Jul 11 - Jul 14, 2013
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents legendary blues guitarist John Mayall. Band members joining Mr. Mayall are Greg Rzab (bass), Jay Davenport (drums) and Rocky Athas (guitar). Set times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Set times Friday and Saturday 7:30 and 9:30 Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 5:30pm all nights.
John Mayall is a pioneering English blues singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His musical career spans over fifty years but the most notable episode occurred during the late '60s. He was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and has been influential in the careers of many instrumentalists, including Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Jon Mark, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, and Buddy Whittington.
As the elder statesman of British blues, it is John Mayall's lot to be more renowned as a bandleader and mentor than as a performer in his own right. Throughout the '60s, his band, the Bluesbreakers, acted as a finishing school for the leading British blues-rock musicians of the era. Guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor joined his band in a remarkable succession in the mid-'60s, honing their chops with Mayall before going on to join Cream, Fleetwood Mac, and The Rolling Stones, respectively. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, Jack Bruce, Aynsley Dunbar, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser (of Free), John Almond, and Jon Mark also played and recorded with Mayall for varying lengths of times in the '60s.
John Mayall is not only responsible for exposing traditional American blues to British listeners, but the excitement his brand of blues generated quickly reverberated back to the US and throughout the world. A pioneer of the real thing infused with a foreign element, the result was an audaciously modern and exciting interpretation of the music of Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Dixon, Elmore James, and especially Freddie King. John wasn’t the first English musician to delve deeply into American blues, as Graham Bond and Alexis Korner were heavily into it in the early 60s as well. However, John had a knack for putting together numerous versions of a band many consider to be one of the greatest blues bands in history, in England or anywhere else.
The renowned bandleader, lead vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist (harp, keyboards, guitar, sax, etc), still tours the globe, bringing his exciting brand of electric blues to music lovers and connoisseurs everywhere. The father of six and the grandfather of six, John Mayall, at 75, hopes to keep the blues alive for many more years to come.
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