Julian Siegel Quartet
Julian Siegel: saxes and bass clarinet
Liam Noble: piano
Oli Hayhurst: bass
Gene Calderazzo: drums
(photo credit; Michael Graber)
Award winning saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel is one of the most in-demand jazz musicians throughout Europe. His performance as one of the soloists in Nikki Iles’ orchestra at Crookes last October was a highlight of that gig and illustrated the quality of his playing. Julian also leads his own jazz orchestra and co-leads the innovative, eclectic quartet Partisans. This quartet features some of the most distinctive voices on the British jazz scene, notably the inventive pianist Liam Noble. Expect adventurous, yet lyrical and melodic contemporary jazz from a band that, having played together for many years, displays empathy, cohesion and creativity.
Julian Siegel was awarded BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist and the London Festival Fringe Jazz Award. In addition to his trio with Joey Baron and Greg Cohen, for the past twenty years Julian has co-led the influential group Partisans with guitarist Phil Robson. Known for their edgy, energised sound and creative, rock-grooved improvisations, the band’s live performances and five albums received numerous four star ratings and they were hailed as breaking the ground for the new wave of British jazz in the late 1990s. The Julian Siegel Quartet has released two critically acclaimed albums, ‘Urban Theme Park’ and ‘Vista’. In 2017 Julian was commissioned to write a new piece for jazz orchestra, ‘Tales from the Jacquard’ which was performed by the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra on a UK tour. He has also featured as guest soloist with other bands and in large ensembles including those led by Andrew Hill, Mike Gibbs alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum.
“When the Julian Siegel Quartet perform live it’s a fantastic ride” – Jez Nelson, BBC Radio
“An instant classic which, if there’s any justice, should come to be regarded as a landmark album in British jazz” – the Jazz Mann, 4.5* review of ‘Urban Theme Park’
After studying music at Oxford University and jazz at the Guildhall in London, pianist Liam Noble started to build a reputation of note. His first album ‘Close Your Eyes’ released in 1994 contained a mix of standards, originals and improvisations and this mixture of approaches has characterized his music ever since. Liam has steadily acquired a reputation as one of Britain’s most versatile and inventive pianists combining a full knowledge of the tradition with a willingness to experiment. In 2004 Liam recorded the acclaimed “Romance Among The Fishes” with guitarist Phil Robson. His 2009 album ‘Brubeck’ gained an almost unprecedented 5 star review in The Guardian and his most recent CD, ‘The Long Game’ has earned numerous 4* reviews.
“…a brilliant pianist…” – John Fordham, The Guardian
“The Long Game” allows Noble’s undoubted musical invention to shine brightly with a fresh, mesmerising purpose.- Mike Gates UK Vibe 5* review of ‘The Long Game,
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000 bassist Oli Hayhurst has played with a wide range of jazz, classical and world music stars including Vanessa Mae, Alison Balsom, Kirk Lightsey, Maria Ewing, Kit Downes and Ian Shaw and has featured on over 60 albums. Oli has had long associations with UK artists including Zoe Rahman and Tim Whitehad. As a member of Ray Gelato’s Giants from 2008-15 he toured all over Europe, north Africa and Brazil and has been a regular in Pharoah Sanders’ quartet for European dates since 2012.
American jazz drummer Gene Calderazzo began his early studies at the Berkley College of music, Boston alongside classmates Branford Marsalis, Wallace Roney, Jeff Watts and Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith. Since 1995, when he made the UK his home base, Gene has become one of the most in-demand drummers on the European scene. He has toured with amongst others, Steve Grossman, James Moody, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Watson, Phil Woods and Randy Brecker and appeared with Guy Barker‘s band in the film ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’.
Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free
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