The Story of Jimi Hendrix & Traffic's Musical Collaboration

It was a hot summer night in 1968,

..and the two bands were setting up for their performance. The crowd was already starting to gather, and the excitement was palpable. Jimi Hendrix was tuning his guitar, and Traffic was checking their equipment. The air was thick with anticipation..

The first song they played was "Crosstown Traffic." Hendrix's guitar playing was fiery and intense, and Traffic's rhythm section provided a solid foundation. The song was a showcase for the talents of both bands, and the crowd went wild.
Jimi Hendrix on guitar
They played a few more songs, and then they decided to take a break. The crowd was still cheering, and the band members were sweating profusely. But they were all smiles. They knew they were onto something special.

Jimi & Traffic fans
After the break, they came back and played even harder than before. The crowd was going crazy, and the band was feeding off the energy. They played for hours, and the crowd never lost its enthusiasm.

Jim Capaldi on drums
When it was finally over, the band members were exhausted but exhilarated. They had created something truly special, and they knew it. The crowd filed out of the venue, still talking about the amazing performance they had just witnessed.


Steve Winwood & Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix and Traffic were two of the most innovative and influential bands of the 1960s. Both bands were known for their unique sound and their ability to blend different genres of music. The stage was filled with Jimi Hendrix and members of Traffic including Dave Mason, Chris Wood, Steve Winwood, Trevor Burton, Carl Wayne, and Vic Briggs. 

The story told above happened in 1968, after the two bands met and decided to collaborate on a project. The result was a series of live performances and recordings that became known as the "Jimi Hendrix and Traffic Jam Sessions." Fortunately for all of us, Chris Wood recorded the jam sessions on his portable tape recorder.


jimi hendrix and traffic jam sesh

The jam sessions took place at various locations in the United States and Europe. The sessions were informal and spontaneous, and the two bands would often improvise their way through songs. The results were often unpredictable and exciting, and the sessions captured the creative energy of both bands.

Chris Wood & Jimi Hendrix
One of the most famous moments from the jam sessions came when Hendrix and Traffic played a version of the song "Crosstown Traffic." Hendrix's fiery guitar playing and Traffic's solid rhythm section displayed the talents of both bands, and it is considered one of the highlights of the jam sessions.

The Jimi Hendrix and Traffic Jam Sessions were a unique and special event. The two bands also toured together on other occasions! They captured the creative energy of two of the most innovative bands of the 1960s, and they produced some of the most exciting and memorable music of that era.

Below is a little taste from their jam sessions called "Jam Thing."

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