American Living Blues Festival 1982
The Jimmy Dawkins Band (L-R)
Abb Locke, Sylvester Boines, Jimi Schutte, Jimmy Dawkins, Rich Kirch
Lafayette Leake
Abb Locke
Sylvester Boines
Lafayette Leake
Jimmy Dawkins
Lester Davenport & Jimmy Dawkins
American Living Blues Festival 1982
L-R Jimi Schutte , Rich Kirch, Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmy Dawkins, Bob Stroger
25th Anniversary of the Long Beach Blues Festival 2003

Little Milton Campbell, Jimmy Vaughn, Jimi Schutte, Jimmy Dawkins
25th Anniversary Long Beach Blues Festival 2003

 

Jimi Schutte, Willie Kent, Eddie Shaw, Billy Flynn, James Wheeler, Jimmy Dawkins, Rob Waters
"Nora Jean Sings the Blues" recording session 2001
Eddie Shaw and Willie Kent
Nora Jean Recording Sessions
Sho Komiya, Billy Flynn, Lester Davenport, Jimmy Dawkins, Jimi Schutte, Alan Batts
"I Smell a Rat" recording sessions at Delmark Studio's Chicago, Il     2001
Detroit Junior & Billy Flynn
"I Smell a Rat" recording sessions at Delmark Studios, Chicago Ill
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  • Friday August 29, 2014 view poster Curve Bar Friday Blues Party 1634 N Water Street, Milwaukee, WI Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Marie Martens, Jimi Schutte The Hot Dog Daddy will be there too with great eats! 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday August 30, 2014 27th Annual “Serenity Camp-Out” Camp Indian Trails, Boy Scout Camp 5801 N River Rd, Janesville, WI 53545 Bob Deutsch, Dave Wood, Jimi Schutte, Ben Rikun and Queenie McCarter 8-11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday August 31, 2014 Von Trier view poster Sunday Blues Party, 2235 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 Dave Potter, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte 4:00pm-7:00pm
  • Friday September 5, 2014 view poster Curve Bar Friday Blues Party 1634 N Water Street, Milwaukee, WI Billy Flynn, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte The Hot Dog Daddy will be there too with great eats! 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday September 6, 2014 Straight Shots Block Party, Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Mike Azziz, Rick Kreher, Jimi Schutte 1503 E Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207 4:00-5:30 p.m. (in the street) Party starts at 12:00 p.m.!! 6 Bands, Raffles, Drink Specials and more...
  • Saturday September 6, 2014 - St. Francis Brewery 3825 S Kinnickinnic Ave, St Francis, WI 53235 (414) 744-4448 Smilin' Bobby, Frank Bandy, Jimi Schutte 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday September 7, 2014 Von Trier Sunday Blues Party, 2235 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte 4:00pm-7:00pm
  • Friday September 12, 2014 Curve Bar Friday Blues Party 1634 N Water Street, Milwaukee, WI Tom Holland, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte The Hot Dog Daddy will be there too with great eats! 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday September 13, 2014 BAY VIEW BASH Bay View, WI Middle Stage next to Sven's Billy Flynn, Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday September 13, 2014 Tyrenena Brewing Company Lake Mills, WI Queenie McCarter, Dave Wood, Bob Deutsch, Benny Rickun, Jimi Schutte 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday September 16, 2014 Straight Shots Pool & Bar 1503 E. Oklahoma Ave. Bay View, WI Billy Flynn, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte 7:00pm
  • Wednesday September 17, 2014 Morton's Wisconsinn Cedarburg, WI Billy Flynn, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday September 19, 2014 Curve Bar Friday Blues Party 1634 N Water Street, Milwaukee, WI Smilin' Bobby, Frank Bandy, Jimi Schutte The Hot Dog Daddy will be there too with great eats! 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday September 20, 2014 Knuckle Down Saloon Madison, WI Smilin' Bobby, Frank Bandy, Jimi Schutte 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday September 21, 2014 Von Trier Sunday Blues Party 2235 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 Smilin' Bobby, Frank Bandy, Jimi Schutte
    4:00pm-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday September 26, 2014 Curve Bar Friday Blues Party 1634 N Water Street, Milwaukee, WI Studebaker John, Bob Halaj, Jimi Schutte
    The Hot Dog Daddy will be there too with great eats! 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday September 27, 2014 Zenda Tap, Zenda, WI Scotty & the Bad Boys w/ Jimi Schutte 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday September 28, 2014 Von Trier Sunday Blues Party 2235 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 Studebaker John, Bob Halaj, Jimi Schutte
    4:00pm-7:00 p.m.

CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR FOR UPCOMING EVENTS!!

American Blues

Jimi Schutte has been the go-to "Blues" drummer for countless national Blues bands dating back as far as the early 1970's. He has worked with Luther Allison ('72-'75), Jimmy Dawkins('76-2013), Jr. Wells, Sunnyland Slim, Magic Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Lonnie Brooks('85-'89),and later opening shows with Lonnie Brooks for Stevie Ray Vaughn and friends... just a few of the many great players.

Moving to Paris in '82 he worked with many Blues greats, touring in Europe, including Luther Allison ('83-'85), Jimmy Dawkins, Larry Davis, Blues with the Girls Tour - featuring Zora Young, LaVelle White, and Jeanne Carroll, and a host of others.

Returning to the U.S.A. Jimi settled into Chicago, Ill., where he began playing with Lonnie Brooks Band in 1986, touring and playing on two albums with Lonnie. ("Wound Up Tight", Alligator Records & "Bayou Lightning Strikes Again, Live in Chicago", Alligator Records).

Throughout all he has been playing with Jimmy Dawkins doing a number of festivals in the USA such as the Chicago Blues Festival, Long Beach Blues Festival, San Francisco Blues Festival, and many others.

He continues to be an in demand blues drummer for leading Blues artists, recently (2013) working with John Primer, Mike Wheeler, A.J. Love, Glenn Davis, Scotty & the Bad Boys (Chicago), Dave Potter, Toronzo Cannon, Billy Flynn, Rockin' Johnny Burgin, R.J. Mischo, and others as well as being the anchor in the Jim Liban Blues Combo.

A little history

Jimi started playing Blues professionally in 1969, and by 1972 was on the road with Luther Allison & Band.

Jimi met Jimmy Dawkins somewhere around '74-'75 and was playing in his band by 1977. Jimmy passed away April 10, 2013. He was a partner and mentor. The honesty of his music and the opportunity to play/work/know him, has been one of the greatest adventures of my life. Another one of the greatest adventures of my life, and more importantly, was being his friend.

Most of the time that Jimmy and I logged over the years on the road, I took a camera of some sort with me. Many times just an old Kodak card-board camera, whatever was available if mine wasn't nearby. At the time I had no idea how much these photos would mean to me.

The band members when Jimi arrived ('77) were Jimmy Dawkins (vocals and guitar), Sylvester Boines (bass), Rich Kirch (guitar).

In the spring of '81 the Jimmy Dawkins Band toured Europe. Six weeks of one nighters. What fun we had, recording "Hot Wire '81" on short notice at the end of the tour at Davout Studios in Paris on a Sunday. Left on a plane for Chicago on Monday. This album garnered the  "Grand Prix du Disque" from  Hot Club de France as well as the "Big Bill Broonzy Award" in 1981.

The Jimmy Dawkins Band went back to Europe in '82 with The American Living Blues Festival. The members of the ensemble were Jimmy Dawkins, Queen Sylvia Embry, Lester Davenport, Lafayette Leake, Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers, Abb Locke, Sylvester Boines, Rich Kirch, and Jimi Schutte. Live double album recorded call "The American Living Blues Festival Live in Europe 1982". Thought I would stay for a couple of weeks longer after the tour. That turned into almost 5 yrs., eventually playing with my old friend Luther Allison when he moved to Paris in '83. Many thanks to all of my friends whom I still enjoy knowing, and visiting.

Check out my Biography page for more information....

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First and foremost, I've been playing drums in the Blues world going on 45yrs. For the last decade or so I've been playing with Jim Liban in Milwaukee, WI.

I book a number of events under "American Blues", always a quality group of musicians/entertainers...featuring Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Billy Flynn, Dave Potter, Larry Byrne, Robert Stroger, Jim Liban, Joe Moss, and a host of others. Please feel free to contact me for a booking. JimSchutte@gymshoe.com

I've been involved in Internet related activities for 19 yrs now. Mostly building / creating websites, as well as teaching at MATC. Interested in a Website for yourself or business? Please contact me. JimSchutte@gymshoe.com

I teach Digital Media in the School of Creative Media & Arts at MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College) including Adobe PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator. I've also been teaching Website Development (handcoding), and Website development using Dreamweaver at MATC since 2000. I'm a certified instructor in VICOM (Visual Communications) with the Wisconsin Technical College System through July 2018.

As a side I enjoy creating posters for events and bands. If you need a poster for your event, please contact me. Affordable.

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