Julian Joseph Trio

Mark Hodgson ~ Bass

Mark is one of the most in-demand double bass players on the international scene. He has played and recorded with, among others, Randy Brecker, Eddie Henderson, Guy Barker, Sonny Fortune, Pete King, Tommy Smith, Scott Hamilton, Andy Sheppard, Cedar Walton, Django Bates, Joey Calderazzo, Stan Tracey, Gary Husband, Mark Taylor, Des'ree, Mica Paris, Georgie Fame, Ian Shaw, Clare Martin and Jamie Cullum. He first joined Julian's Big Band in 1996, and can also be seen in Tim Garland's Underground Orchestra, the London Jazz Orchestra and the BBC Big Band. From 1998 to 2003 he was a member of Bill Bruford's 'Earthworks', recording four CDs and a live DVD, making tours of Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA. Mark has performed at some of the world's most prestigious clubs and festivals, including venues such as Birdland and The Knitting Factory in New York, Washington D.C.'s Blues Alley, Yoshi's, Catalina's and The House of Blues in California, Sweet Basil's and the Blue Note in Japan, the Teatro Opera in Buenos Aires as well as London's Ronnie Scott's, Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall.

photo copyright James Clumpsty  

Mark Mondesir ~ Drums

Mark Mondesir is undoubtedly one of the finest drummers the UK has ever produced, and has gained the respect and admiration of musicians the world over. A unique talent, he combines technical velocity, complexity and dexterity with an awesome inventiveness and imaginative dynamism, all grounded in an instinctive feel for groove. He has known and worked with Julian for over twenty years, and has made an inspiring and essential contribution to all his projects, bringing a musical integrity and diversity that is, quite simply, humbling. He is comfortable in any genre, from jazz to rock to funk to fusion and has collaborated with a range of international artists, including John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, Steve Gadd, John Scofield, Jeff Beck, Kevin Eubanks and Brian Ferry, as well as British musicians Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard, Tony Remy, Dennis Rollins, Cleveland Watkiss, and his brother, Mike. Mark is also a distinctive voice in jazz composition, influenced by the seminal names in jazz fusion such as Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius, John Serry and Alphonso Johnson.

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