Win Tickets to see Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra in Norwich.

Norwich UEA Student Union is very pleased to announce Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra is making a return to UEA some ten years after his last performance. A wonderful opportunity for his East Anglian fans to see his amazing live performance at Norfolk’s largest live music venue on Friday 27th May 2022.

The first recording session Jools ever played on was in 1976, for the punk band Wayne County and the Electric Chairs (Wayne later had a sex change and became Jayne).

Jools has worked with the same drummer for more than 40 years – Gilson Lavis.

When legendary blues pianist Dr. John switched to playing the guitar for a track on his live record there was only one man that he asked to take his seat at the piano – Jools Holland.

Jools holds the unique status of performing with musicians who have achieved success in every decade of the 20th Century.

Jools must hold the record for making more music programmes for TV than any other host: The Tube, made in Newcastle; four series of Night Music, made in New York; three series of The Happening, filmed at London’s Astoria Theatre; two series of Name That Tune, filmed in Leeds; fifty-three series of Later…; twenty-five Hootenanny shows; and one series of Beat Route, filmed all over the world.

Although Squeeze sold millions of records, the most successful record Jools ever played on was Good Thing by The Fine Young Cannibals, which reached Number One in seventeen countries. Jools was paid the statutory session fee of £150.

Jools provided a headstone for the grave of blues legend Jimmy Yancey in Chicago.

At the G8 Conference in Holland, Jools and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra performed All You Need is Love for the leaders of the western world. On hearing the trumpet introduction, Jacques Chirac mistook it for the opening of the French national anthem and stood up.

Out of courtesy Mr Blair, Mr Clinton, and Mr Yeltsin also stood.

Once they realised it was The Beatles’ song, and to avoid an international incident, they carried on dancing. After the performance, Bill Clinton spent half an hour with the brass section – talking about saxophones.

To win a pair of tickets to see JOOLS HOLLAND and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring GILSON LAVIS with special guest EDDI READER and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER and LOUISE MARSHALL play NORWICH – UEA on Friday 27th May 2022 fill in the form below and answer the question.


Closing date for entries is noon on Tuesday 17th May 2022, you must be available to go to the concert, there is no cash prize alternative.

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