Bruce Springsteen taps Clarence Clemons' nephew, Jake Clemons, as saxophonist

ASBURY PARK, NJ - JANUARY 14: Singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen performs during the 2012 Light of Day Concert Series "New Jersey" at the Paramount Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Bruce Springsteen performs at the Paramount Theatre on Jan. 14, 2012, in Asbury Park, N.J.
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(CBS) It's not the Big Man, but it is close. Bruce Springsteen has tapped Jake Clemons - the nephew of late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons - to join the upcoming "Wrecking Ball" tour.

He will perform with a horn section that includes trombonist Clark Gayton, saxophonist Eddie Manion, trumpeters Curt Ramm and Barry Danielia, along with back-up singers Cindy Mizelle and Curtis King.

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That's on top of the E Street Band, which features Roy Bittan - piano, synthesizer; Nils Lofgren - guitar, vocals; Patti Scialfa - guitar, vocals; Garry Tallent - bass guitar; Stevie Van Zandt - guitar, vocals; and Max Weinberg - drums; with Soozie Tyrell - violin, guitar, vocals and Charlie Giordano - keyboards.

Jake is no stranger to performing. He's played with the E Street Band before, and has shared the stage with the Swell Season and singer-songwriter Nancy Atlas. In 1992, he performed beside Clarence at Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration. They remained close until Clarence died after suffering a stroke last June.

After Clarence's death, Jake wrote on his blog, "People have been saying to me 'It's up to you now', 'You carry the torch', 'You are the legacy'. But this job is not one to be fulfilled by any single person; Clarence was more than a saxophone player, he was an ambassador with a mission to spread Love and Joy to the world. It's up to all of us now. We must all carry the torch. We must all be His Legacy."

Springsteen & the E Street Band will start things off this weekend with a performance at the Grammy Awards. That will be followed by a tour beginning with a special performance March 9 at New York's Apollo Theater. Springsteen's new album, "Wrecking Ball," comes out three days earlier.

Watch Jake perform the sax solo of "Jungleland" with Springsteen: