January 31st: Jools Holland in New York
Whilst in New York for the shows at the Blue Note, Jools, Ruby and Mabel popped into The Wendy Williams Show. Click here to watch.

January 30th: Autumn/Winter Tour 2018 – Dates

Above: Jools Holland and Marc Almond by Andre Csillag.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are announcing their annual musical excursion around the UK and Ireland for 2018. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 2nd February at 10.00am and can be bought from the venues' box offices (for details, click here), Ticketmaster Tel: 0844 844 0444, See Tickets, and Ticketline. There will also be UK venue pre-sales on Wednesday 31st January and a Ticketmaster pre-sale on Thursday 1st February, with both of these pre-sales starting at 10.00am.

For more information on the Irish concerts, please click here.

Marc Almond will be accompanying Jools for the 2018 Autumn/Winter UK tour as a special guest, with the exception of Saturday 1st December at the Royal Albert Hall where Chris Difford and Pauline Black & Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson of The Selecter will join Jools and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on stage instead.

In his 36-year career, Marc has sold over 30 million records worldwide with his list of hit songs including Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Touch and, of course, Tainted Love. Marc has also collaborated with the likes of Gene Pitney, Tony Visconti, and Burt Bacharach, as well as Jools who Marc previously toured with in 2014. He was awarded an OBE this year for his services to arts and culture.

January 23rd: Jools talks Blues, Boogie-Woogie and Blue Note
In preparation for his U.S. shows, Jools Holland chats to Jon Regen of Keyboard Magazine (USA). To read the full interview, click here.

January 18th: Jools at the Blue Note
Jools chats to WBAB Radio in New York about his upcoming dates at the Blue Note. For more information and tickets, click here.

January 16th: European Border Breakers Awards 2018
Jools Holland will be hosting the 15th EBBA ceremony, which takes place tomorrow – Wednesday 17th January – in Groningen, Netherlands. The event will be recorded and broadcast on public TV stations throughout Europe and can be seen live from 7.15pm (CET) on the EBBA Website, here.

The European music prize, dedicated to up-and-coming acts, this year goes to Alice Merton (Germany), Alma (Finland), Blanche (Belgium), Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria), Off Bloom (Denmark), Salvador Sobral (Portugal), Sigrid (Norway), Skott (Sweden), The Blaze (France), and Youngr (UK), who will all feature in the show.

In addition, the winner of the Public Choice Award will be revealed. This award will be presented to the act that has received the most (online) votes from the general public.

ABOUT THE EBBA
Every year, 10 European artists receive an EBBA to recognise their success in countries other than their own. This success is measured by: airplay; sales; live performances in Europe; and position in the European Border Breakers Charts.

The EBBA is an EU Prize, organised by Eurosonic Noorderslag in partnership with the European Commission (Creative Europe) and the European Broadcasting Union, with support from Buma Cultuur, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen, the City of Groningen, and Music Week. For more information, click here.

January 9th: Eric Clapton – Special UK Screening of Life in 12 Bars
Jools Holland will host a rare Q&A with Eric Clapton and Academy Award-winning director Lili Fini Zanuck, following the UK and Irish premiere of ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS, a moving, revealing and surprising film about one of the greatest artists of the modern era.

This special event will be broadcast LIVE via satellite from the BFI Southbank to over 250 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Wednesday 10th January 2018 from 7.00pm. To find the nearest cinema and book tickets visit claptontickets.film.

The film will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on Friday 12th January (CERT: 15; RUNNING TIME: 134 mins).

December 14th: Festive Felicitations
José's festive favourite Feliz Navidad (shown on the right) is given a new ska makeover with the help of Jools and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, for their new album As You See Me Now. Merry Christmas everyone! Click here to buy the album.

December 4th: Four Nights, Eight Shows in February 2018



Jools Holland will perform live in New York City, his first U.S. performance in over fifteen years, at the legendary Blue Note.

As leader of the exuberant 19-piece Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, who continue to entertain audiences across the UK and Europe with their live performances, he'll now present Piano, Vocals and Drum Frenzy at the Blue Note as the orchestra in its original form . . . piano, drums and vocals.

This more intimate performance will feature drummer extraordinaire and co-founding member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Gilson Lavis, with vocalists Ruby Turner, Mabel Ray and Louise Marshall. Tickets are on sale now via the Tour Dates page.

September 18th: New album 'As You See Me Now' from Jools Holland and José Feliciano

As You See Me Now   Jools Holland announces a collaborative album with Latin legendary musician José Feliciano on the Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast show.

As You See Me Now will be released on Friday 17th November through East West Records and will be available on CD, vinyl and digital formats. You can order the CD by clicking here and the vinyl here.

Digital pre-orders will be accessible from Tuesday 19th September, when the Instant Grat Let's Find Each Other Tonight will also be available on all download and streaming services.

For more information on the new album, please click here for the press release.

September 5th: BBC PROMS, The Sound of Soul: Stax Records
Click here for some great photos from this incredible event.

RADIO & TV
The Wendy Williams Show (30/01/18)
Keyboard Magazine (USA) (22/01/18)
WDHA Radio (14/01/18)
WBAB Radio (13/01/18)
Radio 2 Piano Room (12/12/17)
Glastonbury Festival (24/06/17)

PRESS
Relix (05/02/18)
BrooklynVegan (05/02/18)
Page Six (03/02/18)
Brighton & Hove News (17/12/17)
Daily Mail (15/12/17)
Express & Star (14/12/17)
Birmingham Mail (14/12/17)
The Sunday Post (03/12/17)
The Times (27/11/17)
The Mancunion (27/11/17)
Metro (27/11/17)
The Upcoming (26/11/17)
iNews (26/11/17)
The Arts Desk (25/11/17)
The Guardian Webchat (21/11/17)
NME (20/11/17)
MOJO (20/11/17)
The Yorkshire Post (17/11/17)
Nottingham Post (17/11/17)
The Times Online (16/11/17)
iNews (16/11/17)
Yahoo! (15/11/17)
The Sun (15/11/17)
The Yorkshire Post (07/11/17)
York Press (06/11/17)
East Anglian Daily Times (01/11/17)
Clash Magazine (23/09/17)
The Telegraph (02/09/17)
Eastern Daily Press (29/07/17)
The Scotsman (25/07/17)
Nottingham Post (15/06/17)
The Herald (21/05/17)
Mail Online (05/05/17)
The Wharf (27/04/17)
Music Week (13/02/17)
 
 
 
 

14 tracks featuring Jools and José singing, individually and together, backed up by their unique boogie-woogie piano and Latin Jazz guitar stylings.

The album includes versions of songs from a wide range of artists such as Stevie Wonder (Treat Myself), Lead Belly (Midnight Special) and Percy Mayfield's timeless soul classic, Hit The Road Jack. Also included are international hits from José Feliciano including Let's Find Each Other Tonight and One More Drink. Many of the tracks on the album feature Jools' renowned Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, who feature large on the completely new ska makeover of José's festive favourite Feliz Navidad.

Currently to be heard on radio is the title track As You See Me Now, written by Jools himself and sung by José, while other highlights include the Django Reinhardt-influenced Honeysuckle Rose and a duet with Rita Wilson called You're So Cold, written by Rita and Jools while they were in the Antarctic last year.

Extracts of songs on the album can be heard below.

1. As You See Me Now PLAY HERE
2. Treat Myself PLAY HERE
3. Just To Be Home With You PLAY HERE
4. Honeysuckle Rose PLAY HERE
5. One More Drink PLAY HERE
6. Midnight Special PLAY HERE
7. Hit The Road Jack (featuring Ruby Turner) PLAY HERE
8. In My Life PLAY HERE
9. Let's Find Each Other Tonight PLAY HERE
10. You're So Cold (featuring Rita Wilson) PLAY HERE
11. Baby Can I Hold You PLAY HERE
12. Believe Me When I Tell You PLAY HERE
13. Feliz Navidad PLAY HERE
14. Happy New Year PLAY HERE
 
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