Sunday, 25 May 2014

Jools Holland At Middlesbrough Town Hall

Jools Holland
Middlesbrough Town Hall
Jools Holland and his fabulous Rhythm and Blues Orchestra rocked Middlesbrough for nearly two hours last night.

The show, featuring a range of vocalists in addition to Jools himself had more people on the stage than Wells Fargo ever managed. Guitars, bass, keyboards, an enormous horn section and, of course, the mighty drums of Gilson Lavis all had their moments in the spotlight alongside Jools's piano. The solo highlight was probably the drums, with Gilson Lavis - the only person never the leave the stage throughout the set - alone on the stage for the duration.

The absolute highlights of the evening were provided by special guests Melanie C and Mark Almond, with the latter shading it, with a particularly energetic performance that included knockout versions of Say Hello, Wave Goodbye and Tainted Love.

Elsewhere, the band went through the card: blues, boogie-woogie, soul, Gospel (mainly belted out by Ruby Turner) - you name it. There was even a piano duet that saw Jools joined by his brother - on the same piano.

They have already announced the dates and guests for their next tour (Autumn 2014). Head to the official website for further details.

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