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JOOLS HOLLAND - MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, TELEVISION PRESENTER, BANDLEADER

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Julian Miles “Jools” Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958 in Blackheath, South East London.) is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and television presenter. He was a founder of the band Squeeze and his work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine and Bono.

Since 1992, he has hosted Later… with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, on which his annual show Hootenanny is based.
Holland is a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows. In 2004, he collaborated with Tom Jones on an album of traditional R&B music. He also regularly hosts the weekly programme Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, which is a mix of live and recorded music and general chat and features studio guests, along with members of his orchestra.

At the age of eight, he could play the piano fluently by ear, and by the time he reached his early teens he was proficient and confident enough to be appearing regularly in many of the pubs in South East London and the East End Docks.

At the age of 15, Jools was introduced to Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford; together they formed Squeeze, and shortly afterwards they were joined by Gilson Lavis (who had already played with, among others, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, and Max Wall) – who still drums with Jools.

‘Up The Junction’ and ‘Cool For Cats’ gave Squeeze meteoric success and their popularity rapidly extended to America, where their tour included performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band – comprising himself and Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 20-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 four trombones.

Jools and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra play to audiences in excess of 300,000 each year.

He received an OBE in 2003 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to the British music industry as a television presenter and musician. In September 2006 Holland was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent. Holland was appointed an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University at a ceremony held at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 January 2009. In August 2012, Holland was made honorary colonel of the Royal Engineers 101 (City of London Engineer Regiment), currently in the bomb disposal role.

Releases
1978 “Boogie Woogie ’78” (EP)
1981 Jools Holland and His Millionaires
1984 Jools Holland Meets Rock ‘A’ Boogie Billy (U.S. release only)
1990 World of His Own
1991 The Full Complement
1992 Together Again (single with Sam Brown)
1992 The A-Z Geographer’s Guide to the Piano
1994 Solo Piano
1994 Live Performance
1996 Sex & Jazz & Rock & Roll
1997 Lift The Lid
1998 Best Of
1999 Sunset Over London
2000 Hop the Wag
2001 Small World Big Band
2002 SWBB Volume Two: More Friends
2003 Jack O the Green (SWBB Friends 3)
2004 Tom Jones & Jools Holland
2005 Beatroute
2005 Swinging the Blues, Dancing the Ska
2006 Moving Out to the Country
2007 Best of Friends
2008 The Collection
2008 The Informer (with Ruby Turner)
2008 “The Informer” (single with Ruby Turner)
2009 “I Went By” (single with Louise Marshall)
2010 Rockinghorse
2011 Finding the Keys: The Best of Jools Holland
2012 The Golden Age of Song
2014 Sirens of Song

Film and television
1981 Otway & Barrett Live
1981 Urgh! A Music War
1982 Police: Around the World
1982–87 The Tube (Host for 121 editions)
1983 Rebellious Jukebox: Compere
1984 The Young Ones: Punk (Episode entitled “Cash”)
1985 Walking To New Orleans (Jools Holland in New Orleans)
1987 Eat the Rich: Sun Reporter
1987 Filthy Rich & Catflap: Strip Show Pianist (Episode No. 1.3)
1987 The Laughing Prisoner: No. 7
1987 French and Saunders (Episode 1.5)
1988 Sunday Night: Host (unknown episodes)
1989 Juke Box Jury: Host (unknown episodes)
1989 The Groovy Fellers Himself, 6 episodes
1991 Mr Roadrunner (Jools Holland in Memphis)
1994 There’s No Business: Pianist
1994–95 Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush
1995 The Beatles Anthology
1997 Spice World: Musical Director
1997 Name That Tune: Host and Pianist
1998 Beat Route: Round the World with Jools Holland: Host and Pianist
2003 Jool’s History of the Piano: Presenter
2007 Fairport@Forty: Interview
2007 Top Gear: Star in a reasonably priced car.
2009 Chop Shop Rover Concept: The Jet 1 Car : Customer
2012 Jools Holland – London Calling: Presenter
2014 The Life of Rock with Brian Pern as himself

Current television programmes
1992–present Later… with Jools Holland
1993–present Hootenanny

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distance: 3,556 Miles
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