Compared to most, I've lived an unusual life, lived in a lot of places, and loved a lot of beautiful women. I’ve been a drummer behind some of the greatest musicians and musical groups in history.
And so begins the tale of Chicago drummer Jimmi Mayes, who for more than fifty years, served as a sideman behind some of the greatest musicians and musical groups in history. He began his career playing the blues in the juke joints of Mississippi, sharpened his trade under the mentorship of drum legends Sam Lay and Fred Below in the steamy night clubs of south Chicago, and hit it big in New York City behind such music legends as Tommy Hunt from the Flamingos, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown.
And this week Jimmi returns to Mississippi on a book signing tour for his memoir The Amazing Jimmi Mayes: Sideman to the Stars.
Mayes lived through racial segregation, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the integration of rock bands, and the emergence of Motown. He personally experienced the sexual and moral revolutions of the sixties, was robbed of his musical royalties, and survived a musical drought. He’s been a pimp and a drug pusher, and lived to tell the tale when so many musicians have not.
The Amazing Jimmi Mayes provides a trip through the progression of music from the 1950s through present day and gives readers a backstage look at the music industry from a unique perspective. This sideman to the stars witnessed music history from the best seat in the house—behind the drum set.
Jimmi will be signing his book at the following times and locations:
February 18, 5:00 p.m. at Turnrow Books in
**Jimmi will be performing on the drums after this signing/reception**
- Wednesday, February 19, 5:00 p.m at Lemuria Books in Jackson
- Saturday, February 22, from 2 – 4 p.m. at Loeb’s Clothing**A reception will follow at the Brickhouse Bar and Grill**