Julian Siegel - tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
Julian Siegel is an in-demand saxophonist on the UK and European Jazz scene. In 2007 he
was awarded the BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist. His current bands are the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring pianist Liam Noble, Bassist Oli Hayhurst and Drummer Gene Calderazzo, the Julian Siegel Trio with US Improvising stars Drummer Joey Baron and Bassist Greg Cohen and the band Partisans, co-led for the last twenty years with guitarist Phil Robson. In March 2017 Julian toured the newly formed Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra on a six date UK tour supported by Arts Council England, the tour was produced by Derby jazz and Right Tempo with the support of EMJazz. JSJO played Julian's compositions and arrangements including the new suite commissioned by Derby Jazz, 'Tales from the Jacquard'. In January 2018 Julian was invited by the NDR Bigband, Hamburg to perform this music in two concerts with the band.
As a sideman Julian has played in large ensembles led by Andrew Hill, Mike Gibbs alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum, the Hermeto Pascoal UK Big Band, Django Bates 'Delightful Precipice', John Taylor, Jazz Jamaica, Kenny Wheeler, Colin Towns with the NDR big band, Hans Koller 'New Memories' Band with Steve Lacy.
In small band situations Julian has played with Gary Husband’s ‘Drive’, Django Bates’ 'Human Chain', with NYC performance artist/violinist Laurie Anderson and pianist/singer-songwriter Steve Nieve, Kirk Lightsey, Norma Winstone, Jason Palmer’s Quartet featuring Jeff Ballard. Julian has also performed with vocalists Cleo Laine, Beverley Knight, Joe Lee Wilson, Liane Carroll, Eddi Reader, Charlene Spiteri, Keziah Jones, Terri Walker, Christine Tobin and punk rock legend Steve Ignorant (formerly of Crass).
Julian is currently a member of Diane Schuur's Quartet in Europe. "A world class saxophonist" - Jazz UK. "That lissom, free -wheeling saxophonist, Siegel's wailing, swerving lines burst with character" John Fordham, The Guardian
Liam Noble - piano
Liam Noble is one of the most in-demand pianists on the London Jazz Scene. His career has included recordings and performances with musicians such as Tom Rainey, Drew Gress, Phil Robson, Ingrid Laubrock’s ‘Sleepthief’, Paul Clarvis, Christine Tobin Band, Harry Beckett, John Stevens, Anita Wardell, Bobby Wellins Quartet, Moondog, John Taylor, Randy Brecker and Kenny Wheeler. His own albums include “Close Your Eyes” (1995) featuring free improvisations, compositions and interpretations of tunes by (amongst others) Ornette Coleman, Annette Peacock and Richard Rodgers. 2003 saw the release of ‘In the Meantime’ a quintet featuring saxophonists Chris Biscoe and Stan Sulzmann followed up in 2005 by ‘Romance among the Fishes’ with Tom Rainey, Drew Gress and Phil Robson. In 2009 he released a trio album, ‘Brubeck’ on Basho records and in 2015 he released his highly acclaimed solo record 'A Room Somewhere' (Basho)
"...A brilliant pianist...who hardly plays a solo without at least one turn of phrase that brings you to the edge of your seat" John Fordham, The Guardian “…considerable idiomatic and emotional range …he knows the instrument’s pantheon from Tatum to Taylor…” Richard Palmer, Jazz Journal
Oli Hayhurst - double bass
Since moving to London from Cambridge in 1995 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, Oli Hayhurst has worked in a wide range of musical fields, playing double bass, bass guitar and guitarron. He was a member of Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, playing on their first two albums for Enja and touring extensively in the UK and Europe. With Polly Paulusma in 2004 he toured Europe opening for Bob Dylan. In 2006-2007 he played in Parallelogram, a unique collaboration of Jazz and Folk musicians featuring Lau, Acoustic Ladyland's Pete Wareham and Flook's Brian Finnegan. He was a member of Zoe Rahman’s Trio from 2006 to 2011 and in 2007 he toured Syria with Reem Kelani, playing in Damascus and Aleppo with local musicians. As a member of Ray Gelato’s Giants since 2008 he has played all over Europe, North Africa and Brazil. He has also worked with artists as diverse as Vanessa Mae, Bill McHenry, Tom Rainey, Kirk Lightsey, Maria Ewing, Jim Mullen, Cara Dillon, Bobby Wellins, Jacqui Dankworth and Ian Shaw. Alongside Gene Calderazzo, Oli can often be seen performing in Europe with Pharoah Sanders Quartet.
“Oli Hayhurst’s double bass plays a crucial part in leading the melody and setting the
mood.” Manchester Evening News "Good solid bass playing" Bernard Purdie
Gene Calderazzo - drums
Gene Calderazzo has been a long-term resident in the UK and has played drums with Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Steve Lacy, Sting, Steve Grossman, Eddie Henderson, The NDR Bigband, Mike Gibbs, Bheki Mseleku, UMO Jazz Orchestra in Finland, James Moody, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Ulf Wakenius, Evan Parker, Gary Husband, Wayne Krantz, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Watson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, brother Joey Calderazzo, Julian Siegel Quartet, Partisans, Zoe Rahman, Phil Robson's 'Six Strings and the Beat' and on the film soundtrack ‘Bodysong’, composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
“Was there ever a drummer who combined power and subtlety the way Gene Calderazzo does? He anticipates everything, he shapes the events. He stimulates and guides the soloists. He is there in every sense of the word.”
Steve Gray, composer and arranger 2002
“Gene Calderazzo has the ability to generate rhythm by playing anything that is within his reach.“
David Lands, Jazz Journal International
“Add drummer Gene Calderazzo and the music swings like mad. Calderazzo's time and energy Creates an excitement similar to that of a young Tony Williams, drummer with forward gears."
Stan Sulzmann, Musician Magazine
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