Jaimoe's Jasssz Band
Live from the Chandelier Lobby
Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band will visit the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m., as part of the venue’s “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series sponsored by City Market and Cafe.
Tickets are available at the Kirby Center Box Office, online at www.kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at (570) 826-1100.
A man of a few names, Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson) is a legendary drummer and percussionist best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers.
Born in Mississippi in 1944, Jaimoe came up, as did so many Southern musicians at the time, playing the soul music circuit. One of his first big breaks—and one of his most treasured recollections— was touring behind the legendary R&B trailblazer Otis Redding. “I learned so much from Otis,” Jaimoe says now.
In 1969, Jaimoe found himself in Macon, Georgia, where he was introduced to a young hotshot guitarist named Duane Allman by record execs Phil Walden and Jerry Wexler.
“I guess they figured that a long-haired hippie and a strange-ass drummer would be good together,” Jaimoe says.
Along with Duane’s younger brother Gregg on keyboards, second guitarist Dickey Betts, and an exceptional rhythm section that included bassist Berry Oakley and Jaimoe’s 40-plus-year drum partner Butch Trucks, the Allman Brothers Band was soon on its way to immortality.
The Allmans’ place in rock history is set in stone—in fact they will receive a special merit award from the Grammys this winter—but at the moment Jaimoe’s excitement is directed toward the Jasssz Band.
“We’re not gonna guide it this way or that way,” he says. “We’re gonna let it go and we’re gonna tag along for the ride. It’s improvised music and it’s American music. That’s why it’s Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, because improvised American music is jazz.”
Jaimoe’s sensational septet also features the incredible Junior Mack on vocals, guitars and Dobro; David Stoltz on bass; Reggie Pittman on trumpet and flugelhorn; Paul Lieberman playing tenor and alto saxophone and flute; Kris Jensen on tenor, baritone and soprano saxes; and Bruce Katz working the Hammond B3 organ and piano.