More Than a Half Century Later, John Mayall’s Still Got the Blues [Berkshire On Stage]


The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Grammy Award-nominated, “Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Thursday (March 24) at 8pm.

Mayall has had an impressive musical career that spans both sides of the Atlantic and more than 50 years. The English blues singer, pianist, harmonica player, guitarist and songwriter founded the band, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in the ’60s — a band whose members included a copious amount of celebrated blues and blues rock talent including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.

Attracted by the West Coast climate and culture, Mayall then made his permanent move from England to Los Angeles and began forming bands with American musicians. Throughout the ’70s, Mayall became further revered for his many jazz/rock/blues innovations featuring such notable performers as Blue Mitchell, Red Holloway, Larry Taylor and Harvey Mandel.

Throughout the last three decades, Mayall’s popularity skyrocketed with a succession of dynamic albums including the Grammy Award-nominated Wake Up Call that featured guest artists Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Albert Collins and Mick Taylor.

Today, John Mayall reaches a creative pinnacle with, in his opinion, the best band he’s ever had with – Rocky Athas on guitar, Jay Davenport on drums and Greg Rzab on bass. Together now for over seven years, they are featured players on John’s last four albums including his latest, Find a Way to Care.

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