John Mayall

John MayallAs “The Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall has an impressive musical career that spans over 50 years. The English blues singer, pianist, harmonica player, guitarist, and songwriter founded the band, the Bluesbreakers in the 1960s, whose alumni include many celebrated guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, and Buddy Whittington.

After relocating to Los Angeles in 1969, Mayall began forming bands with American musicians, and throughout the next three decades, 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.

In 2008 Mayall made the decision to permanently retire the Bluesbreakers name and in 2009 started a new era of touring with band members Rocky Athas on guitar, Jay Davenport on drums and Greg Rzab on bass.  Recently, after several years working without a lead guitarist, Mayall has hired renowned Texas string slinger Carolyn Wonderland to become the first woman to hold down the lead guitar role in the band.

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Tuesday, June 18. 8:00 pm. $35.00 All ages. California guitarist Tommy Odetto opens the show.