john mayall at ventura theater

John Mayall at Ventura Theater in Ventura, CA

English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter John Mayall, whose musical career spans 50 years, performed at Ventura Theater. In the ‘60s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band that has counted among its members some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.

At 82 years old, Mayall can still sing the blues. Compassionate and humble, he attributes his long life in giving up alcohol 30 years ago.

Text and photos by Thomas Long

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