Review: Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Royal Concert Hall, by Joel Wainwright
We all know the moves by now, whether it's clapping or swaying along, you just can't stop yourself having a little bop.
It's all thanks to Britain's foremost boogie-meister, Jools Holland, bringing his brilliant rhythm and blues band back for what's becoming a traditional pre-Noel knees-up.
Possibly no finer make-up of musicians exists in the land, with each member making their own special contribution to an infectious vibe of dancing and fun.
Our genial host is in exemplary form, tinkling the ivories with astonishing grace and dexterity, while orchestrating his bandmates and belting out the odd tune.
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There's sweetness and serenity from regular singers Rosie Mae and Louise Marshall, matched, if not bettered, by the sheer strength of Ruby Turner, who is, quite simply, the epitome of soul.
She always seems to give everything she's got, particularly on my personal favourite tune of the evening, her rendition of Roll Out of This Hole.
Drummer extraordinaire Gilson Lavis strutted his stuff on the skins and cymbals, and while everyone had their own little solo, from trumpet and trombone, to strings and sax, his was the standout performance.
Jools usually brings a special guest on these tours, and this year was no different with the inclusion of former Fine Young Cannibals frontman Roland Gift.
The balding Brummie bounded on stage and showed his voice has lost nothing since the height of his fame in the mid-80s.
Starting with the Elvis hit Suspicious Minds, Roland's gift to the show was keeping the energy flowing and finishing with his own number one seller Good Thing.
From then on the crowd were hardly off their feet, dancing and singing along, with Jools encouraging us every step of the way in a great night of entertainment and song.