Jools Holland hopes to bring the crowds to their feet at Colston Hall

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 September 2017

Jools Holland. Picture: Mary McCartney

Jools Holland. Picture: Mary McCartney


Audiences should prepare to be blown away by a beloved piano maestro.

Jools Holland will perform at Colston Hall with his renowned Rhythm and Blues Orchestra this Christmas season.

Joining him on the stage will be Grammy Award winner José Feliciano, who is revered for his music in Latin America and around the world.

Fan favourites Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Beth Rowley will also provide vocals to the magnificent show alongside the orchestra and Squeeze member Gilson Lavis.

The legendary composer and pianist, who began playing in pubs in London’s East End docks, recorded his first piece for punk band Wayne County and the Electric Chairs.

Holland went on to form the pop band Squeeze in 1974, which had a series of popular tracks including Up The Junction, Cool For Cats, Labelled With Love and Hourglass.

In 1981 he launched his solo career and saw further success with his albums Small World Big Band, Tom Jones & Jools Holland and Best Of Friends.

He has also collaborated with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Bono.

He formed the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra with former bandmate Gilson Lavis in 1987, which was formerly called the Jools Holland Big Band.

In 2005, they performed with Eric Clapton as the headline act at Tsunami Relief Cardiff.

He also performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012 outside Buckingham Palace.

He has not only been a success on stage but also on the silver screen after securing his own music programme Later...With Jools Holland along with his annual New Year’s Eve show Hootenanny.

You can also catch the pianist on BBC Radio 2 during his weekly programme which combines live interviews with special guests and recorded and live music.

Holland will perform a wide range of tracks which span across his entire solo career, alongside more recent pieces from his 2016 album Piano.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be at Bristol’s Colston Hall, in Colston Street, at 7.30pm on December 9-10.

Tickets, priced £31.71-43, are available from 01172 034040 or online at

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