Jools Holland is a composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster. From playing pubs in the East End docks as a teenage greaser, to leading his rhythm and blues orchestra and selling millions of records this century, it is his passion for music that has made Jools Holland into a doyen of the music scene.
The first recording session Jools ever played on was in 1976, for the punk band Wayne County and the Electric Chairs. He has worked with the same drummer for more than 40 years – Gilson Lavis. Jools holds the unique status of performing with musicians who have achieved success in every decade of the 20th Century.
Jools must hold the record for making more music programmes for TV than any other host: The Tube, made in Newcastle; four series of Night Music, made in New York; three series of The Happening, filmed at London's Astoria Theatre; two series of Name That Tune, filmed in Leeds; fifty-three series of Later...; twenty-five Hootenanny shows; and one series of Beat Route, filmed all over the world.