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Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra's LiveJournal:

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
5:41 pm
Hi people, just a quick update on the latest from Helicon Studios...

Jools is the star of Cash For Questions in the March issue of Q [on sale now]. It's a typically eloquent interview, well worth the read.. read the article here.

Another date has been added to the summer tour so that they so far read as follows:

Sat 07/06/08
Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent

Fri 04/07/08
Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire

Sat 05/07/08
Stanford Hall, Leicestershire

Fri 11/07/08
Arley Hall, Cheshire

Fri 18/07/08
Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucester

Sat 19/07/08
Killerton House, Exeter

Sat 26/07/08
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

I think there must be more to be added to this but with the Australia tour kicking off next month they might have cut the UK one short.. I'll keep you posted.

The UK Autumn Tour is as big as ever though..

Dates under hereCollapse )

I'm planning to spend a couple of days with Winston Rollins [trombone] in his studio so I'll let you know what I think of the long awaited second album..!

Hope you're all well.. xx
Thursday, January 24th, 2008
5:04 pm
Hello Lovelies,

I've neglected this community of late and I can't apologise enough.. There's not many of us as it is! I've sent a load of invites out today though so hopefully business in here will pick up a bit now!

Anyway, the main purpose of this post is to say:


Yes indeed the man himself is the big five-oh today :] Apparently [according to his brother, Chris] the party's going to be later in the year though.. Oh well, it'll be wonderful when it finally arrives!

Also, a Happy Belated Birthday to Jon Scott, lead trumpet, who's 42nd it was on Tuesday ♥

I hope everyone's well and that you're getting ready to book up for the Summer Tour..!

Thursday, October 11th, 2007
9:27 pm
Hello everybody :] As always, quite a bit of Jools related news at this time of year:

♫ Jools' Radio 2 show has started again -- Monday nights from 10.30pm on 88-91FM ♫
♫ The autobiography, Barefaced Lies & Boogie-Woogie Boasts is out now [I've almost finished it, a great read!] ♫
♫ Jools is going to be a guest on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross tomorrow night [12th Oct] at 10.25pm ♫
♫ He's going to be on Top Gear on Sunday evening on BBC2 as part of the 'Star in a Reasonalbly Priced Car' feature ♫
♫ He'll be performing with the Big Band on The Paul O' Grady Show on Monday evening at 5pm on Channel 4 will be interviewed too ♫

This, of course, is to promote his autobiography as well as the full UK indoor tour which kicks off on Friday 26th in Norwich and the release of the new album, 'Best Of Friends' which is available from Monday.

As far as the individual band members' solo projects are concerned.. Christopher Holland's fourth studio album, 'Everything You Can Imagine Is Real' is out now and can be found here. Meanwhile both Winston Rollins and Jon Scott are working on their second studio albums with individual projects, REAL and Jonny Boy respectively. As for the others, well, I'm not in touch with them so much so I couldn't tell you to be honest!

So is anybody booked up for the Autumn Tour?

Sunday, September 16th, 2007
2:08 pm
Hello Everybody, I'm not sure if you're aware but Jools has an autobiography being released on October 4th..

The marvellously witty memoir by Britain's most popular pianist and bandleader. Jools Holland has had a fascinating life. From playing on bomb sites as a boy in South East London, to skiving off school and then rocketing to international success with Squeeze, the first twenty years of his life were eventful, chaotic and colourful. Then came The Tube, the seminal live music programme of the Eighties. Along with fellow icon, Paula Yates, Jools Holland's provocative and irreverent style of presenting broke the mould of music shows on British television. It was an exhilarating and exciting time. He made further shows in America and England, and in 1992, began broadcasting Later with Jools Holland, one of the BBC's most successful music shows of all time, which has given countless television debuts to now world famous bands. From playing pubs as a teenager greaser in the East End docks, to leading his rhythm and blues orchestra and selling millions of records in this century, it is his passion for music that has made Jools Holland into a doyen of the music scene and which suffuses the pages of this fascinating and delightful autobiography. This memoir is packed with hilarious anecdotes and unusual memories. It provides an inside look into the world of music as well a wonderful insight into the debonair gentleman and national institution that is Jools Holland.

It's available from Amazon and all good book stores from October 4th :]

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
12:06 am
I saw Jools at Kew Gardens this evening, an absolutely fantastic show (and nice to see the orchestra manage to very nearly outplay the fireworks which went off over their last song!)

My rather incoherent review of the evening is here.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Saturday, May 26th, 2007
12:26 am
I am yet again missing 'Later..' tonight. Partly because I was distracted by Russell Brand on E4 and partly because I'm just too tired and I have work in the morning. I really wanted to see LCD Soundsystem and Bloc Party though.. I'll have to catch it on YouTube.

Did anybody see it?

Also, has anybody been to any Jools gigs yet this year? I have two lined up but they're not until July..

Seeing Jon Scott and Chris Holland perform next Friday though :] And I'm going to the warm up gig for Winston Rollins' band, REAL in Chiswick before they play two nights at Ronnie Scott's 15th and 16th June. Exciting!


Current Mood: curious
Thursday, May 24th, 2007
11:55 pm
Some really exciting news just in that I thought you guys would be particularly interested in..

Next Friday, 1st June, Jon Scott and Chris Holland are doing a gig at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, London.

Jon will be playing with his band Jonny Boy and Chris will be playing with his band..

Tickets are £4 with a flyer which you can save and print from here or download and print from here.

Doors are 8pm - 2am.. nearest tube's New Cross.

Hopefully see some of you there, it's going to be a great night!

The flyer's also under here!Collapse )


Current Mood: excited
Sunday, May 13th, 2007
3:09 pm
Hello everybody, I hope you're having a lovely relaxing Sunday! I'm doing absolutely nothing today apart from chill out and listen to the fantastic Christopher Holland. I found a copy of his album 'Cosmic Harmony Companion' that Jonny [Scott] made for me years ago amongst some things when I was moving house the other day. I'd forgotten just how good he is! His voice, in my opinion, is a lot stronger and easier to listen to that his big brother's.. I love the way he has a slight Jonathan Woss thing going on with his R's! Anyway, I told Chris about rediscovering his album and I said I would probably invest in the entire back catalogue as it was just so good! He wouldn't let me though and insisted he just sent me the albums.. which he did! So now I have 'Brother Sun Sister Moon' and 'Butterfly Effect' to add to my collection and they're just brilliant! If you haven't heard any of his stuff, visit his MySpace pages here and here. He's got a new album out in June, 'Everything You Can Imagine Is Real', which I'm really looking forward to!

Just thought I'd share with some people who may have a vague interest in such a phenomenal talent!


Current Mood: relaxed
Friday, May 11th, 2007
11:21 pm
Later... 11/05
So 'Later...' is about to start, this week guests include Travis, Grinderman, Dizzee Rascal, Beverley Knight, Joanna Newsom, Candie Payne and Julien Temple.

In my opinion, not the greatest line-up he's ever had although I did hear Beverley Knight on his Radio 2 show last Monday and she was sounding good!

Anyway, I won't be watching it as I have work in the morning so I'm off to bed! If any of you happen to watch it, post your thoughts/comments.. let's get some other people posting here!

Thursday, May 10th, 2007
11:00 pm
Hello everybody, welcome to the Jools Holland community.. I was shocked to discover that there wasn't already a Joolsy community on here and felt the need to put that right! My design skills aren't fantastic so as the numbers on here grow, competitions for the html minded amongst you may be cropping up!

I attend around four Jools gigs a year as well as solo gigs of some of the band members including Jon Scott and Winston Rollins. I'll be posting reviews and things of those here so feel free to do the same.

Most of all, enjoy the community, respect all its members and keep the boogie woogie alive!

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