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Date: 16/3/2024
Time: Bar 7:30 pm / music 8:30 pm
Price: £15 on the door and Eventbrite
Table booking (11AM-8PM): 07583969014
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Saturday 16 March 2024

Julian Nicholas Quartet with Jakub Cywinski, Tobie Carpenter, and Mike Pickering.

The one-off coming-together of 4 elements; playing Julian’s sophisticated and melodic compositions and re-framed covers from Ellington to Marvin Gaye!

Saxophonist, composer, and educator Julian Nicholas recorded live, for BBC broadcast, at Ronnie Scott’s, upon the return of ‘Loose Tubes’ in 2015, with ‘The Cloggz’, at the South Coast Jazz Festival in 2016, and alongside Claire Martin, live from The Barbican in 2017. He co-founded and curated with Claire Martin O.B.E. the much-celebrated South Coast Jazz Festival (2015-18)

He has worked with Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Lee Wilson, Carleen Anderson, Lianne Carroll, Imogen Ryall, Eddie Henderson, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Kirk Lightsey, Bobby Wellins, Nikki Iles, Eddie Parker, Stan Tracey, Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana - among many others.

Julian co-composed a BAFTA-nominated film score in 1993. His band played opposite Nina Simone in 1989 and 1990. From 2013 - 2020 he was course leader of the celebrated Jazz Foundation at Chichester College. He is a tutor and assistant director of ‘The Original UK Jazz Summer School’ at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Jakub Cywinski – the virtuoso Polish bassist whom Julian met and recorded with on David Beebee’s brilliant “Quartet” album:

Tobie Carpenter – stunning rising guitar star employing Frisell-to-Schofield depth and sophistication in all styles.

Mike Pickering –drum virtuoso who has worked with Tiger Lillies, Billy Jenkins, Eddie Parker, Jason Yarde, and Hank Wangford among others.

“Here is something different, well-conceived and rhythmically vibrant – composition and conception make for a totally compelling performance” - Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise

“Nicholas is characteristically sure-footed and affecting - he has one of the most winsome tenor sounds in the UK and his soprano tone is simply exemplary in its keening purity “ - Chris Parker, The Times

“One of the country's finest saxophonists” – Jazzviews

“Julian Nicholas is a saxophonist of not only great technical prowess but also delicacy of expression and intensity of feeling. He has exciting and expressive qualities alongside a faultless technique” - Tony Hall, Jazz the Magazine

“Loose Tubes and Brotherhood of Breath prodigy turned Brit-jazz sax institution” - Mat Snow, Jazzwise

Line up:

Julian Nicholas - saxophones

Kuba Cywinski - bass

Tobie Carpenter - guitar

Mike Pickering - drums



Video 2. (Julian Nicholas & Emil Viklicky Quartet live in Prague): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZrGO9tZVb0

Julian Nicholas Quartet z Jakubem Cywińskim, Tobie Carpenterem i Mike Pickeringiem!

Jednorazowe połączenie 4 myzycznych żywiołów; grających wyrafinowane i melodyjne kompozycje Juliana oraz odkryte na nowo covery od Ellingtona do Marvina Gaye’a!

„Oto coś innego, dobrze przemyślanego i pełnego rytmu – kompozycja i koncepcja składają się na całkowicie fascynujący występ” – Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise

„Nicholas jest charakterystycznie pewny i poruszający – dysponuje jednym z najbardziej urzekających brzmień tenorowych w Wielkiej Brytanii, a jego ton sopranowy jest po prostu wzorcowy pod względem przenikliwej czystości” – Chris Parker, The Times

„Jeden z najlepszych saksofonistów w kraju” – Jazzviews

„Julian Nicholas to saksofonista charakteryzujący się nie tylko dużą sprawnością techniczną, ale także delikatnością wyrazu i intensywnością uczuć. Ma ekscytujące i ekspresyjne cechy w połączeniu z nienaganną techniką” – Tony Hall, Jazz the Magazine


Julian Nicholas – saksofony

Kuba Cywiński – bas

Tobie Carpenter – gitara

Mike Pickering – perkusja

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