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 12th: Today on Radio 2
Jools Holland and José Feliciano performed live in the Radio 2 Piano Room this morning. Click here to see their version of Light My Fire on the BBC iPlayer. You can purchase their new album, As You See Me Now, here.

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.

November 24th: When The Saints Go Marching In
Take a look at the extraordinary stop motion animation (above, right) made by the brilliant young filmmaker Allegra Pilkinton for When The Saints Go Marching In by Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. It is currently shown on the tour.

November 16th: More Jools & José on Radio & TV
Today, Jools and José were be interviewed together on BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright in the Afternoon.

On Saturday 18th November, Jools & José will be on the couch for BBC Breakfast on the BBC One TV channel, between 09.15am and 10.00am.

Meanwhile, on Sunday 26th November, Jools & José AND the full Rhythm & Blues Orchestra including Ruby Turner, will be performing Hit The Road Jack towards the end of The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, which starts at 9.00am.

Yesterday's live appearance on BBC One's The One Show featured Jools, José and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra performing live on the piazza outside BBC Broadcasting House, playing Midnight Special.

BBC TV 'The One Show': (L to R) Michael Ball, Jose Feliciano, Bear Grylls, Sara Pascoe, Alex Jones, Jools Holland.

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 7th: Later... with Jools Holland 25 at the Royal Albert Hall
More tickets will be released at 9.00am on Friday 8th September


Jools Holland brings his iconic music television show to the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate 25 years, 50 series, and over 360 programmes on BBC Two and the line-up has finally been revealed. The show will feature ten artists, old friends of the show and some new ones – Foo Fighters, Paul Weller, Van Morrison, Dizzee Rascal, Gregory Porter, Kali Uchis, Camille, Songhoy Blues, and Jorga Smith.

See the Later... experience as normally enjoyed only by a few in the television studio, now laid bare in the bowl of the Royal Albert Hall. For one night only, this magical musical mystery tour, with a special line-up, will celebrate Later... with Jools Holland's commitment to all manner of musicians, and music that matters!

Please note that this performance will be filmed for broadcast. The Later 25 show will broadcast on Saturday 23rd September on BBC Two.

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

July 3rd: BBC PROMS, The Sound of Soul: Stax Records, Friday 1st September, 10.15pm – Royal Albert Hall, London
Broadcast at 10.15pm on Friday 1st September on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four
Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Friday 15th September at 8.00pm


The BBC Proms has today announced that Stax legends Booker T. Jones and Sam Moore will appear alongside Sir Tom Jones, a long-time fan and interpreter of the Stax songbook, Beverley Knight, James Morrison, and Ruby Turner at this year's festival, as part of a star studded line-up for the Late Night Prom, The Sound of Soul: Stax Records (Friday 1st September). Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stax/Volt Revue's first tour of the UK, Booker T. Jones and Sam Moore, both of whom were part of the 1967 tour, will join previously announced Stax artists William Bell, Steve Cropper, and Eddie Floyd in a concert underpinned by Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Please click here for the full press release.

Jools Holland says: "Over the years on my TV shows it's always been a personal joy and honour to welcome some of the great artists who started with Stax. Now I'm over the moon because the visionary bigwigs at the BBC have seen fit to give us a Prom at the Royal Albert Hall celebrating Stax music. I have invited British greats Sir Tom Jones, Beverley Knight, James Morrison, and Ruby Turner to join me and my Orchestra and most importantly some of the legendary surviving Stax artists who are old friends. Please join us on the BBC for an evening of some of the greatest music to have made it out of Memphis".

As for every Prom, around 1,000 Promming (standing) tickets will be made available on the day of the concert, priced just £6, and available to buy in person from the Royal Albert Hall (with a limited number available online between 9.00am and 12.00pm. Advance tickets are sold out (returns only). The concert will be broadcast at 10.15pm on Friday 1st September on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four and on BBC Radio 2 on Friday 15th September at 8.00pm.

May 26th: Later... at the RAH
As the 50th series of Later... with Jools Holland winds down, we are delighted to announce that Jools is taking the show to the Royal Albert Hall this September to celebrate 25 years of 'Later'.

"It's fantastic that we're going to celebrate 25 years of making this show with a special one-off event, where all of the workings of the Later experience will be transported into the Royal Albert Hall," says Jools.

The Later 25 show will be broadcast in September on BBC Two.

February 3rd: Jools Holland 2017 Autumn/Winter Tour – Tickets on General Sale
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST: ICONIC LATIN MUSICIAN JOSÉ FELICIANO
Ticket + album (CD) bundle available through Ticketmaster.

Jose Feliciano   Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are announcing their 2017 Autumn/Winter UK Tour, this time accompanied by Grammy Award winner José Feliciano, one of the most prominent stars in Latin America and revered musicians in the world.

The 33 live shows will kick off in Southend on Thursday 26th October and finish at Leeds' First Direct Arena on Friday 22nd December. Highlights include two dates at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall on Friday 24th November and Saturday 25th November.

José Feliciano has worked with the likes of John Lennon and Joni Mitchell in the past and his catalogue of international hits include his covers of The Doors' Light My Fire, the Bee Gees' And The Sun Will Shine, and the much-loved Christmas classic Feliz Navidad. Jools and José will also be soon recording an album together with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. This is scheduled to be released on Friday 27th October. You can pre-order the CD at the same time as the tickets here. Tickets are priced from £40.00 (+ booking fee), with the Royal Albert Hall dates from £19.50 (+ booking fee) and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or on 0844 844 0444.

Jools Holland says of José Feliciano:
"A man whose voice and guitar I've idolised all my life. A unique innovator whom I am immensely looking forward to working with."

José Feliciano to Jools Holland:
"My gosh! Jools Holland is an icon who's played a major role in the life of contemporary music throughout the United Kingdom and way beyond. He continues to do so and for that I admire him greatly. Don't ever deny us of your magic, Jools; it's an honour to be working (playing!) with you."

January 12th: Jools at EBBA 2017
The winners of the 2017 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), the European music awards for emerging artists, were honoured last night at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in the Dutch city of Groningen, in a ceremony hosted by Jools Holland.

Dua Lipa, a singer-songwriter from London, came out as the big winner of the evening, taking away the Public Choice Award by an overwhelming number of online voters.

Above: Public Choice Award winner Dua Lipa.
Photo: Ben Houdijk.

The EBBA show also featured outstanding performances by all 2017 winners: Alan Walker; Jaakko Eino Kalevi; Namika; Hinds; Filous; Jain; Dua Lipa; Natalie La Rose; and Walking on Cars. Also, an EBBA was awarded to Era Istrefi.

In the upcoming year the EBBA TV show will be broadcasted by several European public channels. Parts of the show can be watched through the YouTube channel of EBBA here.

The EBBA are funded under the European Union's (EU) Creative Europe programme. View more photos from last night's event here.

RADIO & TV
Radio 2 Piano Room (12/12/17)
Radio 2 Show (11/12/17)
Radio 2 Show (04/12/17)
Radio 2 Show (27/11/17)
Radio 2 Show (20/11/17)
The Andrew Marr Show (19/11/17)
Glastonbury Festival (24/06/17)

PRESS
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)
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East Anglian Daily Times (01/11/17)
Clash Magazine (23/09/17)
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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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