Julian Siegal Trio
@ the Queen Elizabeth Hall
17 November 2009
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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 BBC Jazz Award 2007 for Best Instrumentalist.
His current bands are the Julian Siegel Trio with US Improvising
stars Drummer Joey Baron and Bassist Greg Cohen, Partisans, co-led
for the last 10 years with guitarist Phil Robson, and the Julian
Siegel Quartet featuring pianist Liam Noble. Siegal played with
the Anglo-American Big Band of the legendary US pianist and composer
Andrew Hill. In October 2007 he toured with the Mike Gibbs 70th
Birthday Big Band alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam
Nussbaum. In 2004 he toured the UK with Brazilian legend Hermeto
Pascoal UK Big Band.
Siegal has performed with Django Bates Delightful Precipice, John
Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone and Robert Mitchell, Gwilym
Simcock, Byron Wallen’s Octet featuring Tony Kofi, Jason Yarde’s
‘Acoutastic Bombastic’, Mark Lockheart’s Big Idea,
Colin Towns, the NDR Big Band, Stan Sulzmann's Big Band, Larry Bartley’s
Septet, and Hans Koller New Memories Band, which recorded in December
2003 with soprano saxophone legend Steve Lacy. He regularly guests
with Django Bates’ Human Chain and Quiet Nights + the Smith
Quartet, most recently at the Venice Biennale Festival 2003, Umea
Festival in Sweden,and the Sarajevo and Belfast Jazz Festivals in
2004. He plays with Dexter Gordon’s long time pianist Kirk
Lightsey’s Quartet, the Jazz Jamaica Big Band, Julian Arguelles
Octet, Ingrid Laubrock Band and the Dave Green Trio.
At the Ruhr Trenniale festival 2006 he worked with NYC performance
artist/violinist Laurie Anderson and pianist/singer-songwriter Steve
Nieve. The band also featured Drummer Kenny Wollesen, cellist Vincent
Segal and bassist Greg Cohen. He has also performed with Beverley
Knight, Joe Lee Wilson, Eddi Reader, Charlene Spiteri, Jacqueline
Dankworth, Lizz Wright, Juliet Roberts, Keziah Jones, Liane Carroll,
Cleo Laine, Terri Walker, Christine Tobin, Anita Wardell, Craig
David and punk rock legend Steve Ignorant (formerly of Crass).