Friday June 24, 2022 08:00 PM EDT
CL Critic Hal Horowitz Recommends: Dubbed the “Sing, You Sinners” tour for no discernible reason, the once new wave, angry young man turned sophisticated elder statesman Jackson returns with the same tight three piece he had last time through town. Advance promotion promises solo and full band sets of music that covers his long career. — HH
From the venue:In his 1999 memoir A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage, Joe Jackson writes approvingly of George Gershwin as a musician who kept one foot in the popular realm and one in the classical realm of music. Like Gershwin, Jackson possesses a restless musical imagination that has found him straddling musical genres unapologetically, disinclined to pick one style and stick to it. Is he the Joe Jackson who emerged in 1979 as a new wave singer/songwriter derisively asking, “Is She Really Going Out with Him?” The reggae-influenced Joe Jackson of 1980’s Beat Crazy? The jump blues revivalist of 1981’s Jumpin’ Jive? The New York salsa-styled singer of 1982’s “Steppin’ Out”? The R&B/jazz-inflected Jackson of 1984’s Body & Soul? Or is he David Ian Jackson, L.R.A.M. (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music), who composes and conducts instrumental albums of contemporary classical music such as 1987’s Will Power and 1999’s Grammy-winning Symphony No. 1? He is all of these and more.