John Scofield & Taj Mahal Celebrate Muddy Waters!
April 24th & 25th 2015 @ Rose Theatre NYC
Masters of their instrument and architects of distinctive styles, guitarist John Scofield and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal are each legends in their own right. They will collaborate for the first time in a centennial celebration of the indelible influence of blues giant Muddy Waters (1915-1983), who changed the genre forever and permanently impacted rock ‘n roll. Revered as “The Father of Modern Chicago Blues,” Muddy Waters synergized the Delta blues of his native Mississippi with the urban blues of Chicago to become a pioneer of the electric guitar. His sheer inventiveness drafted a blueprint of possibilities for subsequent guitarists to follow. Both Scofield and Mahal drew early inspiration from Waters as they developed their own individual voices. Over the span of their prolific recording careers—a combined eighty years—each has garnered the highest honors and awards. From Mahal’s “World Blues,” which incorporates influences from New Orleans, the Caribbean, and Africa, to Scofield’s jazz, rock, and funk hybrid, this performance is sure to convey the spirit of Waters’ inerasable footprint in history.
Free pre-concert discussion nightly, 7pm.