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Virtuoso pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger and broadcaster, Julian Joseph is the undisputed heir to the global house of jazz. Acclaimed by critics and audiences the world over, Julian never fails to inspire with his mastery of the keyboard, the versatility of his musicianship, and the seemingly limitless scope of his creative imagination. Always relaxed and self-assured, Julian is completely at home on any stage and in front of any band. His passion for the music is palpable, and his desire to communicate that passion compelling.

Over the past 35 years, Julian has made ground-breaking advances for jazz in the UK. He was the first Black British jazz musician to host a series at London’s Wigmore Hall, and the first to headline a late-night concert at the BBC Proms with his All Star Big Band. As a composer Julian has written original works for symphony orchestra, big band and chamber ensemble, and received major commissions from the BBC, the Hackney Music Development Trust, the City of London Festival and the London Jazz Festival. His operas and dance works – Bridgetower (2007), Shadowball (2010), The Brown Bomber (2012) – have not only brought key moments in Black British history into sharp focus, but given children a rare opportunity to perform in and discover both classical and jazz music. Trench Brothers (2014) – a fusion of music, theatre and puppetry dramatising Black British and Asian soldiers’ experiences of the First World War – has been touring in schools across the country. Meanwhile, a new operatic work based on the legend of Tristan and Isolde was premiered at London’s Southbank Centre in the October of 2018. 

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”The most significant jazz musician this country has produced for many years, perhaps ever.” Peter Hepple, The Stage

'Julian is arguably the finest pianist of his generation - a brilliant, dynamic presence'. Time Out.

'I regard Julian Joseph as one of the finest pianists since Thelonius Monk'. David Millward, Daily Telegraph.

With Billy Cobham's Art of Five, Dingwall's: 'Last night's fireworks between Billy Cobham and pianist Juilan Joseph were spectacular... Joseph is a tiger at the keyboard... Rarely has Cobham found so many of his sharpest accents bouncing back at him with interest.' Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard.

With Don Braden, Pizza Express, February: 'A scintillating partnership..

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Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Julian Joseph FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, JJJA I want to create an Academy that gets to the heart and power of Jazz through its roots and history. The infectious rhythm, melody and invention inspires in an environment of cooperation and encouragement. The Academy’s mission is to be true to this great music. Under the guidance of Julian Joseph who regularly leads sessions, the JJJA artistic team includes: Trevor Watkis, Tony Kofi and Byron Wallen and a range of outstanding celebrity guests including Jean Touissant, Cleveland Watkiss, Steve Williamson, Peter King, Bobby Wellins, Mark Hodgson, Patrick Clahar, Mark Mondesir, Danilo Perez, Courtney Pine, Soweto Kinch, Branford and Wynton Marsalis. The Academy offers talented young instrumentalists and vocalists an amazing opportunity to work with some of the world’s top jazz musicians to develop their creative talents and performance skills, through exploring the American roots of Jazz. The Academy also operates a JJJA Essentials course for students who demonstrate during audition that they have the potential to succeed at JJJA, but need additional nurturing before they are ready for the full programme.

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