Squeeze in a date with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 12:27 21 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:18 21 May 2017

Jools Holland will be appearing at The Alban Arena in St Albans

Jools Holland will be appearing at The Alban Arena in St Albans

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The king of boogie-woogie is coming to St Albans for a concert later this month with a Squeeze founding member joining him on stage.

Renowned pianist, composer and television presenter Jools Holland is bringing his acclaimed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra back to The Alban Arena on Wednesday, May 31 at 7.30pm.

As always, former Squeeze keyboard player Jools continues to dazzle audiences across the UK with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and their exuberant live performances.

Alongside him this time around are guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, as well as long-time musical partner Gilson Lavis.

Also appearing will be special guest Chris Difford, a founder member of Cool for Cats, Up the Junction, Tempted, Labelled with Love, Black Coffee in Bed, Another Nail in My Heart and Pulling Mussels (from the Shell) band Squeeze.

Jools Holland Jools Holland

The current 19-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra consists of a pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones.

Tickets for the St Albans gig cost £38 seated, and £29.50 standing.

• For all the latest information and to check availability, visit the Arena’s website at www.alban-arena.co.uk

To book tickets, call the box office on 01727 844488 or book online at www.alban-arena.co.uk/events/jools-holland-his-rhythm-blues-orchestra/

If you miss Jools Holland in St Albans next week, or simply want to see the former Squeeze man again in concert, he will be returning to the county later this year for a gig in Watford as part of his 2017 autumn/winter tour.

You can see Jools Holland and his fantastic Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Watford Colosseum on Thursday, November 2.

Now in its 22nd year, these legendary shows are not to be missed and joining Jools on stage will be Grammy Award-winner José Feliciano, one of the most prominent stars in Latin America.

Having worked with the likes of John Lennon and Joni Mitchell in the past, his catalogue of international hits include his covers of The Doors’ Light My Fire and the Bee Gees’ And the Sun Will Shine, along with the much-loved Christmas classic, Feliz Navidad.

Jools and José will also be recording an album together with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which is scheduled to be released on October 27.

With his mix of Latin and pop styles, and his inimitable guitar playing, it’s no question that José will go down a storm on stage.

Jools Holland said of José Feliciano: “A man whose voice and guitar I’ve idolised all my life.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies] Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies]

“A unique innovator whom I am immensely looking forward to working with.”

Returning the compliment, José Feliciano said: ”Jools Holland is an icon who’s played a major role in the life of contemporary music throughout the United Kingdom and way beyond.

“He continues to do so and for that I admire him greatly. Don’t ever deny us of your magic, Jools – it’s an honour to be working (playing!) with you.”

José Feliciano joins a long line of acclaimed recording artists that have joined Jools’ tour as special guests in the past.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies] Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies]

These include Solomon Burke, Lulu, KT Tunstall, former Spice Girl Melanie C, Yazoo singer Alison Moyet, and 60s pop icon Sandie Shaw, along with most recently from Jools’ 2016 tour, ska pioneers Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson from The Selecter.

Also featuring in the shows will be fan favourites Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Beth Rowley on vocals, along with the supreme Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums.

Master of ceremonies for the shows, Jools will be performing tracks spanning his entire solo career, along with pieces taken from his recent instrumental album Piano, released in December 2016, as well as songs from his new collaboration with José Feliciano.

Tickets cost £45 and restricted view £34.50.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies] Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies]

• Tickets for the Watford show are available from the box office on 01923 571102 or online at www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies] Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies]

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies] Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies]

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies] Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies]

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies] Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies]

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies] Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Hatfield House [Picture: Alan Davies]

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