Jimmy Payne
1939 - 2006
Calgary Bluesfest (2005, 2006)

CBMA Blues Hall of Fame
Lifetime Achievement (2008)


Jimmy Payne dedicated 35 years of his short life to music, starting his career on the island of Barbados, playing in a steel band. A move to Canada helped him further his education, and led him to a career in drumming. Based in Toronto, he played with such artists as Charlie Exstine, Detroit's Dorothy Patton Trio, and the Sy McLean Trio. While playing in Windsor, Ontario, he was discovered by King Curtis, who offered him work in his band based out of New York City. With the death of Curtis four years later, Jimmy joined Volume III and settled in Calgary.

During his time in Calgary Jimmy played with such international artists as Robert Lockwood Jr., Little Milton, Albert Collins, Otis Rush, John Hammond, Pine Top Perkins, Eddie Kirkland, Big Miller, Sonny Rhodes, Sue Folley, the 9th Avenue All Stars, Wild Child Butler, Nappy Brown, Kathy MacDonald, Spencer Davis, and Rusty Reed.

He is also known for his work with local blues greats such as Bill Hills, Karl Roth and Johnny V and the House Rockers, as well as leading his own group, the House of Payne. Jimmy was also a busy studio sessionist and sought-after teacher.