Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 14 October 2011
Julian Joseph Trio £15/£13
Julian Joseph Piano Adam Salkeld Guitar Mark Hodgson Bass
We are delighted to welcome back one of the most high-profile performers, both in modern jazz and increasingly in related genres; one current collaboration has Julian with the distinguished pairing of violinist Viktoria Mullova and cellist Matthew Barley. They performed a mixed bag of jazz, classical and Hungarian folk at this year's Proms; Julian is of course something of a Proms fixture, having gigged there with his big band. His range also includes commissions for symphony orchestra, performances of Gershwin, Prokofiev and Bartók, and two operatic works, Bridgetower and Shadowball, both providing a leading role for Cleveland Watkiss.
He's also an established broadcaster, regularly on BBC Radio 3 and earlier in a ground-breaking TV series. None of this polymathic display should distract us from his fundamental gifts as a virtuosic jazz soloist; aside from solo productions, he's worked with major performers such as Chico Freeman, Courtney Pine, David Murray and Branford Marsalis. Adam and Mark have worked in this trio and Julian's big band for several years; Adam has also worked extensively in the US, studying at Berklee and playing with Delfeayo Marsalis, Victor Bailey and Steps Ahead. He's also an accomplished composer and arranger.
Mark combines a major reputation in the highest circles of jazz (featuring Cedar Walton, Stan Tracey, Randy Brecker, Pete King, Phil Woods, Kenny Wheeler and many more) with pop credits for Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones. Beyond this are gigs with the LSO, BBC Big Band and a long stint with Bill Bruford's Earthworks; his travels have included festivals across Europe, Asia and both North and South America.
For more information see www.julianjoseph.com.
Friday 28 October 2011
Julian Siegel Quartet £15/£13
featuring Liam Noble & Gene Calderazzo
Julian Siegel Reeds Liam Noble Piano
Oli Hayhurst Bass Gene Calderazzo Drums
Julian's band promises to be another highlight from an already fascinating musician and his peers. As well as being a platform for his soloing and compositions, it's a showcase for all of these highly individual virtuosi.
Julian has established himself alongside the most creative forces in the UK, USA and beyond; as one quarter of the influential Partisans and a former member of Loose Tubes, he helped take the small jazz group sound into new areas. As well as playing with major composers and bandleaders such as Mike Gibbs, Hermeto Pascoal, Andrew Hill, Steve Lacy and Django Bates, he formed a trio including the influential US rhythm pairing of Greg Cohen and Joey Baron.
Tonight's quartet toured around Europe earlier this year as part of a special festival of UK jazz; they have a new CD available, Urban Theme Park, which is already gaining praise for the inventive range of styles on display. It features all tonight's players; Liam consistently delivers a world class sensibility as pianist, composer, bandleader and as a recent partner on Christine Tobin's Tapestry performance.
Oli's experience includes the finest jazz players – Gwilym Simcock, Tim Whitehead, Bobby Wellins, Zoe Rahman, Jim Mullen – and leading Irish folk singer Cara Dillon. He was a founder member of the Orient House Ensemble, and has since toured the Middle East with Reem Kelani.
Gene remains one of our most popular visiting drummers. He brings a taste of his native New York to his playing, and the wealth of experience and work rate gained during his studies on the famed Berklee jazz course – not for the faint-hearted, with fellow students being Marvin 'Smitty' Smith and Jeff 'Tain' Watts. His most established presence in the UK is alongside Julian in Partisans, and he also appears with Zoe Rahman, Christine Tobin, Bobby Wellins and others.
For more information see www.juliansiegel.com.