Jake Clemons, who spent some time living in Virginia Beach and who more recently has been touring the world playing sax with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, seems to be ramping up his solo career.
Clemons is nephew of the late, great Clarence Clemons, the legendary sax player and Springsteen sidekick. Jake joined the E Street Band in 2012, after his uncle's death the previous year.
A story in the new edition of Rolling Stone mostly focuses on what it's been like for Jake Clemons to stand in for his uncle, as part of a five-member horn section. The article does make a passing mention of a new EP and a solo tour, though.
Jake Clemons' website doesn't shed more light on the new EP, but it does list live dates opening for Garland Jeffreys and Robert Randolph and The Family Band.
Here in Hampton Roads, we had a nice preview of Clemons' musical ambitions. In January 2012, Jake paid tribute to his uncle at a pair of concerts honoring him in Norfolk. Those shows also featured E Streeter Garry Tallent, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny and Bon Jovi guitarist Bobby Bandiera, among others. Why did that happen here? Clarence Clemons was a native of the Norfolk area.
Jake Clemon's bio on the Bruce Springsteen web page includes this bit of information:
"Growing up as the son of a Marine Corps band director, he attended the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts to study jazz performance and has since used those skills alongside a variety of artists ranging from The Israelites to The Swell Season. On tour with Bruce Springsteen, Jake can be seen playing tenor and baritone saxophone, backing vocals and percussion but is also skilled at the piano, flute, clarinet, bass, drums, and guitar with plans to learn more."