Jaimoe

The Allman Brothers Band - Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson

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Jaimoe, man of many names, and the first person that Duane invited to join the Allman Brothers, 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.

Jaimoe backed many legendary musicians including Percy Sledge, Patti Labelle & the Blue Bells, Johnny Jenkins, and the Manhattans and many others. Jaimoe along with Chuck Leveall and Lamar Williams founded Sea Level. In addition to playing with ABB, Jaimoe fronts his own successful “American Music” band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band.

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