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Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout
w/ John Mayall, Rick Estrin, Little Charlie Baty, James Harman and more!
January 19, 2014
Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. | $33.50 ADV / $35 Doors
More info: aladdin-theater.com
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202
JOHN MAYALL just turned a very youthful eighty this year. John was awarded the Bristish OBE by her majesty a few years back. John started his interest in music as a child listening to his father’s American jazz and boogie records. Early on, after returning from military service in Korea, John became interested in art & design. In 1963 he started the BluesBreakers and decided to make a career from music instead of art, at Alexis Korner’s urging, by moving to London.When Sonny Boy Williamson came thru with AFBF in 1963 John gravitated to the older blues man and coaxed lesson’s from Rice.
Mayall later incorporated this into all his harp solo pieces for which he is most known, particularly on ROOM TO MOVE,PARCHMENT FARM and ANOTHER MAN’S DONE GONE .Mayall is a few years older then many of the blues and rock icons that he mentored. Eric Clapton,Peter Green (FLEETWOOD MAC), Mick Taylor (ROLLING STONES), Mick Fleetwood, John McVee (FLEETWOOD MAC), Larry Taylor (CANNED HEAT), Blue Mitchell, Red Holloway, Freddie Robinson (LITTLE WALTER) Harvey Mandel, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, Andy Fraser (FREE), Sugarcane Harris (DON & DEWEY) and Aynsley Dunbar (ZAPPA, BOWIE,UFO,JOURNEY,WHITESNAKE,STARSHIP) all played in Mayall’s bands and most early in their careers, “Clapton Is God” was a subway slogan popular when Eric was inMayall’s band.
Fleetwood Mac’s inception was when McVee,Green & Fleetwood all played in Mayall’s band, as was Cream’s inception( though it was hidden away from John while Eric was still a BluesBreaker). John appears in DA Pennimaker’s “Don’t Look Back” film in the limo scenes with Bob Dylan, as he was showing Bob around the UK. Bob Dylan recorded one of his first band session’s with Mayall’s group with Clapton, though it was never released. John plays harmonica, organ, piano, guitar and sings.John has been dubbed the GODFATHER OF BRITISH BLUES because of his longstanding commitment to furthering the older blues styles to a mass audience.
Many blues names were only rediscovered because sung their songs and their praises-Freddie King,Otis Rush, JB Lenior, Little Joe Blue and many more became known outside of the black blues scene and introduced to a young white audience thanks to him. Mayall has also written many original compositions and painted or drawn his own album covers(Hard Road is John’s painting). Mayall continues touring most months out of the year in US and Europe and still frequently records new CDs.
Rick Estrin is the co-founder along with Charlie Baty, of Little Charlie and The Nightcats. Estrin was born in SF,CA in 1949, started playing harp after hearing his sister’s Jimmy Reed and Ray Charles records as a teen. Rick dropped out of high school to pursue trouble and music, in that order. Estrin went on to play in bands in SF with a young Joe Louis Walker, Fillmore Slim, Roger Collins, Hightide Harris and Travis Phillips. Rick’s obsession with blues finally overtook his extracurricular activities and kept him out of jail, after he moved back to CA from Chicago(where he played with Sam Lay,Johnny Littlejohn, Johnny Young & Eddie Taylor).