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The Dukes of September formed in 2010 by Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs. The members were formally part of the New York Rock and Soul Revue that went from 1989 to 1993 and released the popular album, New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon.

Donald Fagen is a musician/song-writer who was a lead member of the band, Steely Dan. He is best known for creating jazz/blues sound and plays a number of instruments, ranging from the piano, to the keyboard, and the saxophone. In addition to his work with Steely Dan, who broke up in 1981, Fagen has had a successful solo career. His debut solo album was called The Nightfly and was released in 1982, and charted at #11 on the US Billboard 200. His sophomore release, Kamakiriad, came in 1993 and charted at #10. Fagen released a third album, Morph the Cat, in 2006, but only reached #26 on the charts. He has a new album coming out this year with details still pending.

Michael McDonald is a five-time Grammy Award winning singer/song-writer baritone. He plays the piano, keyboard, and guitar, along with his vocals and is known for his blues sound. He sang back-up for Steely Dan to start his career, but joined the Doobie Brothers in 1976 until 1981. McDonald has released eight studio albums and eight compilation albums in his successful solo career. His debut album, If That’s What It Takes, came in 1982 and was his highest charting album in the US at #6. Though he released a number of albums in the eighties and nineties, McDonald didn’t have high-charting success again until the 2000s. His latest album, Soul Speak, was released in 2008 and charted at #12.

Boz Scaggs is a singer/song-writer/guitarist who plays soul, jazz, soft rock, and the blues. He was a member of the Steve Miller Band in 1968 and released two albums with them, but his debut solo album, Boz, came in 1965. Through the 1960s to the 2000s, Scaggs has had 20 studio albums. His highest charting album, Silk Degrees, was released in 1976 and charted at #2. His latest album, Speak Low, came in 2008 and charted at #128. Scaggs most famous single is “Lowdown,” coming off Silk Degrees and having charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at #3.

Fagen and McDonald have worked together since the 1970s, and along with other musicians, worked in the Revue into the 1990s. 2010 marked a rejoining for the pair and Scaggs, when they announced a new tour called the Dukes of September. Members who they collaborate with include, Jon Herington on guitar, Freddie Washington on bass, Michael White on drums, Jim Beard on organ, Jay Collins, Michael Leonhart, and Walt Weiskopf on horns, and Carolyn Escoffery and Catherine Russell singing background vocals.