Julian Siegel 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 was awarded the 2007 BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist. His current bands are the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring pianist Liam Noble, bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo, the band’s CD ‘Urban Theme Park’ received widespread critical acclaim winning the 2011 London Jazz Award. Since 1996 Julian has co-led the influential band Partisans with the award-winning guitarist Phil Robson, the band played major Jazz Festivals in USA and Canada in the Summer of 2014, releasing their fifth album ‘Swamp’ on Whirlwind Records. The Julian Siegel Trio with US Improvising stars, drummer Joey Baron and bassist Greg Cohen was formed as a result of a major commission from Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2006. The Trio has toured the UK three times and released a double album ‘Live at the Vortex’ on Basho Records.

Julian has played in large ensembles including Kenny Wheeler’s Big Band on the album ‘The Long Waiting’, Andrew Hill’s Anglo American Big Band, the Hermeto Pascoal UK Big Band, Mike Gibbs 70th Birthday tour (alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum), Steve Gray, Django Bates’ ‘Delightful Precipice’, John Taylor Big Band, Jazz Jamaica, Stan Sulzmann, John Dankworth, Colin Towns with the NDR Big Band, Allan Ganley, Hans Koller New Memories Band with Steve Lacy, BBC Big Band with Maceo Parker, Jason Yarde’s ‘Acoutastic Bombastic’ and Hal Willner’s ‘Amarcord’ with Carla Bley and Rita Marcotulli (concert review here)

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”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)

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Saxophone Professor at the Royal Academy of Music London https://www.ram.ac.uk/about-us/staff/julian-siegel Saxophone Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/

Clinic/Workshop Information

International French Jazz Summer School http://www.jazzsummerschool.com/france



Album Vista by Julian Siegel


Whirlwind Recordings

Album Partisans - Swamp by Julian Siegel

Partisans - Swamp

Whirlwind Recordings

Album Julian Siegel Quartet: Urban Theme Park by Julian Siegel

Julian Siegel...

Basho Records

Album Urban Theme Park by Julian Siegel

Urban Theme Park

Basho Records

Album Live at the Vortex by Julian Siegel

Live at the Vortex

Basho Records



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