2004
DECEMBER  

RHAPSODY IN BLUE IN RUSSIA

Julian toured Russia with the State Academy Symphony Orchestra of Russia and their conductor, Mark Gorenshtein, performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

   
NOVEMBER

TWENTY ONE LIVES IN JAZZ

Julian is featured in a new publication by Chris Horne profiling 21 of Britain's leading jazz musicians.

The book includes interviews with, among others, Iain Ballamy, Guy Barker, Bill Bruford, Tim Garland, Nikki Iles & Clark Tracey.

Available now at good bookshops, including Foyles. Click image (left) to buy from amazon. More info @ www.pijazz.co.uk.

   

LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

Julian performed with Hungarian folk singer, Marta Sebestyen at the London Jazz Festival ~ a rare opportunity to hear Julian and Marta's treatment of some of the extraordinary Hungarian folk songs collected by Bela Bartok.

He also presented two live Jazz Line-Ups from the Festival for BBC Radio 3, and introduced Lennie Niehaus's concert with the BBC Big Band.

Julian received the prestigious 'Pro Cultura Hungarica' medal from the Hungarian Minister of Cultural Heritage in recognition of his contribution to Hungarian arts and culture. It is the highest public honour that can be given to a non-Hungarian.

   
OCTOBER  
Martin Taylor

MARTIN TAYLOR & GUESTS ~ 'HIGHLY STRUNG'

Julian joined British guitarist Martin Taylor on his solo set at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre in London.

   
On 23 October Julian presented a very personal history of the role of piano in jazz for BBC Radio 3's Discovering Music.

The broadcast featured two new pieces ~ 'Castellain Sunshine' and 'A Ballade of Love' ~ performed by the Julian Joseph Quartet recorded live at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, along with Julian's analysis and performance of Earl Hines's 'Back Room at the Villa D'Este' and Herbie Hancock's 'Maiden Voyage'.

Click here to listen again, and here to see photos from the session.

   
SEPTEMBER  
Julian presented two live Jazz Line-Ups for BBC Radio 3. On the 11th Julian spoke to McCoy Tyner about his new album, Illuminations, and on the 18th the show was broadcast live from the Scarborough Jazz Festival. Martin Taylor co-presented the show, with guests including Gerard Presencer.
   
JULY  

Julian performed with the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra of Vilnius as part of the St. Christopher Summer Festival. Music featured original compositions for trio and strings, 'The Great Sage' and 'Jacqueline', as well as Joseph arrangements including Billie Holiday's 'God Bless the Child'.

MIROSLAV VITOUS QUARTET

Julian joined the Miroslav Vitous Quartet for two festival dates @ Pavone Jazz Festival, Italy, and the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, The Netherlands.

   
JUNE  

Julian directed and performed with the Dumfries Youth Jazz Group at 'The Big Gig' in Birmingham Symphony Hall. The concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Julian played a duet gig with cellist Matthew Barley at Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex.

Julian performed with the Aylesbury Music Centre Big Band as part of the Tring Festival.

Julian joined the Miroslav Vitous Quartet for a concert in Merano, Italy.

   
MAY  

Julian toured the UK with Billy Cobham's Art of Five, with dates in Southampton, Leeds, Brighton, York, Coventry, Exeter and Norwich. The quintet also performed at the Marbella Jazz Festival.

Julian played a concert with the Royal Northern College of Music Big Band in Manchester. The programme included his new arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue premiered at the City of London Festival in July 2003, and his commission for BBC Music Live 2004, 'A Ballade of Love'.

Julian contributed two columns to the The Guardian newspaper's G2 Radio Diary on Wednesday 5 & 12 May 2004.
   

APRIL

Julian was invited to become a Creative Industries Luminary for London, a new initiative aimed to raise the profile for Londonís Creative Industries in the UK and internationally by developing Londonís talent in theatre, dance, music, design, fashion, art, film, TV and radio.

Billy Cobham's latest series of recordings with his quintet, The Art of Five, was released on In&Out Records.

Two tracks ~ Jacqueline (clip) and My Brother (clip) ~ are both Joseph originals, recorded live at Jazz Alley in Seattle and Yoshi's in Oakland. The album also features Donald Harrison on saxophones, Guy Barker on trumpet, Eric Reed on piano, and Bob Hurst and Orlando Le Fleming on bass.

'Track three's Jacqueline [is] a lyrical triumph for Julian Joseph'. John Fordham, Guardian Unlimited, 16 April 2004.

Julian's new commission, 'A Ballade of Love', written for the BBC Music Live Festival 2004, and dedicated to Burt and Patricia Quarmby and all the people of Ireland, was performed by the BBC Big Band in Eniskillen, Northern Ireland. The concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up at 4.00pm on Saturday 1 May.

Julian joined British jazz clarinettist/saxophonist David Jean Baptiste for a concert with his band, 'London Paris Connection' in Bremen, Germany, and performed a trio concert at the La Borie-en-Limousin, Solignac, as part of the Limoges Festival, France.

   
FEBRUARY/MARCH  

A photograph taken of Julian at the Hot Brass jazz club in Paris in 1995 by French photographer Philippe Lťvy-Stab was added to the permanent collection at London's National Portrait Gallery.

In February, Julian joined Billy Cobham (drums), Donald Harrison (saxes), Guy Barker (trumpet), and Essiett Essiett (bass) for a week at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York and for several nights at Yoshi's in Oakland and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, USA.

"Tremendous ensemble... A breathtaking showman." Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune