On The Road With Jools Holland [Music Extra]

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01New York2018091520180916 (WS)In this series, renowned pianist Jools Holland travels through the USA in search of the roots of jazz, blues, soul and rock’n’roll. In each programme he visits a historically significant building in a different city and talks to fellow musicians, historians and other interested parties to build up a picture of how a particular music has developed, and to explore the communities that grow up around those musics today.

And because it’s Jools, he can’t turn down the opportunity to play a bit as well!

In this first episode, Jools leaves his week long series of concerts at New York’s famous Blue Note Café to visit the modest house in the NYC suburb of Queens where his hero, trumpeter Louis Armstrong, spent the majority of his adult life. Lucille Armstrong bought 56 107th St, Corona in 1943 without bothering to tell her husband, and, despite his initial misgivings, Louis lived there until his death in 1971, at the centre of a community that grew to include African American jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie alongside the regular working class residents.

Guests, including Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hiseman and leading Armstrong expert Ricky Riccardi, discuss how Armstrong invented jazz as we know it today, and via archive we hear from Satchmo himself (and Lucille!).

And there’s live music too, as Jools commandeers Armstrong’s own piano for a set of jazz classics with Ricky Riccardi and rising young trumpet star Joe Boga.

Renowned musician Jools Holland visits Louis Armstrong's house to explore his world

Selected BBC music documentaries drawn from across the world.

In this series, renowned pianist Jools Holland travels through the USA in search of the roots of jazz, blues, soul and rock’n’roll. In each programme he visits a historically significant building in a different city and talks to fellow musicians, historians and other interested parties to build up a picture of how a particular music has developed, and to explore the communities that grow up around those musics today.

And because it’s Jools, he can’t turn down the opportunity to play a bit as well!

In this first episode, Jools leaves his week long series of concerts at New York’s famous Blue Note Café to visit the modest house in the NYC suburb of Queens where his hero, trumpeter Louis Armstrong, spent the majority of his adult life. Lucille Armstrong bought 56 107th St, Corona in 1943 without bothering to tell her husband, and, despite his initial misgivings, Louis lived there until his death in 1971, at the centre of a community that grew to include African American jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie alongside the regular working class residents.

Guests, including Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hiseman and leading Armstrong expert Ricky Riccardi, discuss how Armstrong invented jazz as we know it today, and via archive we hear from Satchmo himself (and Lucille!).

And there’s live music too, as Jools commandeers Armstrong’s own piano for a set of jazz classics with Ricky Riccardi and rising young trumpet star Joe Boga.

Renowned musician Jools Holland visits Louis Armstrong's house to explore his world

Selected BBC music documentaries drawn from across the world.

02Nashville2018092220180923 (WS)In this series, renowned pianist Jools Holland travels through the USA in search of the roots of jazz, blues, soul and rock’n’roll. In each programme he visits a historically significant building in a different city and talks to fellow musicians, historians and other interested parties to build up a picture of how a particular music has developed, and to explore the communities that grow up around those musics today.

And because it’s Jools, he can’t turn down the opportunity to play a bit as well!

In this second episode Holland flies to Nashville to visit RCA Studio A. In the 1950s and early 60s under the leadership of Chet Atkins, Studio A was the place where modern day country music was invented; recently restored & re-opened it is now run by producer Dave Cobb and is home to the multi-million selling artist Chris Stapleton.

In the cavernous room Jools meets Dave Cobb and the man they call the soul of Nashville, musician & historian Marty Stuart, and some of the new young stars attracted to the city like the band Midland & Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen, star of the TV series “Nashville”.

We also hear from Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, and there’s live music from Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves & a special rockabilly rave up with Jools and an all-star band!

Image: Neon street sign in Nashville (Credit: Mark Hagen/BBC)

Renowned musician Jools Holland visits Nashville to explore the world of country.

Selected BBC music documentaries drawn from across the world.

In this series, renowned pianist Jools Holland travels through the USA in search of the roots of jazz, blues, soul and rock’n’roll. In each programme he visits a historically significant building in a different city and talks to fellow musicians, historians and other interested parties to build up a picture of how a particular music has developed, and to explore the communities that grow up around those musics today.

And because it’s Jools, he can’t turn down the opportunity to play a bit as well!

In this second episode Holland flies to Nashville to visit RCA Studio A. In the 1950s and early 60s under the leadership of Chet Atkins, Studio A was the place where modern day country music was invented; recently restored & re-opened it is now run by producer Dave Cobb and is home to the multi-million selling artist Chris Stapleton.

In the cavernous room Jools meets Dave Cobb and the man they call the soul of Nashville, musician & historian Marty Stuart, and some of the new young stars attracted to the city like the band Midland & Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen, star of the TV series “Nashville”.

We also hear from Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, and there’s live music from Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves & a special rockabilly rave up with Jools and an all-star band!

Image: Neon street sign in Nashville (Credit: Mark Hagen/BBC)

Renowned musician Jools Holland visits Nashville to explore the world of country.

Selected BBC music documentaries drawn from across the world.

03Clarksdale2018092920180930 (WS)In this series, renowned pianist Jools Holland travels through the USA in search of the roots of jazz, blues, soul and rock’n’roll. In each programme he visits a historically significant building in a different city and talks to fellow musicians, historians and other interested parties to build up a picture of how a particular music has developed, and to explore the communities that grow up around those musics today.

And because it’s Jools, he can’t turn down the opportunity to play a bit as well!

In this third episode Holland drives from Nashville to Clarksdale in Mississippi to visit the Riverside Hotel, the place where the great blues singer Bessie Smith died and which gave shelter to virtually every great African American musician during the Jim Crow era.

He learns the secrets of the hotel – including a visit to the room where rock’n’roll was invented! – and tours the surrounding area to explore the history of the plantation town where the blues comes from, and whose former residents include Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sam Cooke, Ike Turner and – perhaps more surprisingly – playwright Tennessee Williams.

Jools spends a riotous night at Redd’s, the last surviving juke joint in the area and whose barman is Clarksdale’s Senate representative and sits in with the teenage guitar prodigy Kingfish for an electrifying set proving that the blues is in safe hands today.

Image: The Riverside Hotel, Clarksdale (Credit: Getty Images)

Jools Holland visits Clarksdale, Mississippi to explore the world of the blues

Selected BBC music documentaries drawn from across the world.

In this series, renowned pianist Jools Holland travels through the USA in search of the roots of jazz, blues, soul and rock’n’roll. In each programme he visits a historically significant building in a different city and talks to fellow musicians, historians and other interested parties to build up a picture of how a particular music has developed, and to explore the communities that grow up around those musics today.

And because it’s Jools, he can’t turn down the opportunity to play a bit as well!

In this third episode Holland drives from Nashville to Clarksdale in Mississippi to visit the Riverside Hotel, the place where the great blues singer Bessie Smith died and which gave shelter to virtually every great African American musician during the Jim Crow era.

He learns the secrets of the hotel – including a visit to the room where rock’n’roll was invented! – and tours the surrounding area to explore the history of the plantation town where the blues comes from, and whose former residents include Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sam Cooke, Ike Turner and – perhaps more surprisingly – playwright Tennessee Williams.

Jools spends a riotous night at Redd’s, the last surviving juke joint in the area and whose barman is Clarksdale’s Senate representative and sits in with the teenage guitar prodigy Kingfish for an electrifying set proving that the blues is in safe hands today.

Image: The Riverside Hotel, Clarksdale (Credit: Getty Images)

Jools Holland visits Clarksdale, Mississippi to explore the world of the blues

Selected BBC music documentaries drawn from across the world.

04Memphis2018100620181007 (WS)Renowned pianist Jools Holland drives from Clarksdale to Memphis replicating the journey which so many musicians have made before him. Once in the Bluff City- arguably the most important music town in the world – he visits the project housing where Elvis Presley lived as a teenager and where he first played in public and goes to Aretha Franklin’s birthplace, situated in an area of tremendous urban deprivation which is gaining a new life through music.

At the renowned Royal Studios where Al Green recorded all his classics and where Bruno Mars made Uptown Funk, Jools meets owner Boo Mitchell, adds his own distinctive stylings to a new EDM track and records a version of Memphis’ oldest song with the North Mississippi Allstars.

Finally he visits – and plays with - the high school students at the Stax Academy who are making their way in the world today but schooled under the shadow of Otis Redding, Booker T and The MGs and the legendary Stax soul label.

(Photo: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Credit: Mark Hagen/BBC)

Renowned musician Jools Holland visits Memphis to explore the worlds of rock and soul

Selected BBC music documentaries drawn from across the world.