Fifteen years ago VHI ranked Rickie Lee Jones number 30 on its top 100 female rockers list. It’s kind of funny really, because rock is a small fraction of Jones' musical world these days. Starting out singing around Los Angeles, Jones’ big breakthrough was the mellow, jazz-infused “Chuck E’s in Love.” The song showcased her languid singing style as much as her ever-present beret cemented her bohemian appeal. At the pinnacle of her career, with a handful of successful albums all forging slightly divergent styles, Jones released a surprising album of jazz standards. The experimental urge never wavered, including forays into electronica, blues, Rhythm & Blues, and country. These ideas form her concert backbone today, a rich smattering of works -- interspersed with witty stories -- from throughout her career.
Jones performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard. Tickets are $42.50 to $57.50. Visit www.themim.org or call 480-478-6000.