bands on the grand scale of that widescreen jazz style's
golden age are a rarity these days. But Joseph recaptured
the old thrill, made it sound contemporary – and
brought together a genuine all-star cast."
Julian Joseph All Star Big Band is an 18- to 20-piece
band, comprising the best of Britain's jazz talent.
Like its leader, the band has its own distinctive voice,
drawing on exclusively original compositions and arrangements
which it delivers with sophistication, soulfulness and
the band's formation in 1994, it has performed twice at
the Barbican Hall in London and made appearances at the
Harrogate International Festival, the City of
London Festival and opened the 2002 London Jazz
Festival. In the summer of 1995 it was one of the
first jazz acts to feature in a late-night Prom
at London's Royal Albert Hall, performing to a 7,000-strong
audience in a concert broadcast simultaneously on BBC
radio and television to an audience of 6 million. The
band's all-star line-up included Guy Barker on trumpet,
Andy Sheppard, Peter King, Jean Toussaint and Julian Arguilles
on saxophones, Tony Remy on guitar, and Dennis and Winston
Rollins on trombones.
band has a substantial repertoire encompassing a range
of jazz styles, old and new, including arrangements of
Thelonius Monk's Ruby My Dear, Bheki Mseleku's
Ntuli Street, Marcus Miller's The King is Gone,
and Duke Ellington's Caravan, as well as many Joseph
2002, Julian was commissioned to write a new piece for
the London Jazz Festival, a three-movement work
for big band and string orchestra entitled The Great
Sage which he dedicated to the great American saxophonist
and composer, Wayne Shorter, and British film and television
composer, Patrick Gowers. It has since been performed
in both its original format and its big band version throughout
the UK and abroad. The programme also featured Julian's
arrangements of Duke Ellington's Come Sunday and
Billie Holiday's God Bless the Child with guest
vocalist Mica Paris.
the City of London Festival in 2003, Julian was
commissioned to arrange George Gershwin's Rhapsody
in Blue for big band. Julian's arrangement incorporates
the form and style of the original work, but brings the
piece right up to date by combining the classic-era swing
of the Ellington and Basie bands with the dynamism of
1970s fusion, inspired by the music of Harvey Mason, John
Serry, Jaco Pastorius and Herbie Hancock.
2011 the Band played 3 sell-out nights at Ronnie Scott's
Jazz Club (see Press page for
reviews), and opened Newham's "Under the Stars"
Festival in August 2012 with special guests Cleveland
Watkiss and Carleen Anderson (above).
works for the band now include 'A Ballade of Love', 'Guardian
Angel', 'The Reverend ~ Back Home to Glory', 'In the Meantime',
'Barbara' and 'Mountain of Hope'.
Joseph Big Band with the BBC Concert Orchestra, live @ the
2002 London Jazz Festival.
JOSEPH ALL STAR BIG BAND:
Joseph (piano); Mark Hodgson (bass); Mark Mondesir (drums);
Peter King, Soweto Kinch, Nathaniel Facey, Jean Toussaint,
Steve Williamson, Patrick Clahar, Tony Kofi (saxes);
Byron Wallen, Noel Langley, Russell Bennett, Jackson
Mathod (trumpets); Pete Beachill, Fayyaz Virgi, Mark
Frost, Harry Brown, Richard Henry (trombones); Steve
Rubie (flute); Barbara Wyllie (clarinet); Shabaka Hutchings
more information or to book the band, contact James Joseph
Music Management (details on Contacts
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