Jools Holland preview

See British jazz icon at Dubai Jazz Festival

Yes, the velocity of his musical progression may be slower than a logjam on Sheikh Zayed Road, but that doesn’t stop us looking forward to getting down for a Hootenanny boogie. Holland OBE has been churning out predictable big-band R&B and blues since time began (or, more precisely, since he left his former band, Squeeze), playing every nook, cranny and broom cupboard of the UK circuit on what seems like a never-ending tour of his homeland.

Jools doesn’t excel especially at singing, band-leading or playing the piano, but has long been dining out on his eloquence as a British broadcasting institution: his role in promoting new music to the world through long-running TV show Later… makes him an icon. Hear him swing on the second night of this year’s Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival.

From Dhs295. 7pm, Friday February 17. Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com

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