Jools Holland OBE DL is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and broadcaster. He was an original member of the band Squeeze and his work has seen him involved with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Lulu, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, Kylie Minogue, Magazine, The Who and Bono.
In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band with 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.
Over nearly two decades Jools released many albums including the multimillion-selling series Jools Holland and Friends, Tom Jones & Jools Holland, Informer, The Golden Age Of Song, Jools & Ruby, Piano and As You See Me Now with Jose Feliciano.
As well as hosting the BBC TWO TV show “Later with…Jools Holland” Jools has also hosted for two decades his own BBC Radio 2 show: Jools Holland which won a Sony Radio Academy Silver Award.
Special Guests joining Jools and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be…
Ruby Turner, MBE, is a British Jamaican R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actor. Her music career spans more than 30 years from touring with Culture Club, working as a session backing vocalist for artists such as Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steve, Winwood, and Mick Jagger to touring and recording as a solo artist and her long-standing writing, recording and touring relationship with Jools Holland.
Gilson was a member and original drummer in the hugely successful band Squeeze, along with founding member Jools Holland. He is one of Britain's most experienced and versatile drummers and in his 50-year career he has provided the beat for some of the biggest names in music, including Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson and Amy Winehouse. He still performs and tours as the heartbeat of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. He is also a portrait artist and has displayed his work in quite a few exhibitions.