BBC's Ten Pieces is an exciting initiative for primary and secondary
age students led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups.
Its aim is to open up the world of classical music to a new generation
of children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses
to ten pieces of music using a variety of art forms - digital art
or animation, performance poetry, dance or movement and composition.
JAZZ FM REPLAY PROJECT @ LOVE SUPREME 2016
FM and Yamaha UK have teamed up to offer amateur and lapsed musicians
a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform as part of the
Replay Project at the Love Supreme Festival in July.
Applications are invited from adult amateurs who play saxophone,
trumpet or trombone. Successful applicants will be invited to a
series of rehearsals to be coached by Pete Long, Musical Director
of The Ronnie Scott's Big Band. Following these, musicians will
go on to perform at Love Supreme with the Replay Project big band.
a blessing for me to be involved with Replay to encourage opportunities
for budding musicians to rejoin in the adventure of music making.
Truly one of the most rewarding endeavours in life is to play an
instrument and to share that with others so I look forward in anticipation
to seeing things unfold and hearing the results.'' Julian
a patron of the project, Julian is joined by Jamie Cullum, Jools
Holland and Alexander Armstrong. Click here
for more info and application details.
WORKSHOP, CORN EXCHANGE NEWBURY, 16 MAY 2015
will be hosting a workshop masterclass at the Corn Exchange Newbury,
as part of the Newbury Spring Festival on Saturday 16 May from 11
am until 1 pm ahead of his trio gig.
more info and free tickets, click here,
call 0845 5218 218.
HOUSE JAZZ PRESENTS... JULIAN JOSEPH
Jazz House TV interview at Embrace Arts in Leicester, March 2015.
is featured as Kings Place Local in the December 2014-March 2015
listings, interviewed ahead of his 7 February 2015 appearance.
recalls his early love of music and reflects upon how blues is the
"bedrock and the catalyst" of modern music.
love for any black music means a love for the blues as that is tied
up in all of it and it's something that runs through all the music
that I love. The sounds of people like Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy
Waters, Robert Johnson, the early sound of Delta blues is the thing
that really gets me going. I love that sound: that sense of yearning,
the raucousness, its emotional cry, that's what attracts me to it."
INTO TRISTAN AND ISOLDE - TICKETS SELLING OUT FAST
contemporary reimagining of this timeless legend, commissioned for
Stephen Fry's Deloitte Ignite Verdi/Wagner Festival, is to be performed
at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,
on Sunday 22 September at 7 pm.
performance will feature members of the Julian Joseph All Star Big
Mark Hodgson (bass)
Mark Mondesir (drums)
Russell Bennett (trumpet)
Richard Henry (bass trombone)
Shabaka Hutchings (clarinet & bass clarinet)
with Carleen Anderson, Ken Papenfus, Christine Tobin and Cleveland
Watkiss in the lead roles.
to book the last remaining seats, or call 020 7304 4000.
JOSEPH JAZZ ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP, 29-31 JULY
Julian Joseph Jazz Academy will be hosting a 3-day Summer Camp at
Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, London E2 8LS from Monday 29th
to Wednesday 31 July. Students will have the chance to work with
some of the world’s top jazz musicians to develop their creative
talents and performance skills through exploring the American roots
Real Jazz Notes – the art of improvisation
The Language of Truth - finding the voice of jazz
Jazz Democracy – discipline of the Sideman
Rhythmic Fundamentals – core principles of jazz
Jazz Roots and Legends – jazz through its history
With Julian Joseph, Trevor Watkis, Mark Mondesir, Mark Hodgson,
Cleveland Watkiss and other special guests.
you are an instrumentalist or vocalist aged 11-22 with a keen interest
in jazz, apply here
or call 020 8882 8825.
JOSEPH TRIO @ RONNIE SCOTT'S - SELLING OUT FAST
returns to Ronnie Scott's on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May with
his trio - Mark Hodgson on bass and Mark Mondesir on drums.
AT THE REST IS NOISE FESTIVAL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON
to listen to Julian talking about the influence of jazz on the classical
composers of the 1920s - Stravinsky, Milhaud, Poulenc, Ravel, Prokofiev
- at London's Royal Festival Hall as part of the Rest Is Noise Festival.
ON STRAVINSKY & THE CLASSICAL/JAZZ COMPOSERS OF THE EARLY 20TH
discusses Stravinsky's use of jazz harmony and rhythm in The Rite
of Spring (click on link below), ahead of his talk about Le Jazz,
the Parisian movement in the early 1920s, as part of the Rest Is
Noise Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Sunday 10 February, 1.30 pm.
JOSEPH JAZZ ACADEMY OPENS SATURDAY 12 JANUARY 2013
want to create an Academy that gets to the heart and power of Jazz
through its roots and history. The infectious rhythm, melody and
invention inspires in an environment of cooperation and encouragement.
The Academy’s mission is to be true to this great music."
(Julian Joseph, Founder and Artistic Director)
Julian Joseph Jazz Academy aims to provide young people with an
amazing opportunity to work with some of the world's top jazz musicians,
develop their creative talents and performance skills, and explore
the roots and history of jazz.
the run-up to the opening of the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy in January
2013, Julian will be hosting a series of Taster Days, with workshops
and performances designed to give an insight into what the Academy
is set to offer.
Taster Days will be held in London, on Sunday 30th September at
the Barbican Centre, Saturday 20th October at WAC, NW3, and Sunday
11th November at the World Heartbeat Academy, SW18.
Brown Bomber dance suite was a superb piece of dance theatre.
The dancers embodied a multitude of characters epitomising the time
of the second boxing match between Schmeling and Louis. The boxers'
training camps with their attendant fans and young pretenders, the
managers and coaches were all brought exquisitely to life through
well-developed characterisation and well-chosen dance styling. Adding
another layer of vivacity to the piece were the no-expense-spared
costumes; it was like watching a dance version of the Bugsy Malone
OPEN FOR JULIAN JOSEPH QUINTET @ PROMS AT ST JUDE'S
is bringing a new quintet to the Proms at St Jude's Festival in
June, featuring Christian Garrick on violin, Steve Williamson on
tenor & soprano saxophones, Mark Hodgson on bass and Mark Mondesir
on drums. For more information and tickets, click here.
JAZZ EXPERIENCE COMPETITION FINALS
will be judging the finals of the Yamaha Jazz Experience
Competition on Monday 7 May at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
The event will take place between 1 & 3 pm on the Montpellier
Gardens Free Stage. For more info, click here.
TO HEADLINE EVENING OF JAZZ PIANO AT KING'S SCHOOL MACCLESFIELD
Widely regarded as Britain’s leading jazz pianist, Julian
is the latest star attraction in the King’s
School’s concert series. Julian will play the King’s
School’s Main Hall at the Boys’ Division on Saturday
April 28 beginning at 7.00pm. He will play the main set with other
sets from top local artistes the Steve Plews Trio, the Dan Whieldon
Trio and rising star George King.
The evening will celebrate the release of Julian’s first
album in 15 years, 'Live at the Vortex', which has already received
five-star reviews in The Guardian and Independent
and was produced by local producer and jazz pianist Steve Plews.
He said: "Working with Julian has been a revelation. His
technique and approach to the instrument is awe inspiring. If
you enjoy the music of Thelonius Monk, Oscar Peterson and, of
course, the great American song book then this is event is a once
in a life time chance to hear this standard in Macclesfield."
at £10 and £7 concessions are available from 07833 163529
ONE NIGHT ONLY, HACKNEY EMPIRE, THURSDAY 15 MARCH
Julian Joseph and Mike Phillips’ compelling jazz opera
tells the fast-paced story of Negro League baseball players and
their jazz compatriots struggling to achieve their dreams in a
time of segregation. Inspired
by the era of Ellington and Armstrong, Joseph’s swinging
score offers a lively evening of home runs, peanuts and Cracker
Jack. Great fun for all the family!
fund-raising performance. Bigger and better than ever - over 200
on stage! Tickets £10-£25, or a £50 donation
to book, or call 020 8985 2424.
JOSEPH TRIO @ TURNER SIMS HALL ON JAZZ LINE-UP
le Gendre introduces the Julian Joseph Trio at the Turner Sims Hall,
Southampton, in Jazz Line-Up's grand finale to the Music Nation
weekend on Radio 3. Classic Jazz Standards together with Joseph
originals are on the bill.
arresting reminder of Joseph's powers and deep awareness of the
jazz tradition." John Fordham, The
solo set at the British Piano Festival, recorded live at The Vortex,
London in September 2008 is being released by ASC Records on 1 February
unique solo recording captures the essence of Julian Joseph's pianistic
talent; the percussive intricacy and tender harmony embellished
with a fearsome improvisatory technique. Recorded live at the Vortex
Jazz Club, in London, this is an intimate portrait of one of the
finest pianists of his generation.
MULLOVA & MATTHEW BARLEY ENSEMBLE LIVE BROADCAST
this concert broadcast live from the Louvre in Paris on Medici
TV at 7 pm, Friday 20 January.
GARRICK TRIBUTE ON JAZZ LINE-UP, CHRISTMAS DAY
was planned to be a Christmas special broadcast where British
jazz legend Michael Garrick MBE would conduct his Big Band for
a performance of his "Peter Pan" Suite for Christmas
Day. The news of his tragic death in November was a blow and a
sad loss that one of our own powerhouses in composition had died.
In his honour, BBC Radio 3's Jazz
Line-Up pays tribute to Michael by completing the project
and recording his Jazz Suite "Peter Pan", in the same
studio where he made his early broadcast some 50 yaers ago, the
iconic BBC Maida Vale studios in west London.
His son Gabriel directs the band and the programme is presented
by Julian Joseph.
COMMISSIONS FOR NYJO
new pieces by Julian, commissioned by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra,
will be performed during their residency at Ronnie Scott's this
coming January. For more info, click here.
musicians are easy to take for granted. You can call us yesterday,
and we'll still do it. It isn't like that for classical music or
rock. So maybe we need to take ourselves more seriously, and keep
pressing for the people in charge to recognise how amazing this
is interviewed by jazz critic John Fordham in the December 2011-January
2012 issue of Jazz UK, following the 3 sell-out nights
at Ronnie Scott's with his All Star Big Band. Julian talks about
current projects, working with musicians from Peter King to Steve
Williamson, and reveals his latest plans for the future.
here to read Julian's
interview or download the whole issue from the Jazz
BROWN BOMBER' PREMIERE
commission for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad will be performed at the
Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, on 20 &
21 June, at Bethnal Green's York Hall on 22 & 23 June and the
QEH on 14 & 15 July 2012.
Brown Bomber' is a dance suite, telling the story of the historic
battle between US heavyweight boxer Joe Louis ('The Brown Bomber')
and the German champion Max Schmeling which took place in New York
City in 1938 following Louis's defeat at the 1936 Olympic Games.
SHORTLISTED FOR BASCA BRITISH COMPOSER AWARD
has been shortlisted in the Award's new Outreach category for his
children's opera, Shadowball.
The category is designed to champion works which bring contemporary
classical music and jazz to new audiences.
commissioned by the Hackney Music Development Trust, was premiered
in 2010. Julian’s swinging score, inspired by the era of Ellington
and Armstrong, tells the fast-paced story of the American Negro
Baseball Leagues and the players whose talents went unacknowledged
whilst their jazz compatriots reached heights of stardom by defining
a new art form. Together, these larger-than-life personalities helped
to change America forever. A ground-breaking project, ‘Shadowball’
motivates young people to play baseball, achieve their dreams and
create a lasting legacy for our time.
will be announced at Stationers’ Hall, London on Wednesday
30 November, and a special programme devoted to the awards will
be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday December 4.
TALKS TO CHRIS CHALLIS OF THE BRIGHTON ARGUS
of his Brighton Jazz Club trio gig, Julian talks to The Argus's
Chris Challis: "I think that creativity and the imagination
is the most important thing [in jazz]. You can only grow to a certain
height, but of course you can put on high heel shoes." Click
to read more.
TO WRITE NEW JAZZ SUITE FOR 2012 CULTURAL OLYMPIAD
drama behind one of the most historic fights in boxing history is
to be brought to life in jazz for the London
Brown Bomber" will explore the relationship between American
heavyweight Joe Louis - The Brown Bomber - and his German contender
Max Schmeling during the height of the Nazi propaganda campaign.
Although adversaries in sport, they became great friends despite
the ideological opposition that surrounded them.
new jazz suite, produced in collaboration with the Hackney Music
Development Trust, will recreate the 1938 rematch in which hard-hitting
American legend Joe Louis defended his heavyweight title against
German champion Max Schmeling.
suite will be premiered in 2012 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Peasant Girl, the new double-cd featuring Viktoria Mullova and
the Matthew Barley Ensemble (Julian Joseph, Paul Clarvis and Sam
Walton) is available now from ONYX CLASSICS.
Mullova’s rural origins in Ukraine are reflected in this eclectic
album, which combines elements of classical music and jazz and reflects
the phenomenal influence that the gypsies have had on swathes of
music in the 20th century. This is music that is blissfully free
from the misleading shackles of genre.
Music Magazine September 2011 5 stars:
'It was a brilliant idea to combine seven Bartok Duos with music
by Bratsch, the French Gypsy band, and jazz improvisations from
Joseph and the two percussionists: the various musical elements
are drawn into a creative symbiosis. The programme which looked
bitty, adds up to a coherent sequence, with two numbers by Weather
Report not that far away from from the world of Youssou N'Dour.
the performances have energy and imagination, and even though Kodaly's
Duo, passionately played by Mullova and Barley, might seem at a
tangent to the rest, it makes perfect sense as the culmination of
a beautifully crafted album." Martin Cotton
was awarded a prestigious Gold Badge by the British Academy for
Songwriters, Composers and Authors for his unique contribution to
music at London's Savoy Hotel on Wednesday 20 October. Click here
for more info.
HOLLAND'S RADIO 2 SHOW
will be guesting on Jools Holland's show on BBC Radio 2 on Monday
11 October (11 pm). Click here
for more details and listen again.
ABOUT JAZZ INTERVIEW
talks to Bruce Lindsay about baseball, opera and being a jazz musician.
& THE SIXTEEN
collaboration with The Sixteen at this summer's Spitalfields Festival
will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Performance
on 3 at 7.00pm on Friday 2 July.
Julian's new opera, is to be premiered at London's Mermaid Conference
and Events Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday 29 and 30 June at 7.30
pm, with a childrens' matinee on 30 June at 1.30 pm. The opera
features Julian and his quintet, Cleveland Watkiss in the role
of Satchel Paige and a cast of over 100 children from Hackney
schools. See gigs page for booking.
Cleveland Watkiss perform a song from Shadowball on Front
Row. Click here
for BBC London feature.
a time of segregation, when jazz and baseball flourished, a courageous
group of men struggled to achieve their dream despite the odds.
Shadowball - an opera in a league of its own."
WITH WYNTON MARSALIS'S LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA
is now a patron of the Firebird
Trust, a charity that offers positive experience through music
to vulnerable people in society, and supports musicians from all
genres. Their latest project, Komposit,
is the name of a new ensemble founded to give opportunities to composers
and musicians keen to play new music.
OF BLACK OPERA & PAUL HAMLYN COMPOSERS AWARDS
will be judging in two major music competitions during October -
the Voice of Black Opera and the Paul Hamlyn Composers Award.
has been commissioned by the Hackney Music Development Trust to
write a jazz opera about the US Negro Baseball Leagues which will
involve young people in performance activities and promote interest
in the game whilst addressing issues of racism and descrimination.
‘Shadow Ball’ refers to a common pre-game feature during
which Negro League players warmed up by staging mock games with
an imaginary ball. Though unintended, this pantomime was an apt
metaphor for the exclusion of Blacks from Major League play in America
for over 60 years. Using the stories of Black Baseball players in
the 1930s-40s, and their jazz compatriots who often suffered similar
racial prejudice, Shadowball is designed to inspire young people
to achieve despite the odds.
will be launching the project with a children's opera workshop on
7 October. Click here
for more info. Photos of the Shadowball launch event can be seen
and Paul Pacifico announced the launch of a new UK jazz initiative,
on BBC Radio 4's Today
programme. The project plans to play a continuous jam on a blues
in G for 7 days in 7 towns across the UK - London, Brighton, Cardiff,
Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh - starting on Monday
JOSEPH & MATTHEW BARLEY - NEW CD RELEASE
of the Three Legged Elephants, Julian's new duet album with
cellist Matthew Barley, features originals and arrangements of jazz
and classical numbers, from Bach to Chick Corea, Ravel to Jaco Pastorius.
yet intimate, this set of 10 tracks is the work of two brilliant
and internationally renowned musicians who are also close friends,
and their friendship pours from the music with passion, intensity,
humour and inspiring energy.
stream of Matthew and Julian performing at King's Place, London,
on 23 and 26 September.
Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2009
is Chairman of Judges at this year's BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz
Musician of the Year competition. The final will be held on Wednesday
24 June, 7.30 pm at the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow. For more info
and tickets, click here.
have launched a wide-ranging new jazz education initiative, The
Jazz Experience, involving teacher-training, school activities and
live events with major input from Julian Joseph, Gwilym Simcock,
Tim Garland and jazz educator Richard Michael.
series of regional one day improvisation work shops will be led
by Joseph, Simcock, Garland and Michael with contributions form
Peter Ind while additional name players will be announced for subsequent
training and master classes.
scheme is aimed at secondary school classroom and instrumental teachers
and is designed to give them the skills to encourage and teach pupils
to learn improvisation and help showcase the best of this emerging
talent at festivals and venues including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival,
Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 club.
Radio 3's Jazz
Line-Up has moved to a new slot on Sunday nights @ 11.30/11.45
JOSEPH ALBUMS NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD
Language of Truth, Reality, Live
at the Wigmore Hall and Universal Traveller,
as well as the new duet album with Matthew Barley, Dance
of the Three Legged Elephants, are now available to download
on iTunes, Amazon, Napster and Rhapsody.