Joe Jackson maps fall tour

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Joe Jackson will tour this fall to promote his brand album, The Duke. The veteran British singer-songwriter will bring his tour to Boston for a performance at the Wilbur Theatre on Wednesday, September 19. Tickets, which range in price from $55 to $69, are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

The Duke, which was released last month, is a tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington featuring covers of classics such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Take the A Train”. The five-time Grammy nominee interpreted 15 Ellington songs over ten tracks, combining several songs into medleys. The Duke features an array of special guests including Iggy Pop, Sharon Jones, guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and other members of The Roots, contemporary jazz stars violinist Regina Carter and bassist Christian McBride and more.

“I revere Duke Ellington, but I didn’t want this to be a reverent album,” explained Jackson in a press release.

“When I started this”, explained Jackson, “It felt a little daunting – like, how am I gonna pull this off? But it started to pick up momentum, and took on a life of its own. I got to work with people I never thought I’d be able to get, and they were all extremely enthusiastic and supportive of the project. It all came together in a way that surpassed my expectations. And it’s been a hell of a lot of fun.”

Along with material from The Duke, fans can expect to plenty of favorites from Jackson’s 30-year career on the upcoming tour. writing and recording career. Jackson will be backed by a six piece ensemble called “The Bigger Band” and comprised of violinist Regina Carter, percussionist Sue Hadjopoulous, mult-instrumentalist and vocalist Allison Cornell, bassist Jesse Murphy, guitarist Adam Rogers and drummer Nate Smith.

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