The Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Jaimoe discussed his introduction to the drums and working with the late Duane Allman, among other topics. Jaimoe's Jasssz Band also performed "Leaving Trunk" and "Dilemma."
"[In] the ninth grade … I went through the band room [and] every time I saw someone come in and play their instrument with their lesson they were so good I figured, 'Well, I could do that'," said Jaimoe. "One minute I wanted to play the clarinet, the next minute I wanted to play the bass tuba, the next minute I wanted to play the trumpet. The next year when I became a sophomore [my instructor] said, 'OK. What are you going to do?' And it was the drums."
GRAMMY-winning drummer Jaimoe is a founding member of the Southern rock collective the Allman Brothers Band with whom he released best-selling albums such as 1972's Eat A Peach and 1979's Enlightened Rogues. With the Allman Brothers Band Jaimoe scored his highest-charting album, 1973's Brothers And Sisters, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album featured the hit singles "Ramblin Man," which peaked at No. 2, and "Jessica," a song that eventually garnered the Allman Brothers Band a GRAMMY for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1995. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Jaimoe also leads his own jazz-rock collective, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, with whom he released Renaissance Man in 2011.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Spotlight: Kaskade (Jan. 15), Great Guitars: Wayne Kramer (Jan. 24), An Evening With Paul Kelly (Jan. 29), and Icons Of The Music Industry: Ken Ehrlich (Jan. 31).