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John Mayall

Thu, Jul 16 -
Sun, Jul 19, 2015




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The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes the Godfather of British blues, John Mayall, for four nights and six shows. Band members joining Mr. Mayall are Rocky Athas (guitar), Greg Rzab (bass) and Jay Davenport (drums).. Show times Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, and Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night.

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John Mayall grew up listening to his guitarist father’s extensive jazz record collection and felt drawn to the blues. Strongly influenced by such greats as Leadbelly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith, and Eddie Lang, from the age of 13 he taught himself to play developing his own style with the aid of a neighbor’s piano, borrowed guitars, and secondhand harmonicas. He landed in London in the 60s and met found his musical soul mate in Eric Clapton, who had quit the Yardbirds in favor of playing the blues. This historic union culminated in the first hit album for the Bluesbreakers and resulted in worldwide legendary status. A succession of great musicians defined their artistic roots under John’s leadership. As Clapton has stated, “John Mayall has actually run an incredibly great school for musicians.”

John Mayall has some fond memories about how this band came about. “Through most of 1966, Peter and John were both regular members of the Bluesbreakers and Aynsley Dunbar was the drummer,” states Mayall. “However, even though Aynsley was a great drummer, it was starting to become apparent that his jazz influenced style of playing was veering away from the blues. As I recall, Peter had been close friends with Mick Fleetwood for some time and he suggested I give him a shot. And so for a short period of only about three months Mick became a Bluesbreaker.”

Now the band embarks on presenting their newest album, Live in 1967 (release date 4/21/2015). This work came about because a staunch fan from Holland, Tom Huissen, was able to sneak a one channel reel-to-reel tape recorder into five London clubs (including the famed Marquee) in early 1967 and capture this exciting glimpse into music history. For nearly 50 years these tapes remained unheard until John Mayall acquired them recently and began restoring them with the technical assistance of Eric Corne of Forty Below Records. “While the source recording was very rough and the final result is certainly not hi-fidelity, it does succeed in allowing us to hear how spectacular these performances are,” says Corne.

“I'd known for a decade or two of the existence of these tapes and in fact Tom Huissen had sent me a CD with 50 second teasers for some of the tracks that he'd secretly recorded at our London shows,” recalls Mayall. “Last year, Tom decided he wanted the world to hear these performances and work soon began on restoring the already fine quality on the old reel-to-reel tapes.”

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