Jools Holland set to return to Skegness

WELL-KNOWN musical personality Jools Holland is set to return to Skegness next week following his showstopping turn as one of the headline acts at last year’s SO Festival.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will appear at the Embassy Theatre on Wednesday, May 16 at 7.30pm.

“A former Squeeze ivory-tickler and presenter of the legendary ‘Later with Jools Holland’, since learning to play fluently at the tender age of eight, Jools has gone on to become one of the UK’s most proficient jazz and blues pianists,” said a spokesperson.

“Having toured extensively with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, his charismatic personality, impeccable good taste and accessible music have made him one of the nation’s most well-respected and well-loved musicians.”

Joining Jools and his orchestra on stage will be special guest Gregory Porter and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

The spokesperson added: “With a voice that can caress or confront, embrace or exhort, Grammy nominee Gregory Porter exhibits such an incredible degree of vocal mastery that no less a jazz luminary than Wynton Marsalis has gone on record to call him “a fantastic young singer”.

“A frequent performer with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Porter also maintains a residency at Smoke Jazz in New York.

“He appears on two tracks on the new Nicola Conte album, appeared on the BBC shows Later with... Jools Holland and the Hootenanny on New Year’s Eve, as well as many festivals and events, including the Elb Jazz Festival in Hamburg, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta,” they added.

Tickets to the show cost £35.50.

For more information, or to buy tickets, call 0845 674 0505, visit www.embassytheatre.co.uk or pop into the box office in person.