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Encyclopedia > Taj Mahal (musician)
Taj Mahal

Background information
Birth name Henry Saint Clair Fredericks
Born May 17, 1942 in New York, NY, USA
Genre(s) Blues
Instrument(s) Vocals, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Slide guitar, Dobro, Kazoo, Fife
Years active 1964-present
Associated
acts
Rising Sons
Website tajblues.com

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, better known by the stage name Taj Mahal (born May 17, 1942), is an American blues musician. Image File history File linksMetadata Tajmahalblues. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... New York, New York redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) A modern 5-string banjo The banjo is a stringed instrument of African American origin adapted from several African instruments. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Example of a bottleneck, with fingerpicks and resonator guitar. ... A modern Gibson Dobro Dobro is a trade name now owned by Gibson Guitar Corporation and used for a particular design of resonator guitar. ... Two examples of the kazoo A metal kazoo The kazoo, also called Clegghorn, is a simple musical instrument (membranophone) that adds a buzzing timbral quality to a players voice when one hums into it. ... Fife (Fìobh in Gaelic) is a council area of Scotland, situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, with landward boundaries to Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire. ... Rising Sons was a Los Angeles, California-based band in the 1960s that featured Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Kevin Kelly (later in The Byrds, and even Ed Cassidy, later found of Spirit. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ...


Biography

He was born in Harlem in New York City, but grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father was a jazz pianist/composer/arranger of Jamaican descent, while his mother was a schoolteacher from South Carolina who sang gospel. His grandfather married a St. Kitts woman. His sister was Carole Fredericks. In his song titled Ain't It Funky Now, he talks about his past and where he grew up. The Apollo Theater on 125th Street; the Hotel Theresa is visible in the background. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Nickname: City of Homes Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Hampden County Settled 1636 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Charles Ryan (D) Area  - City  33. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... In education, teachers are those who teach students or pupils, often a course of study or a practical skill. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35°12N... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... Carole Denise Fredericks (1952 – 2001) American singer. ...


In the early 1960s he studied agriculture and animal husbandry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated in 1964. (The same university also gave him an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 2006.) While there he formed Taj Mahal & the Elektras; using a stage name of the Taj Mahal was inspired by a dream. Shepherd with his sheep in Făgăraş Mountains, Romania. ... The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass Amherst or UMass) is a research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers over 90 undergraduate and 65 graduate areas of study. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Taj Mahal, viewed from the Northern bank of the Yamuna river. ...


After college, he moved to Los Angeles and formed the group Rising Sons with Ry Cooder in 1964. The group signed with Columbia Records and released one single and recorded another album which was not released by Columbia until 1992. Taj, frustrated with the mixed reaction to his music quit the group and went solo. Still with Columbia, he released a well received, self titled album in 1968, and based on its success released a second album, Natch'l Blues that same year. The two record set Giant Step, released in 1969 firmly established Taj as an American blues artist, with its title track becoming a cult favorite still popular with today's audiences. Taj and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis are also known for their performance in 1968 on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Rising Sons was a Los Angeles, California-based band in the 1960s that featured Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Kevin Kelly (later in The Byrds, and even Ed Cassidy, later found of Spirit. ... Ryland Ry Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Natchl Blues is an album by American blues artist Taj Mahal. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Jesse Ed Davis (September 21, 1944 – June 22, 1988) was an American guitarist. ... This article should belong in one or more categories. ...


His music blends various sources: blues, reggae, Cajun, gospel, bluegrass, Hawaiian (in fact, Taj lived for many years on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i), African and Caribbean musical traditions. While keeping true to their roots, he adds his own special touch. He also plays an assortment of musical instruments. This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... This article is about an ethnic culture. ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music which has its own roots in Irish, Scottish and English traditional music. ... World map exhibiting a common interpretation of Oceania; other interpretations may vary. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... “West Indian” redirects here. ...


He has received two Grammy Awards in the category Best Contemporary Blues Album, the first in 1997 for Señor Blues, and again in 2000 for Shoutin' In Key. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album has been awarded since 1988. ... Señor Blues is a 1997 album by blues musician Taj Mahal. ...


He has performed on various movie soundtracks including Sounder and Blues Brothers 2000 in which he also appeared. He also appeared briefly in the motion pictures Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (as the gatekeeper), Six Days, Seven Nights (as the singer at a resort hotel), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (as the leader of a swing band performing at a party), Outside Ozona and The Song Catcher. He can also be heard singing the theme song and playing the acoustic guitar soundtrack on the children's cartoon Peep and the Big Wide World. He is also the composer of famous song She Caught The Katy (along with Yank Rachel) which is the first song performed by Jake Blues (John Belushi) at the beginning of the movie The Blues Brothers. Sounder is a young adult novel by William H. Armstrong. ... Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 musical/comedy film and sequel to the highly successful 1980 film The Blues Brothers. ... Bill and Teds Bogus Journey is a 1991 American comedy science fiction film, the sequel to Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure. ... Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a novel written by Rebecca Wells. ... A film made in 1998 by J.S. Cardone. ... Peep and the Big Wide World is an animated cartoon that teaches nature and science to preschoolers. ...


In 2006, he appeared as a guest musician on the Ladysmith Black Mambazo album Long Walk to Freedom, playing an electric guitar backing for "Mbube" ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"). Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a chorus from South Africa that sings a cappella isicathamiya and mbube music. ... Long Walk to Freedom is an album by the South African isicathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. ... The Lion Sleeps Tonight began as a 1939 African popular music hit Mbube that, in modified versions, also became a hit in the US and UK. Mbube (Zulu for lion) was first recorded by its writer, Solomon Linda, and his group, The Evening Birds, in 1939. ...


On February 8, 2006, Taj Mahal was designated the "official Blues Artist" of Massachusetts by Chapter 19 of the Acts of 2006.[1] On December 16, 2006, he appeared with his band, Taj Mahal Trio, at the 18th Annual Warren Haynes Xmas Jam in Asheville, NC. The appearance was recorded for an upcoming DVD which is to be released in early 2007. February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ...


Selected discography

  • 1968 - Taj Mahal
  • 1968 - The Natch'l Blues
  • 1969 - Giant Step/De Ole Folks At Home
  • 1971 - The Real Thing
  • 1971 - Happy Just To Be Like I Am
  • 1972 - Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff
  • 1973 - Oooh So Good 'n Blues
  • 1974 - Mo' Roots
  • 1974 - Brothers
  • 1975 - Music Keeps Me Together
  • 1976 - Satisfied 'N Tickled Too
  • 1976 - Music Fa' Ya (Musica Para Ti)
  • 1977 - Evolution (The Latest)
  • 1983 - Take A Giant Step
  • 1991 - Like never before
  • 1993 - Dancing The Blues
  • 1993 - An Evening of Acoustic Music
  • 1993 - The Source by Ali Farka Touré Flag of Mali (World Circuit WCD030 / Hannibal 1375)
  • 1995 - Mumtaz Mahal (with V.M. Bhatt and N. Ravikiran)
  • 1996 - Phantom Blues
  • 1997 - Señor Blues
  • 1998 - Sacred Island (with The Hula Blues Band)
  • 1999 - Kulanjan (with Toumani Diabaté) Flag of Mali
  • 2000 - Shoutin' In Key
  • 2003 - Hanapepe Dream
  • 2003 - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues - Taj Mahal
  • 2003 - Blues with Feeling
  • 2004 : Musicmakers with Taj Mahal (Music Maker 49)
  • 2004 : Etta Baker with Taj Mahal (Music Maker 50)
  • 2005 - Mkutano Meets The Culture Musical Club Of Zanzibar Flag of Tanzania
  • 2005 - The Essential Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is an American blues album by Taj Mahal. ... Natchl Blues is an album by American blues artist Taj Mahal. ... The Real Thing is a 1971 live album by Taj Mahal. ... Ali Ibrahim Farka Touré (October 31, 1939 - March 6, 2006) was a Malian singer and guitarist, and one of the African continents most internationally renowned musicians. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mali. ... Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt playing the mohan veena Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (b. ... N. Ravikiran with a chitravina Chitravina N. Ravikiran (born February 12, 1967 in Mysore, Karnataka, India) is a composer of Indian Carnatic music. ... Señor Blues is a 1997 album by blues musician Taj Mahal. ... Toumani Diabaté (born August 10, 1965) is a Malian kora player who has gained international acclaim for his music. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mali. ... Music Maker is an american blues record label created by the Music Maker Relief Foundation to help old bluesmen. ... Etta Baker (born Etta Lucille Reid in Caldwell County, North Carolina, March 31, 1913) is a Piedmont blues guitarist and singer from North Carolina, United States. ... Music Maker is an american blues record label created by the Music Maker Relief Foundation to help old bluesmen. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Tanzania. ...

References

  1. ^ An Act Designating Taj Mahal as the Official Blues Artist of the Commonwealth
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Taj Mahal: Phantom Blues (960 words)
Mahal has chosen to almost exclusively emphasize his vocal dexterity, riding the power and the rhythm of a tight back-up band that is equal to the challenge of not overshadowing the singer, yet spurring him to reach for higher ground.
Taj Mahal and company bring a warm Cajun flavor to this classic by incorporating elements as diverse, yet remarkably compatible, as David Hidalgo's zydeco accordion, the New Orleans barroom piano that gives the song more zest than the original, and the brassy Dixieland fade-out that stunningly concludes the song.
In short, Taj Mahal may not bring much that is innovative to his opus, but his interpretation and instruction are nonetheless well worth the effort of anyone who enjoys the blues, especially in the hands of a master.
Wikinfo | Taj Mahal (769 words)
The Taj Mahal, located near Agra in northern India, is a tomb constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Arjumand Bano Begum.
The architectural complex of the Taj Mahal comprises five main elements: the Darwaza or main gateway, the Bageecha (garden), the Masjid (mosque), the Naqqar Khana (rest house), and the Rauza or the Taj Mahal mausoleum.
Taj Mahal is also a 1963 Hindi movie by M. Sadiq starring Pradeep Kumar as Shah Jahan and Beena Rai as Mumtaz Mahal.
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