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Julian Costello

Julian Costello is a London-based saxophonist, composer and teacher. He studied at Trinity College of Music and writes the music for the Julian Costello Quartet. He plays in a number of Jazz Big Bands, in a Vocal/Cello and Guitar trio and in a World Music trio called Vertigo with Tabla/Percussion, Oud/Guitar and Soprano Saxophone. Transitions, the last album by the Julian Costello Quartet was released on 33 Jazz Records. It was recorded at Artesuono Studios in Italy and mixed and mastered by ECM engineer Stefano Amerio. The Quartet is due to release a new album called Connections on 33Jazz Records on Friday 6th March 2020. This new quirky quartet has completed two tours of the UK with support from The Arts Council of England and concerts in France, Germany, Poland and belgium. It features International musicians Maciek Pysz on Guitar, Yuri Goloubev/Jakub Cywinski/Michele Tacchi on Bass and Adam Teixeira on Drums. Vertigo features Julian on Soprano Sax, Stefanos Tsourelis on Oud/Guitar and Adam Teixeira on Tabla/Percussion. They play a spicy mix of World Music colours and rhythms with a Western approach to improvisation. Julian is also a private teacher and runs Jazz based workshops.


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Julian Costello is a sax lyricist, telling his stories of life’s ups and downs with perfect alteration of tone to impart strength, humour and even frailty at times whilst the other players intuitively alter their stances, apart from their solo passages, where their inner nature springs to the fore. This is a great album, strong, tenacious in its quality and simply makes a great listen. “Sammie Stein “This is highly melodic music that is readily accessible, but consistently intriguing and full of rhythmic sophistication. It all makes for a very distinctive album and one that deserves to do well” Ian Mann. “Once in a while, an album like this appears on the horizon, becoming the unputdownable “Earworm” that Costello portrays at the heart of his colourful recording” Adrian Pallant London Jazz News.
Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

London

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

PGCE Music. Post Graduate Certificate in the Saxophone Trinity College of Music. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.

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Transitions

33 Jazz
2017

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