Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Musical News


Master of the keys and musical alchemist, Jools Holland had his show, alongside the Ruby Turner “powerhouse”, in the majestic arena of the Royal Albert Hall.

Holland’s professionalism knows no bounds when it comes to commanding an audience. Obviously, a master of the show, Holland has set the scene to be an art and the result? – a receptive audience, amazed by his exhilarating and exemplary performance.

Unleashing humor, storytelling, he took the audience engaged with him to a new level of audio pleasures. Creating a scene of warm conviviality with all the guests and participants, you might be regressed in her childhood living room, gathered around Grandmother Rosie’s pianola.

Boogie-woogie tunes bounced off the acoustics with his impeccable piano technique. Add in the blues, a medley of classics, ska, jazz, a duet with his brother Chris etc, all with the superb instrumentals of His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and the party for all continued to gain momentum.

Invited to the intimate reunion was an old friend, Chris Difford, doing justice to Squeeze’s classic Cool For Cats with her trusty rhythm guitar, Louise Marshall with her melodic jazz vocals and a wonderful drum solo with ‘The Drummer – Gilson Lavis.

Step into the “mighty” queen of vocal soul – Ruby Turner, with her spellbinding acoustics, which made the Royal Albert Hall “family” dance and overwhelm with Peace In The Valley.

Opening the guest list, Lulu elicited a loud reception, as she felt the love while energetically owning the stage with her famous’ 60s hit, Shout.
Mick Hucknall made his debut, as did Holland’s dog Morris, who graced screens with the dedication and fun of Holland – Morris Dance.

A mix of classics paid homage to the world’s greatest artists including Hit The Road Jack, and raw talent showcased with a trumpet introduction to All You Need Is Love, as the hall lit up with moving torches, hands held and we were back united ‘in the family’.

The conclusion was the grand finale of the ska hit – Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think). Jools Holland – the stage your house, the piano your friend and the accompanying guests, your family – we salute you sir…


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