Julien Wilson

Saxophonist

2017 – Europe

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2017 – Europe

It’s confirmed. Stu Hunter is taking The Migration, a ten piece ensemble featuring some of Australia’s finest musicians, to Germany to participate in Jazzahead in Bremen in late April. I’m putting out feelers for other opportunities to play my own music and collaborate with local musicians in Europe between Easter and early May. Please contact info@julienwilson.com if you would...

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2017: Try turning it OFF and ON again

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2016 came to a close (musically and personally) with an extended season at Bennetts Lane culminating in an all too rare gig with my trio aka ‘Julio & the Stevies’. 2017 is opening in a similar fashion: an extra special event and lots of gigs at Bennetts Lane. It’s going to be hard to top the first gig of the year. The 12ToneDiamonds reunion at 303 on Jan 4th was totally...

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Julien Wilson Quintet review: No fake excitement: this was the real thing

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Julien Wilson Quintet review: No fake excitement: this was the real thing

REVIEW AUGUST 8 2016 John Shand JULIEN WILSON QUINTET Photo by Peter Karp The Sound Lounge, August 6 ★★★★½ Excitement can be faked, but this was the real thing. You felt the packed room of disparate souls knitting together in a shared response to exhilarating music. The Julien Wilson Quartet won much acclaim for swimming in the most central channel of the wide river called jazz. That band (with...

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Breaking News

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Breaking News

Jan2016: 2016 has got off to an absolutely cracking start. Stu Hunter’s new Epic suite The Migration was launched at the Sydney Festival on Jan 9th. Andrea Keller, Sam Anning and I debuted the new Transients Trio at Lazarus Lane.  Zac Hurren and I toured Australia playing music from David Ades’ A LIFE IN A DAY, the first album to be released on Lionsharecords that doesn’t...

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David Ades A LIFE IN A DAY Press

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David Ades A LIFE IN A DAY Press

CD REVIEWS FreeJazzBlog April 23rd 2016 David Ades – A Life In A Day (Lionsharecords 2015) ★★★★½ By Derek Stone       A Life In A Day was recorded on September 18, 2013. Three weeks later, alto saxophonist David Ades passed away, a victim to the lung cancer that he had been battling for nearly two years. Ades undoubtedly knew that any day could be his last, but he never...

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Live Reviews – May/June 2014

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Live Reviews – May/June 2014

Julien Wilson Quartet review: Tenor sax proves he’s up there with the greats June 15, 2014 – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Springwood Presbyterian Hall, June 14 The tenor saxophone is so deeply embedded in jazz that the sound of Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster or John Coltrane is like the music’s conscience. The recent rush of international artists...

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Killer review of Barney McAll’s CD Launch in Sydney on July 25th 2015

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Barney McAll review: The year’s most exhilarating night of music John Shand Published: July 26, 2015 Barney McAll’s ASIO 505, July 25 Duke Ellington wrote compositions with specific members of his magnificent orchestra in mind and Thelonious Monk wrote to suit his singular approach to the piano. Given that the jazz composer’s job is to inspire improvisers, Barney McAll has...

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The year’s most exhilarating night of music

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Barney McAll review: The year’s most exhilarating night of music July 26, 2015 – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald Reviewer rating: 4.5*s Barney McAll’s ASIO 505, July 25 Duke Ellington wrote compositions with specific members of his magnificent orchestra in mind and Thelonious Monk wrote to suit his singular approach to the piano. Given that the jazz composer’s job is to...

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Julien Wilson Quartet @ Stonnington Jazz Festival 2015

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Stonnington Jazz Festival: double bill a soulful celebration May 17, 2015 – Jessica Nicholas, The Age JULIEN WILSON QUARTET / KRISTIN BERARDI & JAMES SHERLOCK – 4 stars Malvern Town Hall, May 16 This time last year, saxophonist Julien Wilson scored a hat trick at the Bell Awards when his quartet album This is Always took first place in three different categories. The album is,...

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Birdland Records Top 30 – 2014

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‘Swailing’ and ‘This is Always’ both made it in to the 2014 Best Sellers List at #8! & #2!!, along with Jonathan Zwartz’s ‘The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air’ at #3. Incredibly exciting news considering the record label was launched less than a year ago. Birdland Top30...

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Swailing Review – Jazzwise

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Swailing Review – Jazzwise

Julien Wilson Trio
 Swailing
 lionsharecords LSR 20142 ★★★ Julien Wilson (ts, b cl, ss), Stephen Magnusson (g), Steve Grant (acc) Swailing is a very Australian concept, a controlled burn of the bush aimed at promoting regrowth. In spite of the title, the music on this CD has a very European feel, at times reminiscent of an ECM recording, no doubt as a consequence of the unusual composition of...

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This Is Always CD Review – The Age

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This Is Always CD Review – The Age

The Age – March 23rd 2014 JAZZ This Is Always JULIEN WILSON (LIONSHARECORDS) ****1/2 A tenor saxophone making gentle, sensuous jazz is a grand tradition, like paddle-steamers cruising on wide, slow rivers. Ben Webster Plays Ballads remains one of jazz’s must-have recordings, and now Julien Wilson eases his own tenor into that tradition, in the process creating one of the great Australian...

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Swailing + This is Always – Double review in Rhythms

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Swailing + This is Always – Double review in Rhythms

Rhythms – February 2014 Julien Wilson Trio – Swailing Also Julien Wilson – This is Always lionsharecords Melbourne saxophonist Julien Wilson had an interesting 2013, the lowlight being a  minor surgery gone wrong, which saw him hospitalised for a couple of weeks (at one stage in serious danger), and unable to play for another several weeks. Happily, he bounced back in time to...

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This is Always CD Review on AustralianJazz.net

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This is Always CD Review on AustralianJazz.net

This Is Always (Lionsharecords)
 Julien Wilson Quartet Review by John Clare – Nov 21st 2013 These are curious and poignant days for those of us who have felt connections to a stream of Australian music that began flowing as far back as the 1940s with Graeme and Roger Bell and their colleagues (who in turn connected us to Rex Stewart, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll and all that...

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This is Always + Swailing – Feature Review in The Australian

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This is Always + Swailing – Feature Review in The Australian

This is Always Julien Wilson Quartet Lionsharecords 4.5 stars Swailing Julien Wilson Trio Lionsharecords 4.5 stars Review by John McBeath – Nov 16th 2013 MELBOURNE saxophonist Julien Wilson was one of the highlights of this month’s Wangaratta Jazz Festival where, among other appearances, he launched his quartet album, This is Always. Considering that only six weeks earlier Wilson had...

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Reviews of 2013 Wangaratta Jazz Festival

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Reviews of 2013 Wangaratta Jazz Festival

Excerpts from Ausjazz Blog Review by Roger Mitchell – Nov 6th 2013 and AddictedToNoise review by Des Cowley – Nov 19th 2013 WIZARDS OF OZ REVIEW: Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, November 1–3, 2013 It’s not easy to sum up a weekend of music in a few words, but whatever else can be said about the 2013 Wangaratta Jazz and Blues festival, there was an abundance of imaginative...

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Sweethearts CD Reviews

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Sweethearts CD Reviews

The Australian – Sept 7th 2013 EACH player in this trio is foremost in Australia on his instrument, although ex-Perth bassist Sam Anning has relocated to New York. Saxophonist Julien Wilson and drummer Allan Browne are long-term luminaries in Melbourne, where the album was recorded. The 11 tracks are comprised of five pieces by Anning, one by Wilson and five well-selected standards. With...

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