He was born in Harlem, New York with the name of Henry St. Claire Fredericks. In the 1960's, he adopted a musical alias, Taj Mahal. As they say, the rest is history. He was influenced early on by Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin Hopkins and other blues artists from the Mississippi delta and Chicago blues scene. He is a composer, singer and plays a few instruments including guitar. He is one of the most prominent and influential artists in the blues and roots music genre in the late 20th century and he continues to be to this day.
He has a show coming up on Sunday, October 6, at 7pm at the Smothers Theatre which is part of the Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University. The concert is billed as World Blues featuring the Taj Mahal Trio. Vusi Mahlasela from South Africa and Fredericks Brown featuring Deva Mahal are also on the program. The show will celebrate American blues music's global influence from three points of view: rock and roll, folk blues and South African blues. By the way, Deva Mahal is Taj Mahal's daughter and she is from New Zealand.
Tickets for the show can be ordered by phone at this number, 310-506-4522 or through the box office. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 12pm to 5pm. The Pepperdine Center for the Arts is located on 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in beautiful Malibu. This concert is part of the 2013-2014 season and the Center's website is http://www.arts.pepperdine.edu. You can follow Taj Mahal on his website: http://www.tajblues.com.