Mayall joins Blues Blowout tribute to Williamson
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"You learned a lot, especially about dynamics," he says. "In the first wave of British blues bands, you were playing all out at full volume. There wasn't much light and shade in it, so one of the main things I learned from backing those guys was the use of dynamics and not having to play so loud. It made the rhythmic things a lot more meaningful. Making sure that everybody can hear each other without drowning each other out, I think, is the key to a good band."
Miller, who'd been in ill health, died on May 15, 1965, in Helena, a little less than a year after his final appearance in England. His age remains a mystery. Much like his many names, he claimed several dates of birth throughout his life.
Blues Harmonica Blowout: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m. next Sunday. $25-$55. SFJazz Center, Miner Auditorium, 201 Franklin St., San Francisco. (866)920-5299. www.sfjazz.org
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