It was an epic night at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California on October 22, 2011. â€œI think now so many years, so much treasure in the bank in the world of bass guitarâ€¦I must pay homage to Jack Casady as one of the towering figures in the comprehensive history of the bass. As far as original conception, well played, superbly applied, there are but few players with the kind of originality and power as Jack Casady has,â€ said Antony Jackson.
After the moving induction speech by Anthony Jackson, session bassist for the likes of Chick Corea, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, and many others, Casady was presented with the award which he took in touching tribute to wife his Diana. â€œWhen you find somebody in your life that grounds you it just makes everything better. It makes you play better, makes you think better and makes you a better human being,â€ said Casady.
Casady then proceeded to offer anecdotes on the various paths throughout his career before performing a ferocious forty-five minute acoustic duo set with Hot Tuna mate, Jorma Kaukonen.
Antony Jackson’s induction speech and Jack’s acceptance:
“Hesitation Blues” performed that night by Jack and Jorma, Hot Tuna acoustic duo: