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Nowton Nights - Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra (Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds)



New & Exclusive to the BURY ST EDMUNDS FESTIVAL 2018

Oep live! by arrangement with One Fifteen presents NOWTON NIGHTS – JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA featuring GILSON LAVIS with Special Guest MARC ALMOND and Guest Vocalists RUBY TURNER, LOUISE MARSHALL & ROSIE MAE plus Support Mark Flanagan.

In 1987,  The Jools Holland Big Band was formed – 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. Prior to this , Up The Junction and Cool For Cats gave Squeeze  featuring Jools Holland of course ,meteoric success and their popularity rapidly extended to America, where their tour included performances at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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.

Collaborative works such as Golden Age Of Song, Sirens Of Song and Jools & Ruby followed in these successful footsteps whilst 2016 saw Jools Holland pay tribute to his lifelong friend, the piano, with the release of his instrumental album Piano.  The record features eight of Jools’ compositions and ten carefully selected pieces interpreting the work of the piano artists and composers that he loves.

A big fan of the cult 1960's show The Prisoner, Jools' inspiration for Helicon Mountain – the studio complex he designed and built – was Portmeirion, the setting for the TV series. Jools demonstrated his love of the series by starring in a spoof documentary, The Laughing Prisoner, with Stephen Fry, Terence Alexander, and Hugh Laurie, in 1993.

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. 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.

Other television programmes include: Name That Tune; Don't Forget Your Toothbrush; Beat Route; Jools Meets The Saint; and, in 2002, Jools' History Of The Piano. Jools also conducted the interviews for the definitive Beatles Anthology and the Rolling Stones Biography.

He also appeared in the 1997 film Spice World as a 'Musical Director' and, on 31st December 1999, performed at the New Year's Eve Millennium Dome opening ceremony in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and various luminaries.

Jools' achievements were formally recognized in June 2003, when he was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List and his
colourful autobiography, Barefaced Lies & Boogie-Woogie Boasts, hit the shelves on 4th October 2007 (published by Michael Joseph Ltd.); the paperback was published in the summer of 2008.

Support Act: Mark Flanagan - http://markflanagan.net/

Gold Circle & Standard tickets available.  Gold Circle tickets are for a sectioned of area closer to the stage.

Car Park Space can be booked in advance (fee applies)

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Friday, 25th May 2018
Show7.30pm (Gates open 5.45pm, Car Parks from 5pm) 
Tickets: £44.50 to £55.50 (inc booking fee)  (Car Parks: £6 per car)
Bury St Edmunds - Nowton Park
Bury Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP29 5LU