Julian is an in-demand saxophonist on the British and European Jazz scene and has worked with many top figures in the music including Bill Frisell, Andrew Hill, Steve Swallow, Adam Nussbaum, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and the NDR Bigband. In 2007 he was awarded the BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist and in 2011 he was awarded the London Festival Fringe London Jazz Award.
Originally from Nottingham he remains in touch with the East Midlands.
His Julian Siegel Quartet features some of the most distinctive voices on the British scene, the pianist Liam Noble, bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo. The band released the album Urban Theme Park in 2011 (Basho) to critical acclaim.
Julian plays alongside two stars of the American improvised music scene in the Julian Siegel Trio - drummer Joey Baron and bassist Greg Cohen. The band was formed from a commission from Cheltenham International Jazz Festival 2006 and the Jerwood Foundation and has made two major tours of the UK, releasing album Live at the Vortex in 2009 (Basho).
Julian has co-led the influential group Partisans with the in-demand guitarist Phil Robson for the last eighteen years. The band's fifth album Swamp is out on the Whirlwind Records label. They have toured extensively around the USA and Canada playing at international jazz festivals in Rochester (New York), Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. The tour also included gigs at Wayne Horvitz Royal Rooms in Seattle and Dizzys Coca-Cola Jazz Club in New York City.
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