Jimi Smooth, born James Smoot, is an "Entertainer's Entertainer." A native Washingtonian and product of DC Public Schools, Jimi has been in show business and performing with a live band since he was 15 years old. He began singing on the street corner singing Doo-Wop in the 50’s. He was influenced by such legends as The Moonglows, The Drifters, and The Spaniels led by “Pookie” Hudson.
At the age of 17, Jimi became an usher at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC, and was thrilled to be able to see the shows. Influenced by these shows, he fashioned his talent after the performers he watched and formed his own group, "Smoot & Wilson and the Dynamics Band.” The band began playing at some DC nightclubs including The Carnival Club and The Ebony. Jimi later joined DC's quintessential local band, The El Corols, which included trumpeter Joe Quarterman and guitarist Greg Gaskins.
Jimi Smooth has been performing nearly all his life and continues today with his band Jimi Smooth & Hit Time. During his illustrious career, Jimi and his band have performed for a variety of audiences and events including for three major DC sports teams – the Washington Commanders (formerly Redskins), Washington Wizards, and Washington Nationals. One major highlight for the band was performing at the White House Christmas party for then-President George W. Bush’s twin daughters.
Known as the consummate showman, Jimi ‘pours his heart and soul into every show because he wants everyone who sees him perform to walk away feeling entertained and thrilled.’ He is an active member of DC Legendary Musicians, Inc., having served as a member of the board for over 15 years. Jimi is also a family man – he’s a husband and father of two young men whom he loves dearly.
Make no mistake about it - Jimi Smooth is an "Entertainer's Entertainer"!
“My claim to fame is entertainment!"
- Jimi Smooth