BIG NEWS! We are thrilled to announce the Debut Tour of the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra in March 2017. The tour has been made possible by tour producers www.derby-jazz.co.uk and www.righttempoagency.com and with grateful support and many thanks from www.artscouncil.org.uk and www.emjazz.co.uk (East Midlands Jazz). Huge thanks to Geoff Wright at Derby Jazz!


Tuesday 14th LEICESTER Jazz House,

Weds 15th NOTTINGHAM Lakeside,

Thurs 16th LONDON, Ronnie Scotts, Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special
Double bill with Nick Smart’s ‘Black Eyed Dog’ (the music of Nick Drake)

Friday 17th LINCOLN Terry O’Toole Theatre

Saturday 18th DERBY, Guildhall Theatre

Sunday 19th BIRMINGHAM Town Hall

Hope to see you at one of the gigs!

For full band line-up please see below.

Here’s the official press release:



Pic.by Leonie Hampton

Julian Siegel sets out on a new stage in his career launching his new nineteen piece, all-star jazz orchestra with a major UK Tour in March 2017 produced by Derby Jazz, with support from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and EMJAZZ .

JULIAN SIEGEL is an in-demand saxophonist on the UK and European Jazz scene who has worked with many of the top figures in the music. He was awarded the 2007 BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist and the 2011 London Jazz Award. In March 2017 Julian takes the brand new Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra on the road for the first time, this ‘handpicked’ and stellar line-up features some of Julian’s favourite players on the UK and European scene and represents a fulfillment of a long standing wish to bring this line up together, it promises to be a big party and celebration……Not to be missed!

Conducted by Nick Smart the Jazz Orchestra includes Saxophonists Stan Sulzmann, Jason Yarde and Tori Freestone, Trumpeters Henry Lowther and Claus Stoetter (invited over from the NDR Big Band, Hamburg), Trombonist Mark Nightingale and Guitarist Mike Outram, all based around the dynamic and creative rhythm section of his long standing group the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring Liam Noble, Oli Hayhurst and Gene Calderazzo.


Saxes / Clarinets / Compositions / Arrangements    

Julian Siegel


Nick Smart


Tom Walsh

Percy Pursglove

Henry Lowther

Claus Stoetter

Alto Saxophones

Mike Chillingworth

Jason Yarde

Tenor Saxophones

Stan Sulzmann

Tori Freestone

Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet

Gemma Moore


Mark Nightingale

Trevor Mires

Harry Brown

Bass Trombone and Tuba

Richard Henry


Mike Outram


Liam Noble

Double and Electric Bass

Oli Hayhurst


Gene Calderazzo

In small band situations Julian has recorded and toured internationally with his band the Julian Siegel Quartet, with his New York trio featuring Joey Baron and Greg Cohen and with Partisans, co-led for 20 years with guitarist Phil Robson. In large ensembles Julian has played and recorded with Big Bands including Kenny Wheeler on the album ‘The Long Waiting’ (CAM Jazz), Andrew Hill, Hermeto Pascoal, Mike Gibbs 70th Birthday tour (alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum), Steve Gray, Django Bates’ ‘Delightful Precipice’, John Taylor, Jazz Jamaica, Stan Sulzmann, John Dankworth’s Generation Big Band , NDR Big Band with Al Jarreau, Colin Towns Mask Orchestra, Allan Ganley, Hans Koller ‘New Memories’ with Steve Lacy, BBC Big Band with Maceo Parker, Jason Yarde’s ‘Acoutastic Bombastic’ and Hal Willner’s Nino Rota Project ‘Amarcord’ with Carla Bley, Nitin Sawhney and Rita Marcotulli

Inspired by these great experiences playing the music of some of the most important Jazz composers of this generation, and coupled with a long standing wish to write for larger ensemble, Julian here brings the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra together for the first time, embarking on it’s debut UK tour in March 2017 with the grateful assistance Derby Jazz, Arts Council England and EMJAZZ (East Midlands Jazz).


The music the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra will play on its first UK Tour will feature Julian’s new music for Jazz Orchestra, from re-imaginings and expansions of Julian’s music for small band to a new piece commissioned by Derby Jazz specially for this tour. ‘Tales from the Jacquard’ draws inspiration from the lacemaking process and the Jacquard cards, which controlled the lace knitting machines. (Julian’s parents and family ran a lace manufacturing business in Nottingham’s lace market for 50 years). Julian would like to thank Cluny Lace, Ilkeston, Derbyshire for their great help in researching this piece www.clunylace.com

In recent years Julian has been commissioned by NYJO, the Voice of the North Orchestra and he wrote a set of music for a concert in the Guildhall Jazz Festival with the Guildhall Jazz Band directed by Scott Stroman. In November 2015 NYJO released their latest Album ‘NYJO 50(Whirlwind) with Julian’s ‘Mama Badgers’ for Jazz Orchestra being the first piece on the new double album, with Julian as featured soloist on the piece. NYJO regularly perform ‘Mama Badgers’ in their live shows, most recently at their sold out concerts in the London Jazz Festival November 2015 and Ronnie Scotts Club in January 2016 and it continues to be a favourite with the band on the road.

Mark Armstrong (NYJO MD) writes

“Julian Siegel’s piece for NYJO has successfully synthesised his unique personal voice as a writer with a strong feeling for and extension of the big band tradition. Julian’s piece ‘Mama Badgers’ is an innovative extension of the funk genre with a tightly controlled form that allows solo space for improvising musicians as well as colourful harmony and bold melodic contours.”


 Julian and Geoff Wright of Derby Jazz are both available for interview.

Contact Julian through Anne Rigg at right_tempo@icloud.com

Contact Geoff Wright at Geoff@derby-jazz.co.uk


“A world class saxophonist” – Jazz UK.

” One of Europe’s leading jazz player-composers, his ability to turn demanding structures into expressive, direct music shows why he’s in the limelight” John Fordham, The Guardian June 2015

“It takes only two tracks of this celebratory double album NYJO 50 to establish the breadth, maturity and technical excellence of this long-established proving ground of UK jazz talent.The intricate patchwork of riffs and dramatic tempo changes of “Mama Badgers” leads into the supple sonorities of the aptly-titled “Dreams”… fresh-minted arrangements, full-on blare with gentle balladry and contemporary funk.“ – Mike Hobart Financial Times, November , 2015

”Beyond the cut and thrust dynamics of his tenor playing, the swirling shapes of his soprano or the aquatic breathing of his bass clarinet, it’s the strength of Siegel’s voice as a conceptualist and composer that really makes “Close-Up” work. Interfacing between the worlds of straight-ahead, free improv and dance grooves, Siegel posits his sonic world with a coherence and strength of character that reflects the lucidity of a man who knows exactly who he is. No matter what he plays.’

Kevin Le Gendre, Echoes review of Julian’s debut solo album “Close Up” (2002)

“Kept an awestruck audience on tenterhooks” Jazz UK on the Julian Siegel Trio, Vortex

“Siegel’s tunes are a mix of fiendish, time-twisting grooves, building riffs and brightly hummable melodies, never mere blowing exercises, their through-composed nature gives them real drama and momentum.”

Edward Randell on the Julian Siegel Quartet– MusicOMH

“Fast becoming a national treasure of the reeds” Jez Nelson Jazz on 3, QEH London Jazz Festival

“Approaches the depth and sensitivity of a Wayne Shorter or Stan Getz.” Straight No Chaser ,1997

” That lissom, free – wheeling saxophonist, Siegel’s wailing, swerving lines burst with character” John Fordham, The Guardian

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