Rochester Castle, Rochester
Tickets on sale: Tuesday 13 March 2018
Ticket price: £42.50
Featuring GILSON LAVIS
with special guest MARC ALMOND
and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER, LOUISE MARSHALL & ROSIE MAE
We are extremely pleased to welcome Jools Holland back to the Castle Concerts. After a short stint at the legendary Blue Note Café in New York, and a forthcoming short and intimate European club tour, Jools will be embarking on his Spring/Summer UK tour with The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Marc Almond as the special guest.
Jools Holland OBE DL was born Julian Miles Holland on 24th January 1958 in Blackheath, South East London. At the age of eight, he could play the piano fluently by ear, and by the time he reached his early teens he was proficient and confident enough to be appearing regularly in many of the pubs in South East London and the East End Docks.
At the age of 15, Jools was introduced to Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford; together they formed Squeeze, and shortly afterwards they were joined by Gilson Lavis (who had already played with, among others, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, and Max Wall) – who still drums with Jools.
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.