Jaimoe talks music and McTell festival
By Brian Bowden

A legendary founder of the Allman Brothers Band, Jai "Jaimoe" Johanny Johanson, looks forward to getting the crowd moving on Saturday when his band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, takes the stage at the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson.
"They can expect some good music and maybe they'll want to buy some CDs," said Johanson while laughing in a phone interview on May 6. "And they hopefully can't wait to hear the band again and wish that we'd play longer."
The band, which was formed around 2007, consists of seven artists who all bring something unique to their eclectic sound of music that combines jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll and R&B.
Johanson is on the drums, Junior Mack is on the guitar and vocals, Dave Stoltz is on the bass, Bruce Katz is on the keyboard, Reggie Pittman is on the trumpet, Kris Jensen is on the saxophone and Paul Lieberman is on the saxophone, flute and piccolo. "We play American music," said Johanson. "American music is jazz. It's basically music that is improvised."

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