Jools Holland is one of the most popular pianists and band leaders in the UK, with a career in music that has spanned over 30 years, during which time he has worked with many top artists, including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour and Bono.
Jools rose to prominence as a member of Squeeze, a pop band that had a string of hits in the late 1970s and 1980s, before launching out on his own with The Jools Holland Big Band. The band has undergone a number of changes since it was formed in 1988, ultimately expanding to became a 20-piece Rhythm and Blues Orchestra that Jools fronts and whose performances annually attract audiences in excess of 300,000. In 1996, Jools signed a recording contract with Warner Bros Records: in the twenty years he has been with Warner Bros, he has sold in excess of a million albums.
Jools is a familiar face on television, with Later... with Jools Holland having recently commenced its 47th series! He also presents an annual New Year's Eve Hootenanny for BBC 2, and has his own BBC Radio 2 programme that features a combination of guests & chat with recorded & live music.
Jools is a supporter of a diverse range of charities, and is patron of Drake Music, which affords physically and mentally disabled adults and children the opportunity to independently compose and perform their own music.
Jools' 2007 autobiography, Barefaced Lies and Boogie Woogie Boasts, was BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week" in October 2007. In 2003, he was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
To book Jools as an Awards Host, After-dinner Speaker, or for Cabaret, contact Prime Performers for more information, either through our online booking enquiry form or by calling us on 020 7251 8222.
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