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.

For more ticket information, please click here.

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
Glastonbury Festival (24/06/17)
Later... with Jools Holland
Radio 2 Show

PRESS
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)
 
 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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