We have a reggae band, loving the traditional one drop and skank. We also play other styles but always return to our first love…Reggae.
Along with our songs we do very recognizable songs, we do them our way, still recognizable but with our stamp on them.
"Jimmy Free’s Friends"-
Only a few generations ago you had to be within earshot of a living musician to experience music. We cultivate that kind of unique live music. We like to remind you that music was really special before there was recorded music.
Jimmy Free - Guitar & Vocals.
In addition to composing music for film and internet use Jimmy has been a sideman for many outstanding Seattle bands including: Mark Whitman, Hugh’s Blues, Ray Bonneville, Shakata, The Trouble Boys, Andy O, African All-Stars and Guarneri Underground.
Mohammed Shaibu -Guitar, Vocals & Talking Drum. In Africa: Nigerian All Stars, I. K. Dairo, Fela Kuti; and in America: Shakata, Guanari Underground, Andy O Band, Jumbalassy; Mya Solea, SoyYaYa
Mark ‘Hollywood’ Perala - Bass & Vocals. Keeping solid bass lines a part of the Seattle scene, his bass credits include:
Charles White, Henry Cooper, Nick Vigarino, Daddy Treetops, & the Guitar Outlaws
Leo LeBlanc - Drums. Leo has played drums for many Seattle bands including: Ganja Farmers, Sellassie I Soldier, Epogee, and Caribbean Express
"Jimmy Free’s Friends" Have played quite a few festivals and concerts including:
Olympia Music in the Park, Fife Autumn Fest, Bellevue Strawberry Festival, San Juan Park Concert, Choochocom- Langley Festival of the Arts, Sea Tac Concerts in the Park, Renton Concerts in the Park, Pike Place Market Street Festival, Bellevue 6th St. Fair, Marysville Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Aququfest, Sumner Concerts in the Park, Arlington Music in the Park, Concerts on the Boardwalk in Bremerton, the West Seattle Street Fair for two years, Fall City Days, Bainbridge Concerts in the Park, Fourth of July Celebration in Ocean Park, Larc Blues Fest, St. Martins Microbrew Fest, White Center Jubilee Days for 2 years, Covington Days, Edmonds Arts Fair, Shoreline Arts Fair, and the Richmond Beach Strawberry Festival for four years.
“Jimmy Free’s Friends” Have played a lot of local clubs inclulding: The Bamboo Bar and Grill, Mondo’s,Eastlake Zoo, Crossroads Food Center, Stanwood Hotel and Tavern, Owl and Thistle, The Castaways, Rimrock Steak House, The Interchange, Legends, Spar Beer, Yella Beak, O’Callahan’s, Blue Water Bistro, Bubba’s Road House, Central Tavern, The Olde Shipwreak, Raging River Saloon, Corner Inn, Grinders, Druid’s Glen, The Mad Crab, and The Upstage. Jimmy Free also regularly appears as the guest artist for jam gigs with Randy Oxford at Jazz Bones, Silver Dollar Casino and for Doug McGrew at the Barrel Tavern.
"Jimmy Free’s Friends"-
Like the jazz bands I grew up on, we take songs from our past and rework them, by putting instrumental breaks in them, and altering the beat or the feel. We do our version of it. We don’t do jazz standards, we do blues songs, reggae songs and anything else that seems to fit…
Jimmy Free (Guitar & Vocals),
Mohammed Shaibu (Guitar & Vocals),
Hollywood (Bass & Vocals),
Leo Leblanc (Drums & Vocals)