Jools Holland and his orchestra will visit Canterbury in early May

Jools Holland and his band to play at the Marlowe

Pianist Jools Holland is to play two nights at the Marlowe Theatre in May.

The former Squeeze frontman will perform with Soft Cell singer Marc Almond and drummer Gilson Lavis, who also played with Squeeze.

Holland, 60, spent early February playing at New York’s famous Blue Note jazz club and throughout March has been touring in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Finland.

At Canterbury, he will be supported by his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra plus vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Rosie Mae.

Holland was born in Blackheath, south-east London, and first played as a session musician before forming Squeeze.

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

He released his first solo work in 1978, Boogie Woogie ’78, and has gone on to make 13 albums.

 

In an interview last year, Holland was asked which musicians he was most in awe of.

He said: “I remember listening to Gladys Knight when I was a teenager and going to see her at the Lewisham Odeon.

“So when she ended up sitting next to me at the piano stool, I felt like I was in some kind of lovely dream.

“I would also mention Eartha Kitt as an example of somebody who inspired awe as she was one of the originators from the jazz age and there are not many of those left now.

“And finally, the person that still inspires me each night on stage, who has more fire and thunder than anyone I’ve ever seen, is our own Ruby Turner, who has that mix of church and the blues and coming from the heart.”

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will perform at 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3.

The show lasts two hours and 45 minutes. Tickets cost between £37.75 and £43.25.

For tickets and information log on to the Marlowe Theatre website  or call 01227 787787.

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