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Joe in the studio again

On 5 Dec 2014 Joe Jackson distributed the following short message via Facebook and Twitter:
"Recording new songs. Stay tuned."
along with a photograph from a recording studio – see left. (Please note that this picture is not one from Joe's current recording session. It probably dates from 2003.)

On 23 Jan 2015 Joe posted the following message on Facebook:
"Update: the recording phase of the new project is now complete. On to mixing. Stay tuned folks."

(source: Joe's Facebook and Twitter accounts)

Joe to appear on 'The Songs Of Beulah Rowley'

Joe has recorded piano for two tracks on the upcoming album by Mary Lee Kortes, better known to JJ fans as Mary Lee's Corvette, who opened for Joe on the Volume 4 Tour. For her project, called 'The Songs of Beulah Rowley', Mary Lee created not only the songs but also a complex background story of a fictitious Depression-era songwriter who died tragically young and unknown, and whose sheet music supposedly found its way into Mary Lee's family.

Mary Lee Kortes has now teamed up with producer Hal Wilner, and launched a PledgeMusic campaign to finish the project. Follow that link to get more information and also to preview the track 'Will Anybody Know That I Was Here' with Joe on piano.

(source: Joe's official website)

Joe contributes to 'Zuco Sound' album

In April 2014, Joe spent a few days in Amsterdam, working at Electric Monkey studios, with Stefan Kruger and Stefan Schmid from one of his favourite bands, Zuco 103. The project is an offshoot of Zuco 103 featuring collaborations with various artists, to be released under the name 'Zuco Sound'.

Joe has contributed lyrics, vocals and piano to two songs, one of which also features Zuco vocalist Lilian Vieira. The album will probably appear around October.

(source: Joe's official website)

Background info: Zuco 103 had contributed to Joe's last album The Duke (on 'Perdido' and 'It Don't Mean A Thing'). Singer Lilian Vieira also joined Joe on stage during the Duke tour's three Dutch concerts.

Joe in New Orleans on 7 Nov 2013

Joe will be making a special guest appearance at "Fess Fest" at Tipitina's in New Orleans next Thursday, Nov 7th.

The evening will pay tribute to the late great Professor Longhair, whose family home was devastated in Hurricane Katrina and remains in shambles. 100% of the proceeds will go toward rebuilding this historic home on Terpsichore Street for the Professor's family, who have been forced to rely on friends and family for housing since the disaster.

Other guest artists include actor/musician Hugh Laurie, as well as local NOLA greats Jon Cleary, Donald Harrison Jr., George Porter Jr., and others.

Duke concerts in 2013

All three concerts planned so far have been cancelled. It looks like there will be no tour in 2013.

The Duke Tour 2012

On 15 September Joe kicked off his tour in support of "The Duke", playing songs from that album and a selection of older material. Joe is touring with The Bigger Band, a six-piece ensemble, consisting of Regina Carter on violin, long-time Jackson collaborator, percussionist Sue Hadjopoulos, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Allison Cornell, Jesse Murphy on bass, Adam Rogers on guitar, and Nate Smith on drums. This band also appeared on the US TV show "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on 13 July 2012. See here.

The list of US and European dates can be found on this page: The Duke Tour.
According to Joe's official website, the concerts run approximately 2 hours with no opening act.

Upcoming TV appearances

None at the moment

Upcoming radio appearances

None at the moment

New album "The Duke" out in June

Joe's next album is a tribute to Duke Ellington (see Wikipedia entry for Duke Ellington) featuring several guest artists (listed below).
The album, which will be released on 25 June 2012 in Europe and on 26 June in the US, consists entirely of Ellington compositions, with a mix of vocal and instrumental tracks. Recording took place last year in Amsterdam, Berlin and New York City.

Here's the track list:

1. Isfahan (instr.)    
2. Caravan (vocals by Sussan Deyhim)    
3. I'm Beginning To See The Light / Take The 'A' Train / Cotton Tail (vocals by Joe Jackson)    
4. Mood Indigo (vocals by Joe Jackson)    
5. Rockin' In Rhythm (instr.)    
6. I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues / Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (vocals by Sharon Jones)    
7. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (vocals by Joe Jackson)    
8. Perdido / Satin Doll (vocals by Lilian Vieira)    
9. The Mooche / Black And Tan Fantasy (instr.)    
10. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (vocals by Joe Jackson and Iggy Pop)    

Musicians playing on the album include violinist Regina Carter; bassist Christian McBride; guitarist Steve Vai; drummer Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, sousaphone player Damon Bryson and guitarist Kirk Douglas of The Roots; long-time JJ collaborators guitarist Vinnie Zummo and percussionist Sue Hadjopoulos; electronic musician Kris Ingram Lanzaro; and string quartet Ethel.

The album was recorded and mixed by Elliot Scheiner.

Link to video at "Making of" documentary of The Duke album

LINK: Razor & Tie press release (with interview quotes from Joe)

Concert musical "Steppin' Out – Joe Jackson's Night and Day" comes to New York City

Following eight performances in Richmond, Virginia, in August 2012, the concert musical "Steppin' Out – Joe Jackson's Night and Day" will be staged in New York on 27 October 2012 at 7 PM at The Underground.

It will be produced by JD Productions as part of their N.E.W. Musicals series. The musical contains music and lyrics drawn from Jackson's two New York City-themed albums, the classic 1982 album Night And Day and its 2000 follow-up, Night And Day II.

For more information see
LINKS: Blog for "Steppin' Out"
Review of the Richmond production
Another review of that production

Joe Jackson on "World Cafe" and "All Things Considered"

On Fri, 27 July 2012, World Cafe will broadcast the interview with Joe Jackson (interviewed by David Dye), recorded on 17 May 2012 at the 12th Annual NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia, PA.
World Cafe can be heard on hundreds of National Public Radio (NPR) stations in the US.
You can listen to the show here

Furthermore, there will be an interview with Joe on All Things Considered over the coming weeks.

Joe on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

On Friday, 13 July 2012, Joe Jackson and the Bigger Band will perform on the NBC TV show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Future projects

Score for theatre piece "Stoker"

Joe has been scoring a theatre piece called "Stoker", based on the life of Bram Stoker, the author of the original "Dracula" novel (see Wikipedia entry). According to JJ's manager Mike Maska "it's a great script and the music is very cool." It is not clear yet where and when this will be staged.

One week of workshops (not open to the public) took place in New York City in February 2007 and more were planned for the autumn of 2007.

"Stoker" is being shopped to theatre companies all around the US and there is interest from several different ones. It might be staged sometime later in 2011.

(Sources: Joe's management, Joe's official website)

New live album

The live album recorded in Europe during the Tour 2010 is called Live Music and the track list is as follows:

1. Tomorrow's World    
2. Another World    
3. Still Alive    
4. Chinatown    
5. Sunday Papers    
6. Cancer    
7. Girl (Beatles cover)    
8. Inbetweenies (Ian Dury cover)    
9. Scary Monsters (David Bowie cover)    
10. Got The Time    
11. Steppin' Out    
12. A Slow Song    

The recordings were made in Brest and Alençon (France), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Basel (Switzerland), and Cologne and Berlin (Germany). The release date is 3 June 2011 for Europe and 7 June 2011 for the US.

Blue Note compilation "Joe's Choice"

Joe Jackson was asked by Blue Note Records in the Netherlands to select his favourite jazz tracks. He selected a double CD with tracks from his favourite Blue Note artists, Horace Silver and Art Blakey. See Joe's Choice for further details.

The double CD was released in the Netherlands on 27 April 2011. Releases in other countries (US, CA, DE, BE, JP) are planned.

The Joe Jackson Band on Facebook

There is now an official Facebook page of The Joe Jackson Band which includes a great 2010 Tour Diary written by Graham Maby (in the Notes section, accessible also without a Facebook account).
Please note: There are other Facebook pages using Joe's name and picture which are – as far as I know – not autorised by Joe Jackson, his band or his management.

Joe featured in Andrew Zuckerman's new book

Joe is among the 52 artists featured in Andrew Zuckerman's new book, entitled Music, published by Abrams Books on 15 October 2010. You can find more details on a special website for this book.

New live CD with BBC recordings

On 26 Jan 2009 a new live double CD entitled Joe Jackson At The BBC will be released in the UK. The source of these recordings are a BBC session from February 1979 and three concerts from 1980, 1982 and 1983. So far this seems to be a UK-only release.

Previous news

European tour 2010

Joe Jackson does a six-week tour in Europe between early October and mid November 2010.
For details see Tour 2010.

"Rain" interviews and reviews

New album "Rain" out in January 2008

Joe Jackson's forthcoming album will be entitled Rain and it will be released in Europe on 28 Jan 2008 (29 Jan 2008 in North America) on the Rykodisc label. Along with the CD containing ten new songs (see track listing) the release will include a bonus DVD directed and produced by Julie Gardner (the recording engineer who recorded the albums Volume 4 and Afterlife). With a running time of over 40 minutes, the DVD will feature recent live performance footage, behind-the-scenes footage and a rare television interview.

"We decided to let Julie Gardner, who we've worked with for years now," says Jackson, "to follow us around as we worked, playing a live show, rehearsing, and just talking about playing together and our long history together as band mates and just mates."

The DVD will consist of three live songs that Jackson performed at London's Islington Academy on 24 May 2007. The songs performed include "Invisible Man", "Wasted Time" and "Good Bad Boy", all of which appear on the forthcoming studio album.

Other DVD features include a rare interview on the German television show "Rockpalast", behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson with fellow band members Dave Houghton (drums) and Graham Maby (bass), footage of Jackson walking around Berlin, pointing out some of his favourite things about the city, plus footage of the band in the studio working on the new album.

The album was recorded in June 2007 in Berlin, Germany, at Planet Roc Studios. (The studios are located in the former broadcasting centre of East German Radio.)

(Source: press release)

Joe on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

On Wed, 14 May 2008, Joe Jackson will be the musical guest on the American late-night TV talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Check your local listings for broadcast times.
See: official website; Wikipedia entry

Joe Jackson touring US and Europe in the summer of 2006

Joe Jackson went on tour with two of his original band members (Graham Maby on bass and Dave Houghton on drums) as the Joe Jackson Trio this June in the US and in Europe in July. He was touring just for the fun of it; there is no new album to promote.
See list of tour dates.

Joe Jackson in "The Greatest Game Ever Played"

Joe Jackson has a brief credited on-screen appearance in the new film The Greatest Game Ever Played as a piano player in an East London pub.

The film, which premiered in the US on 30 September 2005, tells the true story of Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old amateur golf player from a working class family, who shocked the golf world when at the 1913 U.S. Open he battled his idol, the defending British champion Harry Vardon.

Joe Jackson & Todd Rundgren tour

Joe Jackson recently toured the US and Europe together with Todd Rundgren (April to July 2005). The string quartet Ethel was the opening act. See list of tour dates.

The concerts featured an opening set by Ethel, followed by a Joe Jackson solo set (just JJ and a piano) and a Todd Rundgren solo set (Todd on acoustic guitar or piano) plus a couple of songs played together by all in the encore section.

Female artists cover Joe Jackson songs

US label Skipping Discs released an album entitled Different For Girls made up entirely of Joe Jackson songs performed by women artists and female-fronted bands. Release date: 28 Sept 2004.

LINK: More info at the Skipping Discs website

CD with JJ reading from "A Cure for Gravity"

In 1993 Joe Jackson read from his autobiographical book A Cure for Gravity at Germany's literature festival "Göttinger Literaturherbst" (see this page for more info). Now a CD with a recording from this event has been released. Joe Jackson and the German musician Heinz Rudolf Kunze are reading a total of four chapters (two in English, two in German).

LINK: More info from the publisher

JJ sings on William Shatner album

The album "Has Been" by William Shatner and produced by Ben Folds, features Joe Jackson on vocals on the track "Common People", a cover of the Pulp song. See this page for more info.

LINK: "Has Been" Press Release

Bonus CD with "Afterlife (lim. ed.)" in Holland

In the Netherlands Afterlife has been released as a limited edition with a second CD. This has almost the complete Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall concert from May 2003. See these pages for track list and ordering information.

New song "In 20-0-3"

Joe wrote this song to send up Mayor Bloomberg and the New York smoking ban, but also to help those fighting to get the ban repealed and to prevent similar bans elsewhere. All proceeds from CD sales will go to activist groups FORCES, NYC C.L.A.S.H., and FOREST. This single can be ordered now from Joe’s website and will ship by 16 February. For ordering info see this page.

New live album in March 2004

The live album Afterlife from the reunited Joe Jackson Band's recent tour will be released by Ryko on 16 March. Orders placed through Joe's website, however, will be shipped by 16 February – one month before the CD will be available in stores.
The live recordings are from the concerts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego.

Lyric quote taken from "Sunday Papers" (version on Live album)

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