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REVIEW: Boogie-Woogie from Jools Holland wows Bradford crowd

YOU name a singer from the past 40 years and chances are Jools Holland will have worked with them.

Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and George Harrison to name but a few.

And now he has gone back through his action-packed career, which includes 14 solo albums, for his latest UK tour.

Bradford seemed extremely grateful to sample Holland's unique brand of Boogie-Woogie on his latest stop, as the popstar-turned-TV star performed alongside his phenomenal Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Gospel, jazz, blues, soul, swing and so many more - all music types seemed to be catered for in an action-packed two-hour show.

The presenter of the hugely successful, long-running Later programme, now in its 54th series, performed a number of hits from through the decades at St George's Hall tonight. Indeed it was like being in the live audience of one of his TV shows.

The ex-Squeeze keyboard player had the crowd dancing in the aisles and jumping for joy with his flavour of music to warm up a chilly Bradford night.

Ruby Turner, who Holland released the single 'Come on In' with last month, Louise Marshall and Gilson Lavis, all performed alongside the main man.

Turner was the deserved main event singer. Last on, she dazzled the audience with her explosively powerful voice, stage presence and had everyone captivated, standing up out of their seats and dancing.

Another treat for the Bradford audience was the appearance of former Fairground Attraction singer Eddi Reader. She provided a great accompaniment and even did an acoustic version of her 1980s hit 'Perfect'.

From his stylish black Yamaha piano, Holland himself took a backseat through most of the show, happy for his amazing 17-member orchestra to shine in the spotlight.

He did, however, play host perfectly, cracking jokes including when he said he loved playing Bradford and a great renovation job had been done on St George's Hall, even if it did look the same.

Trombone, saxophone, guitar, trumpet - you name the instrument and Holland's orchestra played them. They were also afforded a number of solo stints during the show.

The highlight of these solo efforts came from drummer Lavis who wowed the crowd with his energetic display.

Jack Lukeman also deserves credit for being a great support act before Holland took to the stage. His half-hour performance was a mixture of acoustic guitar, audience participation and really kicked off the feel-good party atmosphere in style.

Holland also had the unusual distinction on Thursday night of being in two places at once; on stage in Bradford and on the telly presenting his Later show.

The show was part of Holland's 36-date UK autumn tour, which started last month and finishes three days before Christmas, with Bradford one of only four Yorkshire dates on the schedule.

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