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05 April 2010

Ray Charles Ft. In Jools Holland's Piano (2002)

Jools Holland's Piano is a two-part history from 2002, directed by Geoff Wonfor, of the piano and its players, presented by a man who can play a little. Expect quirkiness and passion as we begin with Pythagoras and take in the likes of Beethoven, Mrs Mills, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elton John. Holland travels around the world, discovering the origins of blues, ragtime, Billy Joel, Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock.
Interviews/piano illustration with Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, Neville Dickie, Billy Preston, George Shearing and others. Defining film/tv clips of Eubie Blake, Hoagy Carmichael, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Fats Waller, Little Brother Montgomery, Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson, Ella Mae Morse and Freddie Slack, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Amos Milburn, Lionel Hampton, Milt Buckner, Thelonious Monk, etc.

Part 1 first aired on BBC 2 on 27 September 2002. The BBC Archive has a copy of Part 2, dated 4 October 2002.

I haven't found any footage online. But for the sheer fun of it, watch the clips below, and see my post on a song that Ray never sung, here.

Jools Holland Solo New Orleans style piano:

Jools with Herbie Hancock:

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