Singer/songwriter/composer/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal, a two-time Grammy winner and one of the most influential American blues and roots artists of the past half-century, will embark...

Singer/songwriter/composer/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal, a two-time Grammy winner and one of the most influential American blues and roots artists of the past half-century, will embark on a nationwide tour in support of his new album “Maestro” to be released on September 30. The tour kicks off September 25 in Napa, CA and concludes November 30 in Seattle, WA, with eight nights at Jazz Alley. Mahal is also playing double night engagements in Chicago, IL and Brownfield, ME. At least three more concerts will be scheduled.

“Maestro” is his first U.S. recording in five years and marks the 40th anniversary of Mahal’s rich and diverse recording career by mixing original material with chestnuts from vintage sources and newcomers alike. Guests on this anniversary gala include Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Los Lobos, Ziggy Marley and others – many of whom have been directly influenced by Mahal’s music and guidance.

Much more than just a tribute to past glories, “Maestro” captures the same level of intensity and depth that has characterized every one of Mahal’s recordings since his self-titled debut album in 1968. Simply put, four decades have done nothing to dilute his energy quotient.

“The one thing I’ve always demanded of the records I’ve made is that they be danceable,” he said in a statement. “This record is danceable, it’s listenable, it has lots of different rhythms, it’s accessible, it’s all right in front of you. It’s a lot of fun, and it represents where I am at this particular moment in my life.”

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Taj Mahal itinerary:
(Dates subject to change)

Taj Mahal itinerary:

September 25Napa, CANapa Valley Opera House
September 26Redding, CACascade Theater
September 27Arcata, CAVan Duzer Theatr
September 28Bend. ORTower Theatre
October 2Glenside, PAKeswick Theatre
October 3Tarrytown, NYTarrytown Music Hall
October 5Washington D.C.Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
October 9Oberlin, OHFinney Chapel at Oberlin College
October 10-11Chicago, ILMorse Theatre
October 12Minneapolis, MNFitzgerald Theater
October 15Missoula, MTUniversity Theater
October 16Idaho Falls, IDIdaho Falls Performing Arts Center
October 17Boise, IDEgyptian Theatre
October 18Salt Lake City, UTThe Depot
October 21Tucson, AZRialto Theatre or Fox
October 22Solana Beach, CABelly Up Tavern
October 25San Francisco, CAThe Fillmore (featuring Phantom Blues Band and special guests)
November 1Troy, NYTroy Savings Bank Music Hall
November 3-4Brownfield, MEStone Mountain Arts Center
November 5New London, CTGarde Arts Center
November 6Wilmington, DEThe Grand Opera House
November 7Great Barrington, MAThe Mahaiwe Theatre
November 8Fall River, MANarrows Center for the Arts
November 21-23, 25-26, 28-30Seattle, WAJazz Alley

Last Updated on July 18, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen