Julien Wilson

Jazz Musician | Saxophonist


"Beautifully melodic concept to both improvisation and composition. His tone is really something to behold"


  • About Julien Wilson

    For the last two decades Julien has been an exciting and integral member of the Australian Jazz Scene. His tenor saxophone style can cover an incredibly broad stylistic and emotional range and is featured on over 50 CD's. He has received a number of prestigious awards, both personally, and as an integral member of a number of critically acclaimed co-operative bands. In 2013 he formed Lionsharecords to release and distribute his own recordings.

    Breaking News
    The follow up album to This Is Always has just been released. Recorded live in Sydney, This Narrow Isthmus is now available on CD and as a 24bit download. Australian alto sax legend David Ades' final album A Life In A Day has also just been released concurrently through Lionsharecords. It features an 8 page booklet with liner notes, photos and art by Dave's family and friends.

    Julien was awarded the 2015 APRA Art Music Award for EXCELLENCE IN JAZZ in a presentation ceremony held at Angel Place in Sydney on August 11th.

    Lionsharecords albums are #2 & #7 in the Birdland Records 2014 Best Sellers List (Updated December 22nd to #2 & #10)

    Swailing by the Julien Wilson Trio was a finalist in 2014 for The Age Music Victoria Genre Award for Best Jazz Album. Dave Sumner's album review is now online at Bird is the Worm.

    'This is Always' initial pressing sold out in less than a year. The album was a finalist for an AIR Award for Best Independent Jazz Album. On May 1st 2014 Julien became the first artist to win three concurrent Australian Jazz Bell Awards for:
    Best Australian Jazz Ensemble - Julien Wilson Quartet
    Best Traditional Jazz Album - This is Always
    Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year - Trout River

    Julien's latest albums (This is Always and Swailing) are available online at lionsharecords.com. They are distributed through several boutique record stores in Australia and Japan. Links to distributors can be found here

    Recent Press Quotes (Live reviews)
    "Make no mistake: this band was just as exceptional and distinctive as (Joshua) Redman's, and the tenor playing more so." Sydney Morning Herald

    "He can create an air of majesty with a bold upward sweep on his tenor, or sustain a single, barely-perceptible note with the focus of a Zen monk." The Age

    "the most potent tenor to be heard in Australia these days... stupendous power, his sound so massive it seemed to threaten the structural integrity of the saxophone's bell" Sydney Morning Herald

    "Melbourne saxophonist Julien Wilson won three prizes at the Bell Awards last month, so expectations were high for his quartet — and they delivered mightily in one of the best performances of the festival." The Australian

    "He appears unable to play an ordinary solo." JazzwiseMagazine

    "Whether by stick, brush or hand, the much-loved Allan Browne was intent on being a team player, forever complementing his band members’ contributions." AustralianJazz.net

    "From the opener, Wilson showed again that he continues to play with assurance and to draw on deep inspiration that is clearly a sustaining force."
    Ausjazz Blog

    Recent Press Quotes (CD Reviews)
    "Julien is both subtle and magnificent. The tenor saxophone is like smoke, and it is like carved oak in his hands." John Clare

    "These two great new albums from top-level Australian jazz players can’t fail to enjoy widespread appeal." John McBeath

    "one of the great Australian jazz albums. The tenor seems to massage you as you listen. Wilson has simultaneously released a gorgeous album by his trio. Buy Both." John Shand

    "a level of maturity, and a storytelling quality that place him proudly in the lineage of such great tenor balladeers as Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Joe Lovano." Adrian Jackson

    "Wanhon ballad album impressive modern Australia gave birth!
    Is an Australian all-star quartet exactly"
    Feather (Japan)

    "they weave in and out with a beautiful precision that only experience can bring. Although mostly subdued, it is a strangely uplifting and enjoyable music." Michael Prescott (UK)

    "A very cool album, offering up plenty of intrigue and some stunning moments of beauty."Dave Sumner (USA)

    "Swailing is the magpie, picking from electric Miles, Massenet and Fats; This is Always is the osprey, its eye fixed on the one prize. Both are deliriously beautiful." John Hardaker

    Download a Press Release for:
    This is Always - Julien Wilson Quartet
    Swailing - Julien Wilson Trio

    Recent CD Reviews
    Swailing - Bird is the Worm - Dec 2014
    Sweethearts - JazzwiseMagazine - May 2014
    Swailing - TheMusicTrust - May 2014
    Swailing - JazzwiseMagazine - April 2014
    Swailing + This is Always - Australianjazz.net - March 2014
    This is Always - Sydney Morning Herald - March 2014
    Sweethearts - JazzandBeyond - March 2014
    Sweethearts - TheMusicTrust - March 2014
    Swailing + This is Always - RhythmsMagazine - Feb2014
    This is Always ***** - JazzandBeyond - Jan2014
    Sweethearts - AustralianJazz.net - Jan2014
    Sweethearts - RhythmsMagazine - Dec2013
    This is Always - AustralianJazz.net - Nov2013
    Swailing + This is Always - The Australian - Nov2013
    Sweethearts - The Australian - Sep2013

    2013 Wangaratta Jazz Festival:
    "could have been re-named the Wangaratta Julien Festival". AusJazz.net

    "There were excellent performances by overseas artists, although the most unforgettable came from Australians. Saxophonist Julien Wilson lent his astonishing (and ever-deepening) artistry to many of these while Barney McAll's solo and trio shows were deliciously soulful." The Age - Best of 2013

    "But it was saxophonist Julien Wilson who really dominated this year’s festival. Wilson’s performances were genuine highlights of the Festival." addictedtonoise.com.au
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Featured Songs

  • Creole Rhapsody

    Creole Rhapsody

  • This is Always

    This is Always

    This is Always
  • Midway


  • Princess Doug of Fitzroy

    Princess Doug of Fitzroy

  • The Party’s Over

    The Party’s Over

    This is Always
  • Stagger