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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 13th: Jools on TV this morning

Jools at the piano with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
Photo: Ken McKay-ITV-rex-shutterstock.

Jools was interviewed on ITV's Good Morning Britain, where he also played a track from his new album Piano.

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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May 27th: Bid for Jools' Suit ... and more
Dave Rowntree, drummer with the band Blur, together with refugee charity IRC, has helped organise a celebrity Star Boot Sale. This took place at the Truman Brewery in London on Sunday 22nd May. The Shpock online auction of some of the items donated by actors, musicians and comedians will close on Sunday 29th May (at night, different times for different items).

Some of the items are still up for grabs, including a suit donated by Jools Holland. Jools had this suit made by Ben Beber on the Old Kent Road, wore it originally on The Tube and subsequently on the Later... with Jools Holland TV show (it still has an old cue card in the pocket). He has signed it on the inside of the waistcoat.

For more information, please click here. To view the remaining auction items just visit www.shpock.com and search for Star Boot Sale. The money raised by the Star Boot Sale will help fund much needed mobile health clinics for refugees in Jordan who are living rough or in devastated urban areas throughout the country.

April 20th: 60 Minutes with Jools Holland; Tonight, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Jools will speak as part of The Prudential Series at London Chinatown's newest charity organisation, China Exchange, 32A Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JA.

The 60-minute events comprise of a 30-minute talk led by Sir David Tang, the charity's founder, followed by a 30-minute Q&A with the audience. China Exchange opened last February with the aim of creating curiosity about China by programming panel talks, music, theatre and exhibitions.

March 30th: Roger Cicero (1970-2016)
"It is with great sadness that I heard of the tragic death of Roger Cicero. I had the privilege of performing with him at numerous shows in Britain, Germany and Austria with my band. He came on my television programme. He had one of the most amazing voices that illuminated and brought a song to life. More importantly, he was a truly wonderful, generous and kind man.

"On behalf of myself, my band, my family, and all of the people that enjoyed his music here in the United Kingdom, I send love, sympathy and condolences to his family and friends in Germany." – Jools Holland

March 11th: The Tube – Its Influence On The Entertainment Landscape
Forging a reputation as the most rock 'n' roll show on TV, The Tube gave British viewers their first glimpse of Madonna, REM, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

An exhibition which has opened at Newcastle's Discovery Museum and is running until the end of June, is offering fans a trip down memory lane. But just how did this irreverent show change the entertainment landscape? Simon Armstrong interviews Jools Holland for the BBC News website. Click here to read the piece.

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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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