Julian Joseph International Quartet

featuring Piero Odorici, Darryl Hall and Jason Brown

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Last Show: Saturday 13 th August 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

For one night only UK jazz legend Julian Joseph is joined by renowned Italian sax player Piero Odorici and American jazz stars Darryl Hall (bass) and Jason Brown (drums) – as he steps into replace George Cables for this one night at PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho. Julian is one of the finest, most influential and highly respected musicians in British jazz today. Devoting his career to championing the music across the UK and into the far corners of the world, he has forged a reputation beyond his formidable skills as a performer and composer to become universally recognised as a highly knowledgeable and engaging broadcaster, musical ambassador and cultural advocate. This never to be repeated evening of world class jazz is not to be missed!

"The most significant jazz musician this country has produced for many years, perhaps ever."

The Stage

Julian’s career has been characterised by many ground-breaking advances. He was the first Black British jazz musician to host a series of concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, and the first to headline a late-night televised performance at the BBC Proms with his All Star Big Band.

Much of Julian’s music is comprised of thousands of original compositions and arrangements – from pieces for solo piano, small jazz and classical ensembles and his All-Star Big Band, to large-scale works for symphony orchestra. In 2002 he was commissioned to open the London Jazz Festival with a new piece, The Great Sage, performed by his Big Band and the strings of the BBC Concert Orchestra, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Then in 2003, he premiered his original arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for his All-Star Big Band at the City of London Festival. His 2007 opera 'Bridgetower' toured the UK, while his baseball opera for children 'Shadowball' abou the American Negro Baseball Leagues has become a feature on education programmes across the country. In June 2022 Julian's new violin concerto 'Karyryouacou' was premiered at the Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Julian has made a major contribution to Britain’s cultural landscape and heritage, and is celebrated for his service to others and for sharing all the benefits of his life in music to inspire the musicians of the future. He has been recognised by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, which awarded him a Gold Badge in 2010, and the Ivors Academy, which made him their 21st Fellow in December 2020. In 2018 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Band Line Up

Julian Joseph (piano)

Piero Odorici (saxophone)

Darryl Hall (bass)

Jason Brown (drums)