnau. Alan regularly plays with various incarnations of the Wetland's Deadcenter All Stars. He played and recorded extensively with the punk-funk-metal-Kletzmer Dimitri Gurevitch Quintette. Past performances include the Central Park Summerstage Nick Drake Tribute, Grateful Dead tribute bands Half-Step and Grateful BRO, and numerous other projects.