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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

18 July 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm

Support: Nell Bryden
Jools' show featured Gilson Lavis with special guest stars Melanie C and Marc Almond and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.


Kew Gardens

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Jools Holland

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra return once again to Kew the Music.

Jools Holland once again be brought his 20-piece rhythm and blues orchestra back to Kew for another breathtaking performance in the Gardens.

Joining Jools and his orchestra was a stunning line-up of guests including global pop-star Melanie C, iconic singer/ lyricist Marc Almond, Jamaican R&B and soul singer/songwriter Ruby Turner, R&B, vocal jazz and soul singer Louise Marshall and Jools’ long-time drummer Gilson Lavis (Squeeze drummer from 1976 until 1992).

Melanie C shot to fame in the biggest girl band in the world, Spice Girls. This was followed by a string of successes as a solo artist including When You’re Gone with Bryan Adams as well as having starring roles in Blood Brothers and Jesus Christ Superstar.

80’s pop icon Marc Almond is best known for the international hit Tainted Love  with Soft Cell in 1981. With over 30 years in the music business Marc has worked with musicians such as Nick Cave, John Cale, Jools Holland and Tony Visconti and in 1989 a worldwide hit duet with Gene Pitney with the classic Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart. Most recently Marc has been awarded an Ivor Novello Inspiration Award.

Jools Holland performs at Kew the Music:

Plus support Nell Bryden

Rising star Nell Bryden has been enjoying a fantastic year and released her third album at the start of July. She has supported stars such as Gary Barlow, Chris Rea and The Gypsy Kings and has performed live on numerous shows on BBC Radio 2.

Watch a video sampler of Nell Bryden:

Jon Allen

Jon Allen

Additional support: Jon Allen

Jon Allen has a voice you don’t forget. Just ask Jools Holland, who demanded Jon appear on 'Later…' after hearing him on the radio.

Jon says: 'I feel a bit like I’m an outsider, now. I’m very inspired by music that feels like it comes from one of the main tributaries of blues, or jazz, or that kind of heritage. But it’s OK because there’s no such thing as a scene any more. You can jump out of the ground looking like 1959, 1979, 1989...'