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Julian Siegel

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: May 13    

Julian Siegel

JULIAN SIEGEL is an in-demand saxophonist on the European Jazz scene who has worked with many of the top figures in the music. He has just been awarded the BBC Jazz Award 2007 for Best Instrumentalist. His current bands are the Julian Siegel Trio with US Improvising stars Drummer Joey Baron and Bassist Greg Cohen, Partisans, co-led for the last 10 years with guitarist Phil Robson, and the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring pianist Liam Noble bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo. He played with the Anglo-American Big Band of the legendary US pianist and composer Andrew Hill. In October 2007 he toured with the Mike Gibbs 70th Birthday Big Band alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum. In 2004 he toured the UK with Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal UK Big Band. He has performed with Django Bates Delightful Precipice, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone and Robert Mitchell, Gwilym Simcock, Byron Wallen's Octet featuring Tony Kofi, Jason Yarde's 'Acoutastic Bombastic', Mark Lockheart's Big Idea, Colin Towns, the NDR Big Band, Stan Sulzmann's Big Band, Larry Bartley's Septet, and Hans Koller New Memories Band, which recorded in December 2003 with soprano saxophone legend Steve Lacy....
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Awards

BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist 2007
”A world class saxophonist” - Jazz UK.

“Great imagination” Billy Hart

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

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

''Interfacing between the worlds of straightahead, 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” John Fordham, The Guardian

“Siegel's wailing, swerving lines burst with character” John Fordham, The Guardian

“spontaneous sparkle” John Fordham, The Guardian

“the frequently lyrical and reflective saxophonist Julian Siegel ripped into a series of uptempo harangues reminiscent of Kenny Garrett with the later Miles Davis bands” John Fordham,The Guardian

“makes the tried and trusted instrumentation and tradition sing anew “(Birmingham Post). CD of the Week Nov 2002 *****

  • Julian Siegel Quartet: Urban Theme Park

    Basho Records
    2011
  • Urban Theme Park

    Basho Records
    2011
  • Live at the Vortex

    Basho Records
    2010
  • Live At The Vortex

    Basho Records
    2009
  • Partisans

    EastWest
    1997

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Urban Theme Park by Bruce Lindsay

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Julian Siegel Quartet: Urban Theme Park

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Live at the Vortex by Jack Kenny

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