Taj Mahal Schedule
Fifty years in the music industry doesn't have Taj Mahal slowing down, and he's still churning
out music today. This two-time Grammy Award-winning artist boasts a jaw-dropping 26 hits on the music charts and over 40 albums
to date. Taj Mahal is also one of the few artists around who can say he has played with such well-known legends as Otis Redding
and The Temptations, as well as rubbing elbows with the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins,
Sleepy John Estes and Junior Guy. Over the last few years, he has also collaborated with the biggest talents of the younger
generation - Ziggy Marley, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, to name a few. Not a musician to ever fit in one box, Taj Mahal blends
nearly every style of music to create a sound all his own. Blues, folk, reggae, Latin, West African, zydeco, jazz, R&B,
gospel and Hawaiian, are some of his inspirations, melded together to create a sound that is authentic, fun and perfect to
dance to. Mahal told reporters, "The one thing that I have always demanded of the records I've made is that they be danceable...
It's listenable, it has a lot of different rhythms, it's accessible... It's a lot of fun, and it represents where I am in
this particular moment in my life... Even at the end of forty years, in many ways my music is getting started."
can catch Taj Mahal at many well-known venues, including at the Lexington Opera House in Lexington, Kentucky; Belly Up Tavern
in Solana Beach, California; and SF Jazz Center in San Francisco, California. Stop over at StubHub to snag the best tickets
to the greatest names in music today!
Taj Mahal Background
Born in Harlem, New York, Taj Mahal was born
Henry St. Clair Fredericks. Taj Mahal spent his youth in Springfield, Massachusetts, surrounded by the sounds and styles of
other cultures. "We spoke several dialects in my house - Southern, Caribbean, African - and we heard dialects from Eastern
and Western Europe," Mahal said. Mahal credits his musical upbringing to his gospel-singing mother and jazz-pianist father.
In his youth Mahal also learned a variety of instruments, including the piano, clarinet, trombone, harmonica and guitar. Inspired
by a dream, he adapted the stage name while he attended the University of Massachusetts. During that time, he played in the
U-Mass band, Elektra. After graduation, he pulled up stakes and moved to L.A., where he joined up with guitarist Ry Cooder
to form the band, Rising Sons, and inked a deal with Columbia Records. Frustrated with the lack of success from their first
album, Mahal broke away from the band and continued as a solo artist. The release of his debut album earned him critical acclaim
due to its unique, simplified take on the blues. He quickly became heralded as the "blues revivalist," and earned his status
as a well-respected necessity on the music scene. Some people were critical, feeling he took on too many roles that didn't
quite fit the typical genre at the time. Mahal replied with: "I didn't want to fall into the trap of complacency. I wanted
to keep pushing the musical ideas I had about jazz, music from Africa and the Caribbean. I wanted to explore the connection
between different kinds of music."
Taj Mahal Albums
Taj Mahal's massive discography is comprised of the
following: The Natch'l Blues (1968); Taj Mahal (1968); De Ole Folks At Home (1969); Giant Step (1969); The Blues (196?); Happy
Just To Be Like I Am (1971); The Real Thing (1972); Recycling The Blues And Other Related Stuff (1972); Sounder (1973); Oh
So Good 'N' Blues (1973); Mo' Roots (1974); Music Keeps Me Together (1974); Satisfied 'n Tickled Too (1976); Music Fuh Ya'
(Music Para Tu) (1977); Evolution (The Most Recent) (1977); Brothers (1977); Taj Mahal & Int' Rhythm Band Live (1979);
Taj (1987); Live And Direct (1987); Shake Sugaree: Taj Mahal Sings and Plays for Children (1988); Peace Is The World Smiling
(1989); Shake It To The One That You Love The Best (1989); Big Blues: Live at Ronnie Scott (1991); Like Never Before (1991);
Mule Bone (1991); Don't Call Us (1991); Smilin' Island of Song (1992); Dancing the Blues (1993); The Rising Sun Collection
(1994); Mumtaz Mahal (1995); Phantom Blues (1996); An Evening of Acoustic Music (1996); Senor Blues (1997); Shakin' a Tailfeather
(1997); Sacred Island (1998); Taj Mahal and the Hula Blues (1998); Kulanjan (1999); Crystal Clear (1999); Shoutin' in Key:
Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band Play Live (2000); Hanapepe Dream (2003); Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band in
St. Lucia (2005); Mkutano (2005); Maestro (2008); American Horizon (2009); and Talkin' Christmas! (2014).
Taj Mahal's first and only record from his band, Rising Sons, was never formally released until 1992,
more than 28 years after its original production.
Taj Mahal Concert Experience
Put on dancin' shoes when
you head out to see Taj Mahal! He is known for putting on shows that were meant to keep you on your feet, and fans young and
old alike are still moving to his beat. A master at multi-instruments, seeing Taj Mahal in his element is never short of inspired.
It's refreshing to hear upbeat music with fans who truly appreciate it. Join Taj Mahal and his countless number of fans and
experience what a legendary show is really about!