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A Blackpool Big Band Boogie: Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools Holland and his band celebrate the golden age of big band music from the 1930s to the 1950s, with interpretations of standards from the likes of Count Basie and Woody Herman.

Concert specially recorded for BBC Four on 24 June 2015 at the Empress Ballroom Blackpool, where Jools Holland and his band were joined by special guests Rumer, Marc Almond and Ruby Turner.

More than 14,000 people applied for tickets and a lucky 800 were in the audience, and by the end of the concert Jools and his orchestra had almost every one of them on their feet.

The concert celebrates the golden age of big band music from the 1930s to the 1950s and Jools presents his interpretations of standards from the greats such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman. Jools's orchestra includes some of the best musicians in the business and the concert combines the incomparable power and sophistication of the big band sound with brilliant individual performances.

Highlights include Rumer's joyful Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive, Marc Almond's stunning rendition of Edith Piaf's Hymn Le Amour and singer Ruby Turner's extraordinary vocals.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 8 Feb 2019 20:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Double O Boogie

    • WEA International.
  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Honeysuckle Rose

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Sally Suzas

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Casbah Blues

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Sweet Bitter Love (feat. Mabel Ray)

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Mr Robert's Roost

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Bumble Boogie

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Valentine Moon

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    When the Saints Go Marching In

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Hymne à l'Amour (feat. Marc Almond)

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive (feat. Rumer)

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Jumpin' in the Morning (feat. Ruby Turner)

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Peace in the Valley (feat. Ruby Turner)

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    I'll Be Seeing You (feat. Ruby Turner)

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air) (feat. Ruby Turner & Mabel Ray)

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Enjoy Yourself 

Credits

Role Contributor
Production Company Whizz Kid Entertainment
Executive Producer Malcolm Gerrie
Executive Producer Samantha Peters
Director Geoff Wonfor
Presenter Jools Holland
Performer Jools Holland
Performer Marc Almond
Performer Rumer
Performer Ruby Turner

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