Allman Brothers Band co-founder Jai Johanny Johanson, aka Jaimoe photo by Jonathan Bayer
NEW HAVEN >> For many people, the opportunity to see a member of one of the biggest, most popular and most enduring rock bands ever play on a regular basis in some tiny dive bar right in your back yard would be a dream come true. Only this is no dream. Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, led by Allman Brothers Band co-founder and drummer Jai Johanny Johanson, aka Jaimoe, who lives in Connecticut, really will play a monthly residency at tiny Cafe Nine, 250 State St., with four dates scheduled (once monthly) beginning April 21. The residency will continue on May 19, June 16 and July 28. Each show begins at 8 p.m. and costs $25. Tickets for all four went on sale Friday. Each show, booked by Manic Productions, will have a local opener: George Baker and Tony Dioguardi on April 21, the Saint James Trio on May 19, Paul Gabriel on May 19 and Frank Critelli on July 28.
Excited to announce I'll be "in conversation" with the #ABB's mighty drummer Jaimoe on March 20, 7 PM, Barnes and Noble, Upper West Side. By the Beacon, of course.#OneWayOut
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Legendary drummer and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Jaimoe and his Jasssz Band play 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. Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band features Jaimoe - drums, Junior Mack - guitar and vocals, Dave Stoltz - bass, Bruce Katz - keyboards, and some of the finest horn players of our time, including Paul Lieberman - sax, flute, and piccalo, Kris Jensen - sax and Reggie Pittman - trumpet. Check out the rest of the website and see what the Jasssz is all about.
Jaimoe, man of many names, and one of the original six band members, has combined forces with fellow drummer and percussionist Butch Trucks in a million subtle, driving, playful, and energizing ways to keep the music on track and flowing.
Jaimoe himself contributes the following biographical insights: This is Jaimoe. No, I did not play at Monterey. I played with Otis Redding 4/18/66 through 9/5/66 in the band that did "Otis - Live at the Whiskey A-Go-Go". I joined that band a week after that record was recorded. A very good friend of mine, a very good sax player and a hell of an organizer, Donald "Cadillac" Henry, was a great reason for me getting that break and a lot of others, right up to the fact of the reason I was in Macon was because Donald told me to go to Macon. Phil Walden was putting a recording studio in Macon which was Capricorn Records. Phil Walden and Otis Redding had a company called Redwal Music.
A Big Band Run
On 4/18/66 Otis had about a 9-piece band. I joined that band in Dallas, TX. In less than two weeks it was 13 pieces. Edward "Woody" Woodson was the other drummer in that band. Woody was the drummer on "Live at the Whiskey". I really learned about playing live rhythm & blues and rock & roll from Woody Woodson & Butch Trucks. Woody could take a bass drum, snare, floor tom, hi-hat, and crash & ride cymbal and swing your ass from Washington, D.C. to L.A. In three weeks we were in the Apollo Theatre in New York. Now we've got 18 pieces. I played in my first big band. I backed Percy Sledge, Patti Labelle & the Blue Bells, the 5 Stairsteps, Brenda & the Tabulations, and the Manhattans. The Howard Theatre in D.C. was another 18-piece band. Added to that show was Smokey Robinson & the Miracles & band, also Martha & the Vandellas, and the Kin Folks, a bad ass 4-piece band out of L.A. The next stop was the Regal Theatre in Chicago. By now we had 22-pieces and the co-star was the Queen of Soul. That's right. The Lady Aretha. She had her own rhythm section. I was glad I didn't have to play behind her. She raised hell about one thing or another the entire week. I played again with the Stairsteps, Patti Labelle, and 5 guys called the Step Brothers. They were tap dancing acrobats about in their 50s and 60s. They were one of the top tap dance acts of all times. They offered me a gig in Vegas, but I had to turn them down. I was having too much fun and learning a lot playing behind all of those people in those big bands and orchestras.
Otis Was a Great Teacher
I also had a great offer from Curtiss Mayfield & the Impressions. They said my playing reminded them of Leo Morris, a New Orleans drummer who we know today as Idris Muhammed. I can thank Charles "Honeyboy" Otis for that one for Honeyboy was a great influence on Idris, "Smokey" Johnson, Zigaboo, John Boudreau, Jr., and a lot more than he's given credit for. Honeyboy is the reason that I can play as many styles as I can. Also listening to all that stuff Earl Palmer did on those records, Honeyboy turned me on to Earl Palmer.
Just for the record, that photo I am on with Otis is 1966 in Columbus, GA at the Columbus Auditorium, where you cross the river into the Central Time zone and into Phoenix, Alabama. I did a 42-date tour with Otis -- 41 days back-to-back with a day off. We did a TV show, "The Big Beat", hosted by a disc jockey from the famous WLAC in Nashville who on the day of taping of the show got drunk couldn't go on. So Otis not only starred the show, but mced and hosted the show. I played behind James Carr, Mitty Collier, the Ovations, Garnette Mims, Patti Labelle & the Bluebells, Percy Sledge, Sam & Dave & band co-stars. Woody played behind Otis. That night I played 3 hours at the Parrot Jazz Club with whoever got on the stage. The next night we did the 42nd, show. Great tour. I learned a lot from Otis. I didn't realize it at the time.
Thank you, Otis.