Joe the musician

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

With the 1979 release of his major-label debut Look Sharp!, Joe Jackson became the third member of a trio of acid-tongued, musically ambitious singer-songwriters breaking out of British punk, along with Elvis Costello and Graham Parker. While none were content within new-wave limitations, Jackson was the first to jump genre, paying tribute to swing and blues by 1981's Jumpin' Jive. Despite the momentary reminder of snottier, poppier days in "King Pleasure Time," Jackson's latest disc Rain mostly reflects the artist's 25-year relationship with listener-friendly jazz. His show at the Southern should do the same.