Jul 8, 2015
Over the years my deep love for the music of the Allman Brothers Band has been featured in a number of postings most recently in Podcast 451. While the flashy guitars and Hammond B-3 may get the glory, its the rhythm section that made this band truly great, and at the heart of that rhythm section is Jaimoe. I'm proud to call him a friend, and to wish him a happy birthday.
Born John Johan Johanson in Mississippi 71 years ago, Jaimoe played his way through the Chitlin Circuit into Otis Redding's band, and then through connections at Muscle Shoals, the founding of the Allman Brothers Band. This past fall, the ABB played their final show together, and it was a glorious evening.
But that's not the end of the line for this drummer. Jaimoe and his Jasssz Band are on the festival circuit, playing what can truly be called "American music". They combine elements of Jazz, Blues, Rock-n-Roll, and R&B into a unique blend that captures the spirit and stirs the soul. Their repertoire ranges from new interpretations of classic tunes, as well as original songs that are classics in the making. They might go from Coltrane to the ABB's "Dreams", the hot funk of New Orleans' The Meters to the cool of Miles Davis.
Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band features as its core Jaimoe on drums, Junior Mack on guitar and vocals, Dave Stoltz on bass, and Mathais Schuber on keyboards. A rotating series of some of the finest horn players of our time, including Jay Collins, Frank Kozyra, Paul Lieberman, Kris Jensen and Richard Boulger, have joined the band from gig to gig. To get anidea of their jazz chops, click here to listen to the jazz classic "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise". The track opened up a concert dedicated to the memory of the legendary jazz drummer Ed Blackwell in 2007. The CD is available here.