Blues legend John Mayall played the Whisky Wednesday night. Mayall’s band, The Bluesbreakers, included Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce before Cream formed; Peter Green, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood before Fleetwood Mac formed; Mick Taylor before he joined the Rolling Stones, Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat), original Journey drummer Aynsley Dunbar, Andy Fraser (Free), Walter Trout, and Coco Montoyo. With the Bluesbreakers, Mayall released an incredible 50 + albums until they disbanded in 2008 and Mayall put together a solo band.
Since 2009 Mayall’s band has consisted of Jay Davenport (Drums), Greg Rzab (Bass), Rocky Athas (Guitar).
Mayall’s set consisted of blues classics and his own songs which he explained how he wrote before performing each. Mayall mainly played keyboard and sang, but when he picked up the harmonica or guitar, he blew everyone away.
Regardless of music, just being in Mayall’s presence is quite special, with him being responsible for discovering so many iconic musicians. Nevertheless the music was great and Mayall has a fantastic band. At 81, Mayall is still touring and putting on great performances.