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JULIAN SIEGEL is an in-demand saxophonist on the UK and European Jazz scene who has worked with many of the top figures in the music. In 2007 he was awarded the BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist and he has just received the London Festival Fringe 2011 London Jazz Award.

He is currently touring a set of new music with the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring some of the most distinctive voices on the UK Scene, the pianist Liam Noble, bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo. The band released the album 'Urban Theme Park' in 2011 (Basho) to critical acclaim ...... "there's not a moment that doesn't fizz with ingenuity and imagination" MOJO.

With the Julian Siegel Trio Julian plays alongside two stars of the US Improvised music scene, Drummer Joey Baron and Bassist Greg Cohen.The band was formed from a commission from Cheltenham International Jazz Festival 2006 and the Jerwood foundation and has made two major tours of the UK, releasing the Album "Live at the Vortex' in 2009 (Basho)......"This trio is full of Music and Magic and will capture you as it did me with repeated listening..Bravo!!" Joe Lovano

Julian has co-led the infuential group Partisans with the in-demand guitarist Phil Robson for the last 15 years. The band have released three albums on Babel records, 'Sourpuss', 'Max' and 'By Proxy'......"Intelligent, varied and often dazzling " London Evening Standard

Julian has played with the the legendary US pianist and composer Andrew Hill, with Mike Gibbs' band alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum, with Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal, most recently in the 2011 London Jazz Festival. He has performed with Django Bates' Delightful Precipice and Human Chain with The Smith Quartet, Dexter Gordon's long time pianist Kirk Lightsey, John Taylor, Jazz Jamaica Big Band, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone and Robert Mitchell, Julian Arguelles Octet, Gwilym Simcock, Byron Wallen, Ingrid Laubrock, Jason Yarde's 'Acoutastic Bombastic', Colin Towns, the NDR Big Band and Hans Koller New Memories Band with soprano saxophone legend Steve Lacy. At the Ruhr Trenniale festival 2006 he worked with NYC performance artist/violinist Laurie Anderson and pianist/singer-songwriter Steve Nieve, the band included drummer Kenny Wollesen, cellist Vincent Segal and bassist Greg Cohen. Julian regularily guests with in-demand vocal star Liane Carroll and is featured on her most recent album 'Up and down' (Quiet Money). Julian is a member of Oren Marshall's 'Charming Transport Band' which features musicians from Ghana and Nigeria. He plays with Gary Husband's quartet 'Drive' which released the album 'Hotwired' on the Abstract Logix label in 2009. In 2008 he appeared as a guest with the band Empirical on their CD 'Out 'n' In' (NaimCD139), a tribute to Eric Dolphy, this CD won the 2010 MOBO Jazz Award. In 2010 he was invited by US Trumpet star Jason Palmer to play two nights at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street alongside Michael Janisch on Bass and Jeff Ballard on Drums. Julian has also performed with vocalists Beverley Knight, Joe Lee Wilson, Charlene Spiteri, Jacqueline Dankworth, Keziah Jones, Cleo Laine, Terri Walker, Christine Tobin, Anita Wardell, Craig David and punk rock legend Steve Ignorant (formerly of Crass).

"One of the UK's most creative saxophonists" -MOJO

"Approaches the depth and sensitivity of a Wayne Shorter or Stan Getz." Straight No Chaser

"Fast becoming a national treasure of the reeds" Jez Nelson Jazz on 3, QEH Nov09

“Kept an awestruck audience on tenterhooks” JazzUK, Julian Siegel Trio, Vortex, Jan07

''Interfacing between the worlds of straight-ahead, free improv and dance grooves, Siegel posits his sonic world with a coherence and strength of character that reflects the lucidity of a man who knows exactly who he is. No matter what he plays.' Kevin Le Gendre, Echoes

"That lissom, free -wheeling saxophonist....Siegel's wailing, swerving lines burst with character" John Fordham, The Guardian

"A world class saxophonist" - Jazz UK.

"Great imagination" Billy Hart

"The outstanding collaboration of the weekend was the one involving multi-reedist Julian Siegel, irrepressible American drummer Joey Baron and in demand bassist Greg Cohen. The successful marriage of Siegel's highly charged, rhythmic compositions on tenor, clarinet and bass clarinet, was a joy to listen to, while the manically grinning Baron looked like all his Christmases had come at once... a genuine Cheltenham moment." Jazzwise

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