Booker T. Jones
Friday, February 5
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“… potently insistent gospel-soul…” – Los Angeles Times
From his work with his legendary band The MGs, to producing classic albums such as Willie Nelson’s Stardust, to leading the Stax Records house band, to touring with Neil Young, Booker T. Jones has done it all. The legendary organist, songwriter and producer is perhaps best known for the million-selling instrumental, “Green Onions.” A recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Jones is one of the defining contributors to the classic “Stax” soul sounds we know and love. A master organist, Jones continues to be a trailblazer as he melds his trademark sound with a contemporary and rocking groove, showcased on his latest album Sound The Alarm.
The early career of Booker T. Jones is quite storied and well documented, from the MGs hits, to their contributions as songwriters and as the studio band on classic recordings such as Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.” Jones and his band were undoubtedly one of the pillars that constructed the classic soul and R&B sounds of the 1960s, which has led to inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Musicians Hall of Fame.
Jones’ solo career has taken a bold step in the past ten years with 2010’s Potato Hole, his collaboration with southern rock band The Drive-By Truckers (which won the Best Pop Instrumental Album Grammy). That album was followed by 2012’s The Road From Memphis, which was recorded with The Roots and paid homage to the city that birthed his career.
Sound The Alarm is another strong step in Jones’ solo discography, and features collaborations with Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Gary Clarke Jr., Vintage Trouble and others. The album is also significant as it marks Jones’ return to Stax Records, which was founded out of McLemore Avenue’s Satellite Record Shop when he was a teenager and budding music enthusiast. “I found the music that I loved for the rest of my life at Satellite Records,” recalls Jones. “I walked into the lobby of the Capitol Theatre, and it had been transformed into a record store, and there was Steve Cropper playing records…that legacy is my heart and my life. That’s where I come from.”
Booker T. Jones
DATE: Friday, February 5, 2016
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $30/Adv $35/Door, No comp tix
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227