You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Tue, May 8, 2012 : 1:34 p.m.

Joe Jackson bringing Duke Ellington tribute to Michigan Theater this fall

By Bob Needham

Joe Jackson plans to release a Duke Ellington tribute album next month, and a tour in support of the album plans to stop at the Michigan Theater on Sept. 27.

The album features Jackson covering a number of tunes associated with the jazz great, including "Take the A Train," "Satin Doll" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing"). The album features several special guests, including the pride of Pittsfield Township, Iggy Pop, on the latter track.

Jazz violinist Regina Carter is featured on the album and will be part of the Jackson tour, according to the announcement from publicists Razor & Tie. The tour is being billed as "Joe Jackson and the Bigger Band."

Jackson was a regular figure on the pop charts in the late 1970s and early '80s with hits like "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and "Steppin' Out," but he's gone on to explore many musical styles including jazz and classical.

Ticket on sale information for the tour has not yet been announced, and the local date is not yet listed on Ticketmaster nor the Michigan Theater website. Watch for more information.

Listen to a sample of the new album here.