Joe Jackson Salutes Duke Ellington
Joe Jackson will honor Duke Ellington in an exclusive televised concert with his six-piece ensemble, the Bigger Band, at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., on Sept. 25. The performance will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on AXS TV and will include a special appearance by violinist Regina Carter.
During the live television event, Jackson will perform classic Ellington tunes as well as original hits from his own 30-year career. The concert will also highlight Jackson’s arranging and instrumental abilities as he performs tracks from his recent Ellington tribute album The Duke (Razor & Tie), which was released in June. The album, which debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album and Current Jazz Album charts, is a reinterpretation of 15 Ellington tunes over 10 tracks.
While recording the album, Jackson enlisted an all-star arsenal of rock and jazz musicians, including vocalists Iggy Pop and Sharon Jones, guitarist Steve Vai and drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Though Jackson remained faithful to Ellington’s freewheeling approach on songs such as “I’m Beginning To See The Light,” “Mood Indigo,” “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” he deviated from the bandleader’s traditional big-band setting with unique instrumentation and textural configurations.
“Joe Jackson & The Bigger Band Live From The Count Basie Theatre, Featuring Regina Carter” will kick off Jackson’s world tour with Carter, which includes U.S. tour dates in October and European tour dates in November and December. Upcoming U.S. tour dates include Chicago’s Vic Theatre (Sept. 28), Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater (Sept. 29), Seattle’s Moore Theatre (Oct. 2) and Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre (Oct.6.) Further information on additional tour dates is available on Jackson’s official website.
Vist the AXS TV website for more information on Jackson’s live broadcast event or future AXS TV concerts and events.