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PUBLISHED: 12:41 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:02 25 August 2010

PIANO MAN: Jools Holland.

PIANO MAN: Jools Holland.

A JAZZ pianist says he is thrilled to be playing in his home town this summer where he also recorded his latest music.

A JAZZ pianist says he is "thrilled" to be playing in his home town this summer where he also recorded his latest music.

Jools Holland, who was brought up in Greenwich, is going to be part of the inaugural Summer Sessions at the Old Royal Naval College, over four days from July 21.

Seth Lakeman, Alison Moyet, The Levellers, Deptford's Athlete and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra are among the other acts headlining the new festival.

Holland said: "I'm thrilled to be able to celebrate Greenwich as part of the Summer Sessions.

"I've lived and worked in the borough all of my life. My Big Band and I are proud to be based here and all of our recordings and collaborations have been recorded in Greenwich.

"I jumped at the chance to celebrate its unique history and begin the preparations for its appointment as a royal borough and celebrate our wonderful part of London in style."

The festival is the brainchild of promoter Peter Conway, who put on the first-ever gig by Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra in a Blackheath tent in the early '90s.

Tickets for the event start at £22.50 and go up to £32.50.

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