The British pianist and TV presenter gave a first-rate concert at Kufstein’s Kulturquartier.
The association “Kufsteiner Kulturfabrik” had already planned an exclusive show for guests at the castle for 2022, which, like many other things, has fallen victim to the pandemic. It has now been shown that the universally known Jack of all trades enriched Kufstein’s cultural scene as part of his European tour.
Many of the Kufsteiner may not have heard of him before, but the original English gentleman is anything but. The British pianist and bandleader was born practically with the piano. He heard his first piano notes from his mother. His first record was released in 1978 and to date he has released over 30 albums including collaborations with Tom Jones, Marc Almond and Jose Feliciano. His way of playing Boogie Woogie, his own compositions and his talent made him very well known and popular, especially in his home country. Since 1992 he has been presenting the BBC TV show “Later with Jools Holland”, in which he presents not only many famous stars, but also new artists from various musical genres and plays with them. In 2003, he was appointed Officer of the British Empire by the Queen for his services.
Apart from his piano, Jool’s current band includes only the drummer George Latham (formerly with the British band Klaxons).
In the songs he sings himself, he is accompanied by Louise Marshall and Sumudu Jayatilaka. Both singers also have their own main parts, which are accompanied only by Jools. Robbie Turner, Queen of Boogie Woogie, also performed a few songs.
Robbie TurnerBorn in Jamaica and raised in England, she began her music career in the 1980s with Alexis Korner and has sung with many famous stars over the years including Steve Winwood and Mick Jagger. Her debut album was released in 1986 and more CDs have been released in the decades since. As an actress, she can also be seen in a number of movies and TV series.
Louise Marshall He also worked with Jools for many years, singing on some of his albums and with the BBC Orchestra. She has also toured with Roxy Music and David Gilmour.
Somudu Jayatilaka He is a frequently booked singer at ‘Abbey Road’ studios, among others, and can be heard on many movie soundtracks. She has already performed with Dionne Warwick and Van Morrison and released her self-composed debut album in 2010.
The audience, which apparently came chiefly from the surrounding communities and from neighboring Bavaria, evidently enjoyed the lively rhythms, the sometimes gentle intonations, the exquisite fingerings of the virtuoso pianist, and the exquisite voices of the class singers. The viewing, including the encore, which lasts nearly two hours without interruption, is highly recommended.
Those interested spontaneously still have the chance to see the band in the next few days: in Munich, Linz and Vienna before continuing with the full orchestra in Holland, Great Britain and Ireland.
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