Interview With Jimi Gee, Gender Bender at Large
by Laurie Mirkin
In this world where everyone wants to look the same, dress in trendy styles and are really not concerned about having any original ideas, when Jimi walks into the room, you have to look, long and hard. A combination of Cher and Alice Cooper in clothes and makeup, Jimi can be flamboyant one minute and quietly reserved, the next. One thing is for sure: when you meet him, you know you’ve met someone AMAZING! The more we talked, the more enchanted I was.
Jimi comes from Queens, and Long Island, New York. He always loved music and decided, exactly on February 9th, 1964, when he saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show that he was going to be himself and express himself with his hair, clothing and makeup. So he dresses just the way he wants to and that makes him feel free. He loves makeup and wears it well. I was jealous at the way he applied his mascara to almost look like false eyelashes. His students and parents of students are crazy about Jimi. He’s a gender bender and none of that gets in the way of him being one of the best music teachers in the Sarasota / Bradenton area.
Have a kid who doesn’t like to learn? Here’s a teacher who illicits excitement about music and where everyone gets to play a part. Kids come to him for help, advice, and mentoring. Although his main love is the acoustic guitar, I’ve seen Jimi play almost