THE EARLY YEARS
Jimmi Mayes has a rich history as an entertainer which he details in a book about his life. Mayes played and toured with Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Robert Junior Lockwood, and more over the course of his career. He backed Marvin Gaye and later became the bandleader for Joey Dee & the Starliters who had a monster hit the “Peppermint Twist” during the time Jimmi was with them. He became good friends with Jimi Hendrix and eventually he was asked by Jimi Hendrix to record with him. Mayes is on four of Hendrix’s albums. Jimmi Mayes continues with this entertaining journey. In 2018 he was the headlining musician with An Evening With the Blues show in Bolzano, Italy.
He released an exciting new Blues Album "My Whole Life's A Shuffle" July 2018 recorded at the B.B. King recording studio in Mississippi.
Jimmi is from Jackson, Mississippi and is now based in his hometown.
Jimmi Mayes is a Drummer, Vocalist, and a natural story teller.
Jimmi Hendrix, Calvin Dukes, Jimmi Mayes, Buffalo, 1965
Studio 76 1650 Broadway in 1966 Jimmi Mayes and the Kousins
Mitchell McKinllie 1988 Chicago
Johnny Jones and Jimmi Mayes, 2004, Tribute to Hendrixs at BB Kings Place in Manhatten
Jimmi Mayes and Martha Reeves 1988 in Chicago
Jimi Hendrix, left, Jimmi Mayes, middle, Calvin Dukr, 1965 Buffulo, NY
James Brown with mic 1968, Lonnie Youngblood laughling, Jimmie Mayes on Drums
Hubert Sumlin, Willie Big Eyes Smith, Jimmi Mayes at Jazz Alley, Seattle, Washington 2009
Jimmi Mayes and Jimmy Prior at Buddy Guys Legends 1988 Chicago
From left, Dave Brigatii, Jimmi Mayes, Jimi Hendrix (Maurice James), Tommy Davis, Joey Dee on Drums
Joey Dee, Dick Clark, Jimmi Mayes, 1988 Clearwater, FL
Jimmi Mayes and Joey Dee