Gig Review: Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra - Hampton Court Palace Festival ✭✭✭✭

Jools Holland
and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Photo by Steve Stubbs
Taken at Kew the Music 2015

Hampton Court Palace Festival

14th June 2018: Taking to the stage later than advertised due to a medical emergency in the audience, Jools Holland and his band came on to rapturous applause, announcing a shorter set list due to the circumstances.

Jools is renowned for his boogie-woogie piano style, and this gig started off on the right notes, the band sounding as tight as ever, with the eleven piece brass section in sterling form. Band members coming forward for solos throughout the evening, Phil Veacock and Derek Nash doing some fine work indeed on their respective solo's.

Christopher Holland on keys even came down to Jools' piano to do a duet in one of the numbers, lots of Blues riffs being thumped out. Gilson Lavis popped in a drum solo for a couple of minutes, it was all very good but the lighting left a lot to be desired... two to three minutes of strobe lighting didn't do it any justice, and throughout the performances, solos were being missed - performers in the dark!.

Louise Marshall on vocals was also in terrific form the evening, her lush tones on 'Waterloo Bridge' one of the highlights of the show. With other guest appearances from Marc Almond and Ruby Turner, they managed to cram in an impressive set list, even though time was limited.

Yet again, another faultless performance from Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra... such a shame the lighting let it all down!

4 stars ✭✭✭✭