The X MAS FILES with Orphy Robinson & Guests

Julian joined Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, Soweto Kinch, Byron Wallen, Tony Remy, Gary Crosby and Mark Mondesir on stage at The UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, on Tuesday 23 December for a night of christmas cheer 'with a difference'.


Julian played two of the Mingus Big Band's regular Thursday night dates at the Fez under the Time Cafe in New York at the end of November/beginning of December.



Julian joined the Mingus Orchestra for two dates in Toledo, Spain and Nevers, France in early November.


Julian toured the UK and the East Coast of the United States with Billy Cobham's Art of 5 ~ Donald Harrison (saxes), Guy Barker (trumpet), Julian Joseph (piano), Orlando Le Fleming (bass), Billy Cobham (drums).


Julian duetted on Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely with Jools Holland on his live show, Later, on Friday 31 October.


As part of the Autunno Festival di Marostica in Veneto, northern Italy, Julian performed a solo concert in the cellars of the region's most famous vineyard at Breganze (a venue which hosts a year-round jazz programme, "Jazz in Cantina").

Julian also played a solo set at the Scarborough Jazz Festival.


Following his two nights at Ronnie Scott's in June sitting in for Mingus Big Band pianist Orrin Evans, Julian joined the band again for dates at the Red Sea Jazz Festival, Eilat, Israel, the Roccella Jazz Festival, Italy and Jazz Festival Willisau, Switzerland.


The Julian Joseph Trio (Adam Salkeld, guitar, & Mark Hodgson, bass), were joined by guest vocalist Mica Paris at the Ruhr International Piano Festival on 25th July.

Click below for concert details and reviews:

Ruhr Piano Festival

Julian also gave a 4-day masterclass in Essen, from 21st to 24th July, culminating in an evening concert on the 24th.



The Julian Joseph Trio and Big Band performed to a sell-out audience at the Guildhall Great Hall, London, on 9th July as part of the City of London Festival.

(Photo by Christoph Geise)

The concert premiered a new arrangement by Julian of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and featured a combination of original compositions and Joseph arrangements of music by Thelonius Monk, Bheki Mseleku, and Duke Ellington, as well as the big band version of Julian's recent Radio 3 commission, The Great Sage.


Julian has recently recorded a track with Irish rock band RELISH, for their new album, Karma Calling, due for release by EMI Records on 30th May. www.relishmusic.com

Julian appeared at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival with the BBC Radio Big Band. The show featured Joseph originals and arrangements, including his Radio 3 commission, The Great Sage.


Julian has reviewed Zadie Smith's new novel, The Autograph Man, shortlisted for the 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction. Click here to read. The winner is to be announced on 3 June.

Julian appeared with a host of international jazz stars including Victor Lewis and Tommy Smith in the 'World Peace Jazz Orchestra' as part of a 3-day Jazzaar concert season, The Blues in Peace in Aarau, Switzerland. The concert featured original music by Fritz Renold.

Julian performed alongside British jazz and dance talent at the 10th anniversary celebration of Sheron Wray's dance company, JazzXchange at The Place, London NW1.


Julian appeared at the 11th International Piano Stars Festival in Liepaja, Latvia, performing a combination of small group and orchestral arrangements including The Great Sage, premiered in November 2002 at the London Jazz Festival.

Julian joined the Halle Orchestra and Big Band at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, performing a newly commissioned work and arrangements of standards by Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock and George Gershwin. The evening also featured special guest vocalist Des'ree (www.desree.co.uk).

Read John Fordham's review in Guardian Unlimited, Monday 24th March.

Julian was featured on BBC Radio 2's Live from the Stables, presented by John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. The show included numbers with Mica Paris and the John Dankworth Big Band, as well as quartet and solo performances.

Julian joined Russian saxophonist, Igor Butman, for four nights at his Moscow jazz venue, LE CLUB.



Julian joined American saxophonist Don Braden for five nights at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, 10 Dean Street, London WC1.

"A scintillating partnership...". Read John Fordham's review in Guardian Unlimited (Saturday 15 February).

For more on Don Braden, go to: www.donbraden.com


Julian toured the US West Coast with Billy Cobham's 'Art of Five' project with dates at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, Yoshi's in Oakland, and Seattle's Jazz Alley. The band also featured Donald Harrison (saxophones), Guy Barker (trumpet) and Bob Hurst (bass).

For more on Billy Cobham, visit www.billycobham.com