Jools & José will be appearing live on Good
Morning Britain tomorrow to discuss their new album
As You See Me Now. Tune in to ITV from 7.50am. Let's
Find Each Other Tonight is the first single to be taken
from the album.
September 18th: New album 'As You See Me Now' from Jools
Holland and José Feliciano
Jools Holland announces
a collaborative album with Latin legendary musician
José Feliciano on the Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast
show; click here
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
pre-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
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
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,
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
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
Ticket + album (CD) bundle available through Ticketmaster.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.