Garland Jeffreys returns for his third annual New Year's Eve at Joe's Pub!
A Brooklyn native “who could fairly be called the quintessential New York City musician” (East Hampton Star), “a confessional singer-songwriter” (New York Times) and “an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion” (The New Yorker), Garland Jeffreys is currently wrapping up his third album in five years and starring in a career spanning documentary.
Starting out in Greenwich Village clubs in the mid Sixties, Jeffreys first recorded in 1969. He continued honing his craft over a number of albums and in 1980 the song “Matador” hit # 1 in numerous European countries and remains a radio staple there today. In 1981 he broke though to American audiences with Escape Artist and in 1992 released the searingDon’t Call Me Buckwheat, his reflections on being multi-racial in America.
Jeffreys has long held the respect of his peers and the breadth of contributors to his albums and performances reflect that respect, as well as an ahead of his time penchant for musical genre-bending: Dr. John, The E Street Band, John Cale, Larry Campbell, The Rumour, James Taylor, Luther Van Dross, Phoebe Snow, David Sanborn, Sly & Robbie, Sonny Rollins, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Lou Reed, among many more. It's a testament to both the broad appeal and durability of Jeffreys' music that his work has been covered by hardcore punk legends The Circle Jerks (whose version of “Wild in the Streets” is a skater anthem), psych-folkies Vetiver and jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker. His songs have been used in numerous TV shows and commercials and “Wild in the Streets” is featured in the Baz Luhrmann-helmed Netflix original The Get Down.
A 2016 Long Island Hall of Fame inductee, a NY Blues Hall of Famer, recipient of the prestigious Schallplattenkritik Prize in Germany and the Tenco and Premio Prizes in Italy, performing in Wim Wenders' The Soul of a Man, appearing at world-class festivals such as Byron Bay Blues, Montreux Jazz, Ottawa Folk and Fuji Rock, and at venues from Alaska to Japan, almost fifty years into his storied career Garland Jeffreys has no intention of slowing down.