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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes Of September

March 15 broadcast was cancelled - new date & time TBA

Above: Rock ‘n’ roll royalty Boz Scaggs (pictured), Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald join forces to form a super-group, The Dukes of September, delighting audiences with high-octane new performances of their greatest hits, along with other chart-topping favorites from the 60s and 70s.

Rock and roll royalty Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs join forces as their own new super group, The Dukes of September, paying tribute to the R&B and soul music that inspired them along with fresh, exciting performances of some of their greatest hits. The concert, taped at New York’s Lincoln Center, will air in March 2014 on GREAT PERFORMANCES on PBS. Among the many crowd-pleasing favorites are “What a Fool Believes,” “Lowdown,” “Lido Shuffle,” “Pretzel Logic,” “Reelin’ in the Years” and many more.

Courtesy of Joseph Sinnott

Rock ‘n’ roll royalty Donald Fagen (pictured), Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs join forces to form a super-group, The Dukes of September, delighting audiences with high-octane new performances of their greatest hits, along with other chart-topping favorites from the 60s and 70s.

Courtesy of Joseph Sinnott

Rock ‘n’ roll royalty Michael McDonald (pictured), Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs join forces to form a super-group, The Dukes of September, delighting audiences with high-octane new performances of their greatest hits, along with other chart-topping favorites from the 60s and 70s.

Courtesy of Joseph Sinnott

Rock ‘n’ roll royalty Boz Scaggs (pictured), Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald join forces to form a super-group, The Dukes of September, delighting audiences with high-octane new performances of their greatest hits, along with other chart-topping favorites from the 60s and 70s.

The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, formed in 2010, is a resurrection of their previous New York Rock and Soul Revue. They play a combination of hits from the members’ respective careers as well as a number of classic R&B and soul covers.

Donald Jay Fagen, musician and songwriter, was the co-founder (along with Walter Becker) and lead singer of the jazz/rock band Steely Dan. After the breakup of Steely Dan in 1981, he launched a long-running solo career in 1982, with four albums to date. In 1993, Fagen and Becker reunited as Steely Dan. Their first comeback album, “Two Against Nature,” won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2001.

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald is renowned for his soulful baritone. He began his career singing back-up vocals with Steely Dan. He was a member of the Doobie Brothers from 1976 to 1982, a period that resulted in several hit songs for the band, after which he began an illustrious solo career.

William Royce “Boz” Scaggs, singer, songwriter and guitarist, gained fame in the 1970s with the album “Silk Degrees,” which earned him a Grammy for R&B Song of the Year, “Lowdown.” He records in various genres, including blues, R&B, pop and jazz. Scaggs continues to write, record music and tour.

During the early 1990s, the three front men worked together in the Libby Titus-produced New York Rock and Soul Revue which, during its short life, included Phoebe Snow, Chuck Jackson, Eddie and David Brigati of the Rascals, Charles Brown, Walter Becker, Cornelius Bumpus and Mindy Jostyn.

In 2010 it was announced that Fagen, McDonald and Scaggs would do a fall tour together as the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, the name harking back to 1950s doo-wop bands with aristocratic names. The current lineup is rounded out by Jon Herington (guitar), Freddie Washington (bass), Shannon Forrest (drums), Jim Beard (organ), Jay Collins (horns), Michael Leonhart (horns), Walt Weiskopf (horns), Carolyn Leonhart (vocals) and Monet Owens (vocals).

This ensemble has been thrilling audiences and wowing critics across the country. The three principals, taking turns on lead vocals, are always on stage as part of the band. In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Fagen says that the idea behind the group “…was to play music that we all liked when we were kids — music that made us want to become musicians in the first place.”

The song list includes: "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul," "Who’s That Lady," "I Keep Forgettin’," "Kid Charlemagne," "Lowdown," "Peg," "What a Fool Believes," "Miss Sun," "Reelin’ in The Years," "Hey Nineteen," "The Same Thing," "Takin’ It to the Streets," "Sweet Soul Music," "Lido Shuffle" and "Pretzel Logic."

Directed for television by David Horn, "Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes Of September" was produced by Mitch Owgang; John Beug and David Horn are executive producers. For GREAT PERFORMANCES, Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

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Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes Of September Trailer

Above: Rock & roll royalty Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs join forces as their own new super group The Dukes of September, paying tribute to the R&B and soul music that inspired them along with fresh, exciting performances of some of their greatest hits. The concert, taped at New York’s Lincoln Center, will air in March 2014 on GREAT PERFORMANCES on PBS.

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Michael McDonald Live: "I Keep Forgettin'"

Above: Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” (1982), is a hit from his debut solo album If That’s What It Takes, released the same year The Doobie Brothers disbanded. Joining him on stage in this concert performance is Donald Fagan (piano) and Boz Scaggs (guitar).

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Donald Fagen Live: "Kid Charlemagne"

Above: Steely Dan combined rock, jazz and funk in “Kid Charlemagne,” a single off the band’s 1976 album, "The Royal Scam." Written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, the song alludes to figures in the drug culture of 1960s San Francisco. Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald accompany Donald Fagen in a live performance of “Kid Charlemagne” during a Dukes of September concert.

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Boz Scaggs Live: "Lowdown"

Above: Boz Scagg’s smooth “Lowdown” off his 1976 album, "Silk Degrees," was Scagg’s first major hit and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. “Lowdown” was an unexpected success for Scaggs, who co-wrote the song with David Paich (who later helped form the band Toto). Scagg’s voice is as mellow and smooth as ever in this Dukes of September concert.