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Jools Sparkles in the Park

Published on June 15th 2004.

Two competition winners were treated to a fabulous night out at the Jools Holland concert at the superb setting of Capesthorne Hall on Saturday night.
Bill and Isobel James came along with the Manchester Confidential team to the park on a glorious Saturday evening. Luckily, Bill and Isobel brought fold away chairs along with them, unlike the Manchester Confidential team who were the only ones sat on their behinds.
Isobel's daughter Vicky James won the competition on the website, and presented her lucky parents with the tickets. Isobel said: "We were delighted when Vicky told us we were going, I didn't know what was going on!" with Bill adding: "We've always been fans of Jools Holland."
The 8,000 strong crowd packed in virtually all the way back to the Cheshire mansion that overlooked the stage. The most peaceful crowd ive ever seen for a concert - it felt like being at the cricket! - were soon woken up as Jools wandered onto the stage with his 15 strong rhythm and blues orchestra.
There was no messing about here, no flashing lights or egos, just fantastic, pure rhythm and blues from the former Squeeze man.The Picnic tables and food hampers were soon knocked to their feet as the dapper Jools set the crowd alight with a string of rhythm and blues and jazz numbers, tinkling the ivories like a man possessed, all of which was done with a swagger and a smile, with frequent cheeky nods to the audience. Jools' charm and charisma, particularly on tracks without vocals kept the performance in the five star category.
Each band member got his own introduction, with band members such as Emmanuel 'Rico' Rodriguez helping out with a few ska and reggae numbers including classics such as Message For You Rudy, and Dave Sift on bass, Mike Thomas on the organ and Michael Danny Rose on the sax all contributed to a timely Ray Charles tribute.
With the help of Sam Brown and Ruby Turner, two compelling singers to compliment the orchestra, Jools even had his own mosh pit by the end of the night, by which time the crowd had been cojouled into a ten minute singalong.
Jools capped off a memorable night with a couple of encores, before a sparkling send off from a laser light show sent the Cheshire set home happy.

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