North Carolina based rock and roll jam band Rich Lerner and The Groove have teamed up with former Jimi Hendrix percussionist Juma Sultan for the new album “Jammin’ With Juma”. This is the group’s fifth release on the label Free The Music and the follow up to 2017’s critically acclaimed “Push On Thru”. Juma Sultan performed with Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and also on several of his most famous recordings. Juma was introduced to Rich and his band by a mutual friend and within minutes they were making music together. Juma’s congas add a new flavor and rhythmic underpinning to the sound. Rich had the idea to find a Jimi Hendrix song Juma played on to rearrange and record. He settled on “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” which became the lead track on the album. At the first session the guys also recorded two other cover songs, one of which was a big hit for Eric Burdon and War when it first came out. Then Rich wrote the new original songs to complete the album project. All the rhythm tracks were recorded together live at Earthtones Recording Studio over the course of two evenings. “Jammin’ With Juma” also includes the group’s first Dub remix and an ode to the spirit of Jimi Hendrix. Rich Lerner and The Groove are best known for establishing Groove Jam Music Festival, an annual event to benefit the local homeless shelter and food bank in their hometown of Greensboro NC.