The BBC brings Jools Holland to Blackpool for a Big Band Spectacular
Jools Holland is bringing his band to Blackpool on the 24th June for a free BBC concert.
From today the public can enter a ballot for tickets to A Big Band Special: Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra live at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool.
The event will see Jools play some of the hits from the most influential Big Band musicians of the post-war era.
He will be joined on stage by special guests for the one-night only gig, taking the audience through his own personal view of Big Band music, giving an insight into the ‘greats’ such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton.
The concert is being filmed for BBC FOUR and will be shown in July.
Jools Holland says:
“I’ve always been a fan of Big Band music and I think this is a great way to take the music genre to a wider audience.
“We are going to have one big party on the 24th June and I’m looking forward to playing at the iconic Empress Ballroom which is steeped in music history.”
The charismatic musician, who also hosts BBC2’s legendary music show Later as well as a regular Radio 2 series, will be making Blackpool his home over the next month whilst he films a documentary in the seaside town to coincide with the Empress Ballroom performance.
In a separate programme, Strictly Come Dancing’s Len Goodman and historian Lucy Worsley join Jools to present a BBC TWO documentary which explores life in post-war Britain, and tells the story of how Big Band music helped keep the Nation’s spirits up during the War. They’ll delve into how society was different: what people wore, how they dated and, of course, how they danced. Exploring the relationship between Big Band, Society and the Second World War, they’ll get to the heart of how Big Band came to dominate the UK’s musical scene. The concert and documentary will be made by Whizz Kid Entertainment; Director Geoff Wonfor, Producer Samantha Peters and Executive Producer Malcolm Gerrie. Commissioned by Cassian Harrison and Greg Sanderson.
Peter Salmon, Director, BBC England says:
“Blackpool played an influential part in the Big Band era and has always been a mecca for dancing and music, so having Jools here to celebrate in the town is fantastic.
“It will be a Blackpool night to remember and one which the whole country will be able to enjoy again when it airs on BBC Four.”
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said:
“I am delighted that Blackpool Council and the Winter Gardens have been able to help the BBC hold a free concert of this magnitude in Blackpool.
“So many people will have memories of travelling to Blackpool to watch Big Bands perform, it’s the perfect location to host this event.
“The concert itself and the two TV programmes that follow will be fantastic exposure for the town. Blackpool has a long and proud tradition of hosting Big Band stars and I’m sure the Empress Ballroom concert will be great occasion for all in attendance.
“I look forward to welcoming Jools Holland and the BBC to town as they explore the history of Big Band music.”
Link to ticket ballot http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/big_band_jools_24jun15
Ballot opens at midday on 4th June and closes at 4pm on Friday 12th June.
For interview requests or press access to the Jools Holland concert please contact Michelle Eagleton, BBC Press Office firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Michelle on 07850 212100
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Notes to Editors:
- BBC Music is the corporation’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years – comprising an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives. This is designed to strengthen the BBC’s place as a world leader in music broadcasting and commissioning, and enhance the UK’s position as a global trailblazer in music creation and performance. Led by Director Bob Shennan, BBC Music officially launched in October 2014 with the extraordinary reworking of God Only Knows. The commitment has included taking music to primetime BBC One with The One Show Music Festival and launching the first ever star-studded BBC Music Awards which were broadcast on BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2 in December. ‘Ten Pieces’ has already engaged nearly half the primary schools in the UK with classical music, and will culminate in two Ten Pieces Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in July.
- The inaugural BBC Music Day on Friday 5th June will be a nationwide celebration of music, aiming to bring people together across generations and communities through their love of music. bbc.co.uk/music is now the established home for both BBC Music Playlister and music clips from BBC Radio & Television. An incredible range of visual music content is curated on the iPlayer. And the most talented new artists are given a platform via BBC Music’s 17 emerging talent schemes – from BBC Young Musician to the BBC Young Folk Award and BBC Introducing.