Julien Wilson

Julien Wilson is a Melbourne saxophonist and composer who has been a crucial member of the Australian jazz community since the mid 90’s. He studied at VCA under Brian Brown & Barry Duggan and at Boston’s New England Conservatory with George Russell & Paul Bley. Throughout the 90's he was an integral member of a number of highly regarded co-operative bands including Ishish, Festa, and the Swiss-based multi-national band, Snag. He has released a dozen albums as leader or co-leader, and his trio has been hailed as one of Australia’s most unique groups.

He has recorded and performed with artists including Charlie Haden, Hermeto Pascoal, Nigel Kennedy, Hugh Masekala, Jim Black, Kurt Elling & the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, made long standing contributions to the Black Arm Band and the Australian Art Orchestra, and been a regular member of groups run by leading Australian musicians including Stu Hunter, Jonathan Zwartz, Paul Grabowsky, Jex Saarelaht, Aaron Choulai & Mike Nock.

After spending extended periods in Europe in the late 90's, then living in Boston and New York for a few years, Julien returned to Melbourne in 2001 and had a very fruitful musical period. He formed the assumptions trio with Will Guthrie and Stephen Magnusson and they released two critically acclaimed albums in 2003 & 2004. When Guthrie left Australia in 2004 the Julien Wilson Trio was formed with Magnusson and Steve Grant.

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“recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding voices on the tenor saxophone for over a decade” The Bulletin)

“one of the most exciting musicians in the country … vital to Australian creative music” SydneyMorningHerald

“I can hear influences as diverse as Archie Shepp, Jan Garbarek, Ben Webster, Gato Barbieri, Dave Liebman... But particularly, of Mark Simmonds, who is one of the heroes of jazz saxophone in this country” Dale Barlow

“Wilson was always the real thing, exploiting the instrument’s warmth and sonic breadth to make gripping statements

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