Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen Of Hot Tuna  Bonnaroo 2007

Birth Name: Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., United States

Date of Birth: December 23, 1940

*Finnish, some Swedish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Jorma Kaukonen is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He was the lead guitarist and singer of the rock band Jefferson Airplane. Other members of the band included Paul Kantner and Grace Slick.

Jorma is the son of Beatrice Love (Levine) and Jorma Ludwig Kaukonen. His father was of Finnish, and some Swedish, descent. His mother was Jewish, and Jorma practices Judaism.

Jorma’s paternal grandfather was Jaakko Ludvig Kaukonen (the son of Tuomas Hermanninpoika Kaukonen and Maria Simontytär Louko). Jaakko was born in Ylistaro, Finland. Maria Simontytär was the daughter of Simo Juhonpoika Louko and Susanna Matintytär Kaukonen.

Jorma’s paternal grandmother was Ida Charlotta Palmqvist (the daughter of Alexander Ferdinand Danielsson Palmqvist and Ida Sofia Aatamintytär Ruoja). Jorma’s grandmother Ida was born in Kotka, Kymenlaakso, Finland. Alexander was the son of Daniel Ferdinand Palmqvist and Eva Sofia Abramsdotter. Jorma’s great-grandmother Ida was the daughter of Aatami Mikonpoika Ruoja and Maria Aatamintytär Jussila.

Jorma’s maternal grandparents were Benjamin Levine (the son of Samuel Levine) and Vera Faith Joseph Haskevitch. Benjamin and Vera were immigrants from Russia.

Source: Genealogy of Jorma Kaukonen –

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