Jools returns to racing capital

NEWMARKET Racecourses have today confirmed entertainer Jools Holland as the fourth act in the 2008 series of night time concerts. Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will perform at Newmarket's July Course on June 27.

NEWMARKET Racecourses have today confirmed entertainer Jools Holland as the fourth act in the 2008 series of evening concerts.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will perform at Newmarket's July Course on June 27.

Stephen Wallis, managing director of Newmarket Racecourses said: “It is very exciting to be welcoming Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra back to perform at Newmarket Nights for the 12th time especially as he is going to be joined on stage by some amazing performers.

“Jools is immensely popular with the Newmarket Nights audience and we look forward to another wonderful show in 2008.”

For this year's Newmarket Night, Jools will be joined on stage by Marc Almond, who rose to fame in the 1980's, as part if the British electro-pop duo, Soft Cell.

Jools Holland's musical career has spanned over four decades since being the founding member of the hit British band Squeeze in 1974. He began recording solo material in 1978 and to date has recorded 12 studio albums.

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In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band - comprising of himself and Gilson Lavis, an original member of Squeeze. This gradually metamorphosed into the current 18-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of one pianist, one drummer, two female vocals, one guitar, one bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, one baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and four trombones.

Jools Holland's career also spans across television and radio. The popular television show, Later...with Jools Holland returned for its 30th series in autumn 2007 and will be followed by a six-week run in spring 2008.

He is also due to visit the Ipswich Regent in October.

Tickets for Newmarket are priced from £12. To book call 01638 675 500.

Are you a fan of Jools Holland? Do you love an evening at the races? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Newmarket Nights are a series of seven Friday evening race meetings followed by a live concert.

The racing gets underway early evening and concludes as nights falls, immediately followed by the post racing, open air concert. The bars remain open until the conclusion of the concert.

Confirmed dates for 2008 Newmarket Nights

Friday 20th June - Bryan Adams

Friday 27th June - Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Friday 18th July -TBA

Friday 25th July - James Morrison

Friday 1st August - TBA

Friday 8th August - TBA

Friday 15th August - Boyzone