Jools wows Empress audience

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
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A select audience boogied with TV’s best band in a one-off special in Blackpool last night.

Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra took to the stage of the Empress Ballroom to film a look back over the history of the big band.

The audience was told 14,000 applications were received for 800 tickets.

With support from special guests Rumer and Marc Almond, as well as his own singers the dazzling Ruby Turner - whose stage entrance took the night to another level, Louise Marshall and Mabel Ray, Jools reveled in the beautiful surroundings of the Winter Gardens’ venue.

Read more, and see photos in tomorrow’s Gazette.