Jools Holland

The boogie-woogie pianist and widely touring bandleader who first gained fame with Squeeze, TV programmes The Tube on Channel 4 and Later... on the BBC, appears with his Orchestra to take to the stage of the Knocknarea Arena in Sligo town on Saturday 19 October. The date is the last of a short Irish tour that before heading to the north-west of Ireland is to visit the Spiegeltent, Wexford (16 Oct); Opera House, Cork city (17 Oct); and INEC, Killarney (18 Oct). 

From the heartlands of Greenwich and Deptford in south London: one of Jools Holland’s heroes spanning the Atlantic is Meade “Lux” Lewis.

2019 is a very auspicious anniversary: one of those years. Because later in October, scrolling back and falling 60 years ago Ronnie Scott’s opened in London. Second reason: Twenty years earlier Albert Ammons and Meade “Lux” Lewis 80 years ago were booked into a studio by Alfred Lion for his new at that time unnamed label Blue Note on 6 January 1939 at the radio station WMGM in New York city. Lewis four years prior to that had been found by producer John Hammond working at a car wash and soon placed Lewis and his earlier song ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues’ at the heart of a craze for boogie-woogie. Lion provided whiskey and tunes included ‘Boogie Woogie Stomp’ and Ammons and Lewis played 19 takes in all. In March that year Blue Note 1 came out featuring two of those takes: Lewis playing ‘Melancholy Blues’ and ‘Solitude’. Blue Note 2 issued at the same time had Ammons playing ‘Boogie Woogie Stomp’ and ‘Boogie Woogie Blues’. The rest, as people say, is jazz history. Stephen Graham 

See the sligolive website for the full line-up of artists across a number of genres. Festival dates are 18-28 October.