THE CHRIS HOLLAND ALL STARS
Chris (Piano and lead vocals) younger brother of the musician Jools Holland, has been honing his skills playing in bands for over 30 years and together with Matt (guitar) and Jim (Drums) are Greenwich residents who have lived around Blackheath for years. The band also includes Seamus (Hammond organ) who has played with Iggy Pop and Paul Weller, and Phil (Sax) Jon (Trumpet), Roger (Trombone) and Dave (Bass) who Chris met whilst performing with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra (his day job!).
The band play a great mixture of musical classics from old soul numbers from artistes such as Ray Charles to Jazz classics from the likes of Dr John (and loads in between). Fundamentally their music spans right across the 60’s into the 70’s and beyond, think of the sound as a ‘funky jazz party with soul’ with twin keyboards, lead guitar, a big bass, drums and a cheerful brass section.
The band has performed at two of the last three OnBlackheath festivals to great acclaim.