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Rickie Lee Jones at Jazz Alley Nov. 8-9

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Oct. 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm with No Comments »
October 20, 2011 5:14 pm

Tacoma’s own Rickie Lee Jones will play Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Nov 8-9.

The sometimes Tacoma, sometimes Lacey resident (maybe that’s our Pantages in “Chuck E.’s in Love”) will be joined by band members Reggine McBride (bass), Johnny Friday (drums) and Carlos Murguia (keys). Set time Tuesday and Wednesday is at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

From the press release:

From the moment she first appeared in front of us on Saturday Night Live in 1979, Rickie Lee Jones has challenged her listeners and with an absorbing musical vision that defies border and classification. She rocked the culture of singer-song writerdom with her refusal to conform to the stayed and careful eloquence of the folk rock generation that came before her. Neither punk nor pop, she tottered on a thread of her own devise, jazz – the old musical kind, and R&B – the Motown thread that permeates her work. Her sense of humor, musical dexterity and song craft is evident on her exquisite new album Balm in Gilead.

Jones, who’s joined on the record by Ben Harper, Jon Brion, Vic Chesnutt, Bill Frisell, Victoria Williams and Alison Krauss among otherhighly talented friends, has again captured her generation’s common experience. “This record was made for people my age.” says Jones, a single mother living in California. “Neither young, nor old – we fall in between. We love all sorts of music, we’ve experienced life. I’m getting along and I pay my rent. I think my life is like everybody else’s, and I was thinking about the audience, not just myself, as I wrote it. We’re older now. And it’s not all about me, or all about us. It’s about our kids, and our parents who are dying, and the things that are relevant to us at this age. I really wanted to talk to us. To my generation, music is the balm that keeps us going.” The album’s title emanates from an Old Testament passage from the book of Jeremiah that was adapted for an African-American spiritual with the line that promises “there is a balm in Gilead that makes the wounded whole.” Jones reflecting on the new album says “We all share much more than anything that separates us.”

Rickie Lee Jones, released by Warner Bros. in March 1979, had an immediate and profound impact in the music world and the culture at large ultimately becoming a multi-million selling hit. Following her now infamous debut television appearance on SNL, a successful world tour and the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, Jones secured five Grammy Award nominations (Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, Song of the Year (“Chuck E.’s in Love”), and Best New Artist, which she won at the January 1980 ceremony.

At 54, Jones remains a unique artist of undeniable influence on singers and songwriters today. She has worked with artists as diverse as Walter Becker and Mike Watt and all points between. She writes albums, not songs, a rare art indeed. Celebrating her 30th anniversary making music, Balm in Gilead promises to be one of the top recordings of the year.

Rickie Lee Jones
Where: Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
Tickets: $35.00 (includes $4.50 handling fee) by phoning Jazz Alley at 206-441-9729 or contacting TicketMaster at 206-628-0888.

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