Confirming the jazz solo piano is today in great hands, JBGB Events bring together four of the UK’s greatest living jazz pianists in a 4 weekly concert series in April 2022, in the new venue Piano Smithfield at London’s Barbican, to showcase the wonder that is the jazz piano, and to present our pianists’ different and remarkable jazz solo piano talents.
Julian Joseph – April 28
“The most significant jazz musician this country has produced for many years, perhaps ever." - Peter Hepple, The Stage
Acclaimed as one of the finest jazz musicians to emerge this side of the Atlantic, Julian has devoted his long career to championing jazz across the British Isles and into the far corners of the globe. He has forged a reputation beyond his formidable skills as a composer and performer, and is universally recognised as a highly knowledgable and engaging broadcaster, musical ambassador and cultural advocate.
Over the past 35 years, Julian has made ground-breaking advances for jazz in the UK and was the first to headline a late-night concert at the BBC Proms with his All Star Big Band. As a composer Julian has written original works for symphony orchestra, big band and chamber ensemble, and received major commissions from the BBC, the City of London Festival and the London Jazz Festival.
His operas and dance works have given children a rare opportunity to perform in and discover both classical and jazz music. Trench Brothers (2014) – dramatised Black British soldiers’ experiences of the First World War and his new operatic work, based on the legend of Tristan and Isolde, was premiered to critical acclaim at London’s Southbank Centre in the autumn of 2018.
His duo performances in the Steinway 2-Pianos Jazz Festival at Pizza Express Jazz Club with Jason Rebello, have become established favourites with sold out audiences
Julian has been at the forefront of initiatives to introduce jazz into mainstream music education, culminating in the foundation of his own Jazz Academy in 2013. He has published his first book, “Music of Initiative”, in 2018, sharing insights into the philosophy and practice of jazz performance.
Enjoy this taste of Julian Joseph, a fabulous artist
The piano is unquestionably the most all encompassing jazz instrument.
With individual notes; scales; arpeggios, chords; tones and harmonics, it’s capable of embracing the widest possible range of feelings and emotions. It’s a challenge for anyone attempting to master its potential.
Over the years many new styles in jazz have been created and been mastered in many different ways, such as Ragtime, Stride, Boogie Woogie, Swing, Modal and many more.
And the genius list of pianists includes, among many others, those who changed the face of jazz:
Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Earl Hines, Errol Garner, Herbie Hancock, James P. Johnson, Teddy Johnson, Scott Joplin, Thelonius Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, George Shearing, Horace Silver, Art Tatum, McCoy Tyner and Fats Waller.
plus £1.50 booking fee