The Alban Arena, St. Albans – Thursday 24th May 2018

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The Alban Arena, St. Albans

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Front Doors Open: 6.30pm

Auditorium: 7pm

Show Starts: 7.30pm

To alleviate large queues we ask that you arrive in good time as there are bag searches in place. Where possible please bring small bags with you.

Tickets: £30.00 standing, £39.00 balcony*

*A transaction fee of £1.25 per ticket is charged for online purchases

The Alban Arena by arrangement with One Fifteen presents:

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring GILSON LAVIS with special guest MARC ALMOND and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER, LOUISE MARSHALL & ROSIE MAE

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.

Jools’ 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. Jools also managed to secure a rare interview with Miles Davis, which was broadcast on 14th November 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 celebrating 25 years, 50 series and over 360 episodes of broadcast on BBC Two with a special show at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday September 21.

As always, Jools continues to dazzle audiences across the UK with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and their exuberant live performances; returning once again to The Alban Arena for another unforgettable evening.

Jools Holland will be supported by Jack Lukeman, who is one of Ireland’s most respected and best loved performers. Described as “A mixture of all the great voices of the 20th Century ” The Guardian – at home Jack is a multi platinum selling award winning, singer songwriter. Internationally Jack has performed at the Lincoln Centre, Glastonbury and most recently at the Royal Albert Hall as the special guest of Jools Holland.

“What a voice..what a performer!”  The LA Times

A gorgeous, versatile baritone”  The Washington Post

“Jack Lukeman’s voice is an irresistible force of nature”  The Irish Times

“Brilliant Live performer 5 Stars”  Scotsman