Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
featuring Gregory Porter
Ruby Turner, Roland Gift & Rico Rodriguez
@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
7 July 2013
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Over the years Jools Holland has performed and recorded with some
of the most talented musicians and songwriters in the world, a list
that extends from Eric Clapton, Sting, Luther Vandross and BB King,
to Dr John, Paul Weller and George Harrison.
Born in London in 1958, Holland showed unusual flair for the piano
from an early age. By the time he was eight he had mastered the
rudiments of Boogie Woogie and Blues piano, and by his teens was
playing in various clubs in South London and the East End.
When he was fifteen he met up with Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook,
and together they formed Squeeze. With hits like “Cool for
Cats” and “Up the Junction”, Squeeze achieved
spectacular success, selling millions of records and breaking America,
where they carried out lengthy stadium tours and sold out New York's
Madison Square Garden.
Holland’s television career began in the early Eighties when
he made a documentary about his friends The Police, in Montserrat.
This led to him being chosen as the presenter of ‘The Tube’,
the seminal Friday night music programme, now recognised as the
blueprint for a new style of music show.
Reflecting his love for the roots of American music, Holland made
two documentary films; Walking To New Orleans and Mr Roadrunner,
which explored the music and personalities of New Orleans, Memphis
and Nashville. In 1988, Holland wrote a six-part series with Rowland
Rivron, called ‘The Groovy Fellas’, about a Martian
visiting Earth. He then moved to New York to join Saxophonist David
Sanborn as a presenter on Saturday Night, a new network NBC music
In 1990, Holland sowed the seeds of the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra,
when he and Gilson Lavis, Squeeze's virtuoso drummer, began touring
as a duo. That evolved into a powerful and disciplined 12-piece
band, capable of selling out hundreds of shows a year all over Britain
and Europe. The band has also made numerous television appearances,
including Chris Evans’ highly successful ‘Don't Forget
Your Toothbrush’ for Channel 4, backing such artists as Cher,
Robert Palmer and Barry White.
Holland has also hosted two series of Jukebox Jury for the BBC,
and twenty-six shows of ‘The Happening’, for BSkyB and
Channel 4. In 1992 he was invited to host Later with Jools Holland
for BBC 2.
His broad knowledge of music and musicians has also enabled him
to take the radio world by storm as well, making broadcasts for
the World Service, Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and Jazz FM. Now with
his own show on Radio 2, he shares some of his favourite music with
the listeners, and is joined each week by the rhythm section of
his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, with guests dropping in to talk