Mike Gordon, born
June 3, 1965, in Sudbury, Massachusetts,
is a bass player and vocalist most known
for his work with legendary rock band Phish.
Gordon is an excellent overall musician,
and is accomplished at banjo, piano, guitar,
and percussion. He and Phish drummer Jon
Fishman are both Jewish, and influenced the
band to cover a few Jewish songs, including “Yerushalayim
Shel Zahav” and Avinu Malkeinu.
Phish is known for its improvisation and
exciting concerts, in which a song was almost
never played the same way twice.
Gordon helped to co-found
Phish in 1983 when he met Fishman and guitarists
Trey Anastasio and Jeff Holdsworth (original
member of the band who left the band in 1986)
at the University of Vermont.
Until the band hit its international popularity
level of success, Gordon managed Phish in
practically every aspect of public relations
and booking. He wrote 17 original Phish songs,
and is cited as a co-writer on 22 songs.
After the band ended its
career in 2004 after more than 21 years of
performing together, Gordon continued to
remain active in the music scene. Most notably,
he has performed with acoustic guitar virtuoso
Leo Kottke. In 2006, Gordon reunited with
Phish guitarist Anastasio and Grateful Dead
drummer Bill Kreutzmann on stage in Asheville, North
Carolina to form the band
Serialpod during a Warren Haynes concert.
Sources: Wikipedia; JewsRock.org