Booker T. Jones to perform at Fort Lewis

Legendary performer Booker T. Jones takes the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

Perhaps best known for the million-selling instrumental “Green Onions,” recorded by Booker T. and the MGs, Booker T. Jones is now touring with a new band, showcasing his impressive vocals with songs that make up the soundtrack of his life.

Booker T.’s intriguing blend of R&B and pop sounds has its roots in the clubs and studios of Memphis in the late ’50s and ’60s. The son of a high school math teacher and a school secretary, Booker T. Jones was sneaking into Memphis clubs to perform music by the time he was 14. Jones began working sessions at Stax Records in 1960 at age 16.

With guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Lewie Steinberg, and the late Al Jackson Jr. on drums, Jones formed the MG’s (an acronym for

“Memphis Group,” or for the sports car, depending on who’s telling the story). The group helped create the famed Memphis/Stax sound, performing on recordings with Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, The Staple Singers, Albert King and Rufus Thomas, among many others. As solo artists, beyond “Green Onions,” hits included “Time Is Tight,” “Hip Hug Her” and “Hang ‘em High.”

Since 1993, Jones has been presented with three Bammie Awards for outstanding keyboardist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has scored films including Jules Dassin’s Uptight, John Cassavetes’ Opening Night, and Castle Rock Entertainment’s Little Big League. He has also contributed music to films such as Barfly, Get Shorty, White Men Can’t Jump, and American Graffiti.

Today, Jones’ live performances feature a treasure chest of favorite blues, R&B, and MGs material, along with an array of new material. Live on stage, Jones shares the stories and songs that have had the greatest impact on his life. Listen to song samples and view performance clips at http://www.myspace.com/bookertjones.

Tickets for Booker T. Jones — $25 for Balcony and Orchestra and $32 for Plaza — are available on the Web at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 247-7657. Or visit the Ticketing Services Offices in Downtown Durango at 7th and Main Avenue. All sales final.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6:30 p.m.

The Community Concert Hall is located in the growing arts complex of Fort Lewis College. It operates through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, as well as the city of Durango, and with financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.