Singer Marc Almond is confirmed as the special guests who will appear at the Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra concert at Hull City Hall in July.
At the age of eight, Jools could play the piano fluently by ear and by age of 15 he had formed Squeeze with Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford. Shorly afterwards they were joined by Gilson Lavis, who had already played with, among others, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, and Max Wall, and who still drums with Jools.
Up The Junction and Cool For Cats gave Squeeze incredible success and their popularity rapidly extended to America, where their tour included performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band – comprising himself and Gilson Lavis.
This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 19-piece Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones.
As well as formidable live performances, Jools has maintained a prolific recording career since signing to Warner Music in 1996, which includes the multimillion-selling Jools Holland and Friends series.
Notable ‘friends’ have included Sting, Chrissie Hynde, George Harrison, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Bono, Joe Strummer, KT Tunstall, Robert Plant, Smokey Robinson, Sugababes, Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel, Solomon Burke, and many more.
Jools’s career as a television presenter has run parallel to his musical career. He started in the early 1980s when he interviewed The Police for a documentary that was made while they were recording at George Martin’s Montserrat studio.
Jools then auditioned to become co-presenter (with Paula Yates) of The Tube, which achieved almost immediate cult status and discovered a whole new generation of musicians and comedians between 1981 and 1986.
After presenting two series of Juke Box Jury in 1989 and then 26 shows of The Happening in 1990, Jools was asked in 1992 to host a new music programme for BBC Two, which combined his talent and experience as a musician with his skills as a TV presenter.
This was Later… with Jools Holland. The show has reawakened the innovative spirit of The Tube and is this year celebrating 25 years, 50 series and more than 360 episodes of broadcast on BBC Two.
As always, Jools continues to dazzle audiences across the UK with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and their exuberant live performances.
Tickets for Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues at Hull City Hall on Sunday, July 1 2018 are from £36 plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee. Tickets are on sale now.