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February 15: European Dates Update

Jools Holland has started preparations and rehearsals for the forthcoming European dates. You will be treated to a rather exclusive and intimate show: Jools will be accompanied by the wonderful Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Mabel Ray on vocals and George Latham on drums.

February 2017    
Saturday 25th Eindhoven Muziekgebouw
Sunday 26th Utrecht Cloud Nine, TivoliVredenburg
Monday 27th Groningen De Oosterpoort
     
March 2017    
Wednesday 1st Hamburg Fabrik
Thursday 2nd Leverkusen Scala Club
Friday 3rd Tübingen Sudhaus
Monday 6th Vienna Metropol
Tuesday 7th Gleisdorf Forum Kloster
Wednesday 8th Bad Schallerbach Atrium
Friday 10th Rubigen (near Bern) Mühle Hunziken
Saturday 11th Schaffhausen Kammgarn
Sunday 12th Zürich Moods Jazz Club
     
Friday 17th Amsterdam Paradiso
Saturday 18th Brussels Ancienne Belgique

The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be joining them for the shows on Friday 17th March at the Paradiso in Amsterdam and Saturday 18th March at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. For more information and tickets click here.

January 31st: Jools Holland 2017 Autumn/Winter Tour – Tickets on General Sale on Friday 3rd February at 10.00am

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 will be 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.

December 31st: Join Jools tonight
Airing at 11.20pm on BBC Two, Jools' Annual Hootenanny will feature Chaka Khan, Christine and the Queens, Roy Wood, Rag'n'Bone Man, Gregory Porter, ABC, Seasick Steve, Dr. John Cooper Clarke & Hugh Cornwell, Caravan Palace, along with Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey from UB40, Imelda May, Ruby Turner, and the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.

December 23rd: Silent Night



Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

December 22nd: The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Deptford, London



Jools visited on Tuesday 13th December and, in the video above, talks about and illustrates four pieces from his new album Piano and what inspired them: Christabel, Grand Hotel, Last Date, and Romantic Ruin.

They are being interpreted by contemporary dancers from the Laban Building: David Kam, Verena Schneider, Luke Birch, Samuel Baskett, Georgia Brown, Sean Murray, Viva Foster, Osian Meilir, and Sylvia Ferreira.

December 19th: Breakfast with BBC One
Jools will be visiting the BBC Breakfast studios tomorrow morning to talk about his album and love of the piano. Tune in from 8.30am.

December 16th: Jools Holland at Loose Ends
Jools will be chatting to Clive Anderson about his relationship with the piano and performing a selection of pieces from his new album, Piano, on BBC Radio Four from 6.15pm on Saturday 17th December.

December 2nd: Jools on Jazz FM tomorrow
Tune into Jazz FM between 10.00am and 2.00pm tomorrow to hear an interview with Jools, two live tracks, and two tracks from the new album.

December 2nd: Jools' New Album Released Today

Piano   Jools' brand-new 2016 release is an album centred around his 50-year relationship with the Piano, exploring different piano styles and performed on a variety of pianos.

The all-instrumental album has been released through East West Records.

This record features eight of Jools' original compositions as well as 10 carefully selected pieces interpreting the work of the pianists and composers that he loves.

It opens with Jools' own May, a unique field recording of his piano in conversation with songbirds, influenced by French composer Olivier Messiaen, followed by Grand Hotel, co-written with Sting a while ago and here completely reinvented with a mix of contemporary dance rhythms and stride piano. Next is a collaboration with iconic musician and producer Brian Eno, who sings backing vocals and experiments with soundscapes on Track 3, Last Date.

The album also sees Jools performing alongside his acclaimed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on three of the tracks: Strange Cargo; Romantic Ruin; and Bumble Boogie (in which he quotes Bach's Prelude No 1). The stylistic range is broad, taking in the baroque counterpoint of Christabel and the blistering boogie woogie of Bang And Pop as well as paying tribute to works by great Jazz artists Mary Lou Williams, Sidney Bechet, Freddie Slack, and Erroll Garner. In contrast, the middle of the album showcases a four-strong blues segment inspired by Jimmy Yancey and Lloyd Glenn.

Jools pays tribute to his friend and collaborator Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) by covering Rebennack's Dorothy, but perhaps the greatest example of Jools' breadth of approach is his arrangement of Eruption by Dutch prog rock group Focus.

Earlier this year, Jools gave commuters a treat when he played a surprise session at London's St. Pancras International station on a piano donated by Sir Elton John. He improvised around three of the tracks featured on the album: Bang And Pop, as well as Bumble Boogie, and Last Date, and you can see the live recordings on YouTube by clicking on each title.

The album was overseen by Jools' long-time producer Laurie Latham, with engineer Ron Box, and was recorded with vintage equipment in a variety of locations, including the Kent Marshes.

Order it now by clicking here.

December 1st: Jools on BBC Radio 6 Music
Shaun Keaveny interviewed Jools on this morning's breakfast show.

November 28th: Andrew Marr Show
After two great shows at London's Royal Albert Hall, Jools Holland and Gilson Lavis popped into the Andrew Marr Show yesterday morning to perform a track from the new album Piano.

November 15th: Derek Nash Nominated for Jazz Award
Derek Nash, one of five saxophonists in Jools' Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, was nominated in the Alto Saxophone category in the 2016 British Jazz Awards; the winner was Soweto Kinch.

September 29th: Thank you, St Pancras International

Posted by ITV London on Thursday, 29 September 2016

Jools Holland tries out the piano donated by Sir Elton John to St Pancras International and announces the coming of a new instrumental piano album.

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 PIANO
 

Photo: Mary McCartney

Welcome to this album on which I hope to capture a snap-shot of where I am now, after a lifelong relationship with the piano. Here is a selection of piano works that I have recorded this year: solo piano, piano with a big band, and one or two unusual studio collaborations, including one with Brian Eno. I have interpreted the work of some of the great pianists and composers that I love, and recorded some old and new compositions of my own.

A note of special thanks must go to my producer Laurie Latham and my engineer Ron Box who have made it possible to record the pianos you will meet, in their natural habitats, backrooms, sheds, halls, and marshes.

I have no wish to detain or tire the listener any further than necessary but below are some notes that may assist those seeking more detailed information.

Jools Holland
 

01. MAY

A musical conversation between piano and birdsong, evolves into a pentatonic composition. It was inspired by my late aunt and by studying the work of Olivier Messiaen.

02. GRAND HOTEL

I wanted to connect Harlem Stride Piano with contemporary dance rhythms. I have improvised over a song I wrote with Sting entitled 'Grand Hotel'.

03. LAST DATE

This is a collaboration by Soundscape genius, Artist and Producer Brian Eno. We are both great fans of Nashville pianist and musical minimalist Floyd Cramer. This is our interpretation of one of his most famous compositions, utilising his slip-note piano styling.

04. BUMBLE BOOGIE

Part of my live repertoire, this epic piece is captured in its current state of evolution with my Big Band. It has Bach's Prelude No.1 inserted into the middle of it, a piece that Bach wrote to encourage the young to learn music.

05. DOROTHY

I am an admirer, follower, friend and sometime collaborator of Mac Rebennack, The Night Tripper, Dr. John. He entitled this piece 'Dorothy' after his mother.

06. ERUPTION

I first heard this music by Focus aged 16 in a small flat in Plumstead at dawn. Having stayed up all night my senses were sharpened and I became captivated by the theme. Desiring a contemporary rhythm I invited top Remixer and Producer Johnson Somerset to lay down some foundations and then set to work.

07. UPRIGHT AND GRAND

Music is sometimes an expression of joy. My hope is that like me the listeners' sense of joy will be slightly intensified with the syncopation of this piece.

08. CHRISTABEL

I originally wrote this as a short piece for solo cello. You will hear the left hand of the piano playing that part. I then started improvising and it grew as I experimented. My wife is called Christabel, she thought it sounded like the theme from a 1960's spy film. I considered changing the title to 'The Cold War' but after some consideration retained the original title.

09. MIDNIGHT HOUR BLUES
10. I HAD IT BUT IT’S ALL GONE NOW
11. HOW LONG BLUES
12. BLUE LAMP

These tracks are a quartet of blues themes. The first music that I learned to play was The Blues where people played what they meant and meant what they played. It's a music that sounds deceptively simple but in a lifetime of study I have learnt that it is far from that. On Leroy Carr's 'Midnight Hour Blues' and 'How Long Blues' you may hear the influence of Jimmy Yancey and the attentive listener will note that following Yancey’s trademark I end the songs both in E flat, although neither are in that key. Sidney Bechet wrote 'I Had It But It's All Gone Now'. He was not a piano player but I never heard him play anything that didn't make me feel better. What the title refers to, his fortune, his love, or the common cold, I shall leave to the listener to decide. 'The Blue Lamp' is my tribute to the wonderful piano player Lloyd Glenn.

13. ROMANTIC RUIN

I wrote this for my Big Band in the 1990s; I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful band. Together we make our unique style of Ska and Blues mashed up together. This also features a wonderful tenor saxophone solo from Jamaica's own Michael 'Bammi' Rose.

14. BANG AND POP

'Mind your finger on my trigger, case it goes bang and pop We've been fighting all this time, now it's got to stop' was the opening line from this song. Stripped back to its bare instrumental form you can hear the Albert Ammon's influence. I would also draw the listeners' attention to Gilson Lavis' sexually explicit bass drum which enters on the fourth chorus.

15. STRANGE CARGO

Freddie Slack was one of the piano greats. In the 1940s as a band leader and a boogieist he was way ahead of his time. On his composition here you can enjoy another man way ahead of his time, our own Fayyaz Virji on trombone.

16. RED RAG TIME

Modern technology allowed the recording of this music to be made not just in the formal setting of the recording studio but in various locations and localities. Drummer Gilson Lavis and myself were running through some music on an old piano in the back room of a terraced London house. I started to play this piece which I haven’t played for many years. This recording captures that first take moment which can often have a unique and special feel.

17. ROLL 'EM

Mary Lou Williams is one of the true greats of jazz. She has influenced my playing and my musical philosophy. This is one of her best known compositions recorded in the same circumstances as the previous track.

18. I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

I am. Thank you for listening.

Producer's Postscript

This album was recorded with vintage ribbon microphones and tape machines on location by the Kent marshes, where we found a secluded wooded area and placed microphones in the trees and then, huddled in a small but quaint wooden hut, Jools braved the elements and performed on an old Wurlizer upright. We then took advantage of the acoustic properties of a panelled room where we installed a Yamaha Concert Grand.

In Central London we decamped to a back room with a beautiful 1958 Grand.

Finally, we ended up back at base in the Pyramid room at Helicon Mountain studios in Greenwich, London, with the old faithful Yamaha Grand piano and Wurlitzer Spinet.

Laurie Latham
Producer
 
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