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August 4, 2017 -- Legendary blues musician John Mayall, whose band featured such future stars as Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor, will perform at Santa Monica's The Broad Stage this month.

Known as "The Godfather of British Blues," Mayall, a tireless performer who continues touring at age 83, will perform with his trio on Friday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m., event organizers said.

"(Mayall) will deliver a career retrospective with new slants and sounds to showcase this monumental life in blues music," organizers said.

John Mayall Best known as the founder and leader of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in the 1960s, the British-born guitarist, singer and songwriter recruited a stable of unknown musicians that would form bands that shaped the future of rock.

Among the band's members were Clapton and Jack Bruce (Cream), Taylor (The Rolling Stones), Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.

John Mayall (Photo courtesy of The Broad Stage)

After moving to Los Angeles in 1969 during the height of California's rock music scene, Mayall began forming bands with American musicians over the next three decades.

Mayall, who has 130 concerts scheduled this year, continues to be an ambassador for the American blues inspired by Muddy Waters, Lead Belly and Big Bill Broonzy.

“At any given time [the blues] represents the mood of society and the things that are going on around people," Mayall told People Magazine. "It’s music that is there trailing on, keeping up with the times.”

Performing with Mayall at The Broad Stage are Jay Davenport on drums and Greg Rzab on bass.

Jazz & Blues at The Broad Stage is made possible by a gift from Richard and Lisa Kendall.

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