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Graham Clark
Features Writer
10:02 PM 3rd November 2019

Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra In Harrogate

Jools Holland and Eddi Reader
Jools Holland and Eddi Reader
Paying his annual visit to the Harrogate Conference Centre, Jools Holland along with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra yet again showed why they are in a league of their own.

Fresh from his Later With Jools TV show the concert had as many surprise guest vocalists as on the BBC2 show. Before the night's surprises there was the usual instrumentals and songs where Holland himself sings.

There was a tribute to Rico Rodriguez, the Cuban born trombonist who played with ska legend Prince Buster before being a member of The Specials and touring with Holland and his band.

Holland teases the audience by asking what was the name of the club when he and the band first played in Harrogate. Naturally there was a member of tonight's audience who was actually there at the Old Bourbon, the club where Holland first appeared in the Yorkshire Spa town.

Louise Marshall
Louise Marshall
Louise Marshall stepped forward from providing backing vocals to perform a version of Sweet Country Love Songs, a track Holland wrote with Gregory Porter.

She might be best remembered for the Fairground Attraction Number 1 hit Perfect, but there is a lot more to Eddi Reader such as Patience of Angels from 1994, the melodic track might have been lost in the depths of time but the track still ranks up there against Perfect.

La Vie en Rose is naturally sung in French but by the time she got to Perfect, the audience were up on their feet.

Ruby Turner
Ruby Turner
They don't call her the Queen of Boogie Woogie without a good reason - Ruby Turner has now become part of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and the gigs would not be the same without here.

Morning, Noon and Night showed off her soulful voice and you begin to wonder why you don't hear more of this experienced British soul legend. If you had to invite someone to get your party going then Ruby Turner would be a good call.

A cover of the Prince Buster classic Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) as always closed a 2 hour set that seemed to pass too quickly.

You can rest assured that the band will return again to Harrogate next year and tonight's audience will be back again too.