Jimmy Hobson

Jimmy Hobson

Musicians | Instrument: Drums | Location: San Francisco

Updated: February 9, 2023

Born: June 9, 1952

Drums are as fascinating to me now as in my first ten years of life - Unable to look away from the Sears catalog drum page under my bed covers, or, to this day catching myself staring at the drums on stage or in the studio.

My first snare drum arrived Christmas day 1965 and seven days later the neighbors gave me a practice pad to keep the noise down.

As a beginner I had great difficulty with the rules, grammar and logic of "How to play drums"  which in my childhood ADD state put a limitation on my creative spirit. Questions like "Why does the dominate hand have to hit the ride cymbal? Can't I hit any drum whenever I want as long as the time keeps flowing? It turns out that this incomprehension was my lucky youthful gift - Keeping good linear time without consciousness & having all strokes and notes connect with the time and groove.


Career Highlights playing drums in Performance and or Recording:

  • 1971 / 72 - Original "Hair" Rock Musical - Paris, France
  • 1976 - Dorothy Morrison "Oh Happy Day"
  • 1977 - Matthew Larkin Cassell "Pieces", "Matt The Cat"

1978 / 1990 - Residing in Los Angeles, CA: Billy Preston; Michael Sims; The Limeliters; Justo Almario; Billy Childs; Tom, Walt & Bruce Fowler; Judy Collins; Ofra Haza; Lee Musiker; Wayne Bergeron.

1991 to present Residing NYC & SF Bay Area: The Sundogs; Hall & Oates; Maria Muldaur; Evelyn Champagne King; Celine Dion; Jerry Garcia Band (with Melvin Seals); Lorn Leber; Taylor Dayne; Noel Jewkes; Dick Conte.


Multi-Platnum / Platnum / Gold Record Award(s) for Celine Dion's self titled Celine Dion; Gold Record Award for Hall & Oates' Change Of Season and Gold Record Award for Taylor Dayne's Soul Dancing.


Gretsch USA Custom Bop; Yamaha Maple Custom; Yamaha Recording Custom.


From Modern Drummer Magazine :

Bohemian, native Californian, and GMS Drums endorser Jimmy Hobson
personifies the phrase "variety is the spice of life."

..."I was influenced by who my father listened to—
Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk—and espe-
cially Art Blakey."
...Hobson has logged in hours of experience in many various situations.
In the early 1970s he landed the drummer's seat in the European
touring company of the musical Hair...

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Jimmy Hobson Albums

Jimmy Hobson Tour

Past Concerts

  Thu, Apr 13
Sonoma, CA
Dick Conte Trio
Murphy’s Irish Pub
Thu, Apr 13. 5:30 pm
  Thu, Apr 27
Sonoma, CA
Dick Conte Trio
Murphy’s Irish Pub
Thu, Apr 27. 5:30 pm
  Fri, Apr 28
Sonoma, CA
Dick Conte Trio
Murphy’s Irish Pub
Fri, Apr 28. 5:30 pm