Jimmy Voegeli - Singer/Songwriter, Keyboardist, Band Leader


Led by singer/songwriter and keyboardist, Jimmy Voegeli, a UW-Madison CALS alum. During the day Jimmy helps out on his family's sixth-generation dairy farm. They till 1,500 acres of crop land, robotically milk 130 purebred Brown Swiss dairy cows; and export embryos, bull semen, and live animals all over the world! They show and exhibit dairy cattle throughout the states. His grandfather, father, and brother are world-renowned dairy geneticists, selling their genetics to hundreds of countries.

Jimmy grew up in a house constantly filled with music and singing – his parents met at one of his father’s gigs. He played the piano, yet struggled through piano lessons, then flunked high school band on trumpet. Jimmy made that report card the cover of his first solo album: “F” is for Blues,” featuring Grammy-winning blues-man Billy Flynn on guitar; Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s original funky drummer; and his inspiring tough-love band teacher, Mike Korth, on trombone.

A Hammond Organ Artist, Jimmy's won MAMA (Madison Area Music Award) awards for "Keyboardist of the Year" in 2010, 2012, 2015; “Organist of the Year” in 2021 & 2022 and MAMA Hall of Fame Class “Piano”. Jimmy also received WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) awards for "Keyboardist of the Year" in 2011, 2015; and “Organist of the Year” in 2024. Jimmy performs with outstanding industry award winning instrumentalists, Perry Weber - Guitars, Singer/Songwriter; Johnny Wartenweiler - Electric and Upright Bass; Chris Sandoval - Drums; Pete Ross - Tenor & Alto Saxophones, Clarinet; Joe Goltz - Trombone; and Chad Whittinghill - Trumpet.

The Jimmys (, founded by Jimmy, in September 2009, have released five critically ac-claimed albums of original music and have earned 30+ awards in numerous categories on a highly competitive local, regional, and national level. In 2014-2018 & 2022, The Jimmys won MAMA awards for "Blues Per-former of the Year”; in 2014, 2021, 2023 “Artist of the Year” along with awards for “Blues Album of the Year” in 2016-2017, & 2020; “Blues Song of the Year” 2014, 2016-2017 and in 2020 “Unique Song of the Year”. In 2012 & 2016, The Jimmys earned WAMI awards for "Best Swing/Big Band Ensemble” and in 2023 “Best Art-ist Southwest”. Awards with Independent Blues include “Local R&B Band”, “Local Blues Band”, “Blues Band”, “Blues Song of the Year” and “Best Contemporary Song”, “Write a Hit” with Marcia Ball. Other awards include Downbeat Magazine “Best Album”; Isthmus Mad Faves “Madison’s Favorite Band”; and multiple years with Madison Magazine “Best Blues Band”, “Best Blues Gold Winner”, “Best Local Band”, and MAMA Hall of Fame Class “Best Performer”.

Jimmy has played thousands of shows and recorded on nearly 100 albums with the likes of Marcia Ball, The Funkmasters (Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks from The James Brown Band), Dan Baird and Homemade Sin (formerly The Georgia Satellites), Bun E Carlos (Cheap Trick), Bryan Lee, Blues Superstars such as Stephen Hull, Chris O’Leary Band, Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Perry Weber, Jim Liban, Barstool Bob with guests Lonnie Brooks; along with an 18-year stint in the award-winning Westside Andy/Mel Ford band earning a first round Grammy Award nomination for “Contemporary Blues Album” in 2003. Jimmy has shared the stage with Blues greats like Tinsley Ellis, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Marcia Ball, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Flynn, Tab Benoit, Nick Moss Band, Tommy Castro Band, EC Scott, Shirley King, Gui-tar Shorty, Greg Koch, Joe Bonamassa along with Jazz greats Tony Monaco and Ben Sidran. The Jimmys have done numerous tours in Europe and Scandinavia, even recorded an award winning LIVE album at the prestigious Sighișoara Blues Fest în Sighișoara, Romania. Jimmy has also been a featured artist on two recent Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruises.

He's been on stage with such greats as Pinetop PerkinsRusty ZinnGuitar ShortyJoe BonamassaPerry WeberRev RavenBilly FlynnTab BenoitJames SolbergShirley KingEC ScottClyde StubblefieldBen SidranKen Saydak, and Dave Specter. There's more to list if his crusty little brain could remember!

Jimmy's recorded with The Funkmasters (John 'Jabo' Starks and Clyde Stubblefield - former drummers for James Brown), The Crashers, Lucas Cates, Robert J, Paul Filipowicz, The Velveetatones, Alex Wilson, Aaron Williams, Bobby Messano, and Fedora - just to name a few.