Although he is one of the founders of modern soul, Booker T Jones
only visited the North Sea Jazz Festival once before. In 1990 the now 69-year-old American entered the stage of the Congresgebouw in The Hague with his legendary instrumental funk band The M.G.’s for a spectacular show with highlights like the worldwide hits Time Is Tight
and of course Green Onions
. After that time Booker T composed, produced and arranged mostly for other artists like Ray Charles, Neil Young and Willie Nelson, until he stepped into the limelight again with a solo album in 2009. Last year Sound The Alarm
was released, the tenth album of the multiple Grammy winner, on which Mayer Hawthorne, Raphael Saadiq, Gary Clark Jr. and Anthony Hamilton collaborated. In Ahoy the multi-instrumentalist Jones will be the center of a steaming funky party, with the aid of bassist Melvin Brannon, drummer Darian Gray and guitarist Vernon Black.