Jaimoe: and all that Jasssz

Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band play the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival (167 Fort Ave., Salem)  on Saturday. For more info visit www.salemjazzsoul.org.

You may recognize Jaimoe as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. And you may also recognize one of the songs on “Renaissance Man,” the new album from Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, as a classic Allmans song. But the odd thing is, since they have always been a two-drummer band, Jaimoe never actually plays on “Melissa.”

“I just thought it never made sense to have two drummers playing on that song,” he says. “It’s a nice, soft song.”

But when Jasssz Band guitarist Junior Mack brought up the idea, Jaimoe was on board.

“Junior’s been doing this song in his repertoire ever since the song came out,” says Jaimoe. “He said, ‘I do “Melissa,” but I do it in a bossa nova,’ and I said, ‘Hey man, let’s play it.’ And we did and it sounded pretty cool.”

A look at the book

Though Jaimoe was not a part of “Melissa,” he says he’s been a part of so much musical history that he needs to put out a book: “I see something online, and somebody will be talking about something that just isn’t true, so I see it and I say, ‘Nah, I’m not gonna mess with it,’” he says. “But some of it, I just can’t take it, so I sit down and write, ‘Actually, what really happened … ’ and it ends up leading into something else that was going on and instead of a sentence it ends up being something like five or six paragraphs.”

Ain’t wastin’ time no more

Jaimoe has anecdotes about being fired by soul legend Joe Tex on three separate occasions and
bandleader Donald “Cadillac” Henry hiring him to replace Otis Redding’s in-the-pocket drummer Elbert “Woody” Woodson.
“About two hours after I got there, there’s a knock on the door,” Jaimoe recalls, with a slight laugh, “and Cadillac opened the door and it was Woody, and Cadillac said, ‘Hey man, come on in. Meet Otis’ new drummer.’ Woody almost peed on his self. ‘New drummer? Ain’t nobody told me about that!’ And Cadillac said, ‘Well, man, you gave Otis your notice so he told me to find him a drummer.’”


DA: Homeless man severely beat by men in…

Two former college football players pleaded not guilty to the alleged severe beating of a homeless man in Allston earlier this year.


Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact.


Reports: Dead man pulled from water at Boston's…

A dead man was reportedly pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon, according to the Boston Fire Department.


Primark to make US debut in Boston

Dublin retailer Primark will make its U.S. debut with a store at the former Filene's site in Boston.

Going Out

Thursty: Revamped Audubon is back in action

Having been a long time fan of Trina's Starlite Lounge in Inman Square, one of my only complaints about the place is that there's only…


Here's what to do in Boston this weekend

MUSIC Huun Huur Tu Friday, 8 p.m. First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden St., Cambridge $28, 617-876-4275 www.worldmusic.org This group comes from the tiny nation…


TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.


Fantasy baseball: Searching for early season prospects

It’s relatively rare for a mediocre 30-year-old hitter to suddenly go nuts offensively for 162 games. That’s why minor league prospects are so exciting.

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC 'targeting' US international Mix Diskerud

Metro New York has learned Mix Diskerud has drawn “interest” from the expansion MLS side, NYCFC.


Statistics show plate approach for Red Sox has…

Statistics show plate approach for Red Sox has been off so far in 2014


MLB video highlights: Yankees rout Red Sox, 9-3

Jon Lester allows eight runs in 4 2/3 innings taking loss


Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.


What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.


Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.


Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."