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Julian Nicholas

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Julian learned clarinet with Nicholas Bucknall at John Roan School, Greenwich from 1976 to 1983, when he went to York University and continued with Alan Hacker. He studied saxophone with Tony Coe, Don Rendell, Bobby Wellins. Julian didn't fit into the critics and promoters templates, necessarily, stylistically gravitating towards African rhythms with Western harmonies in his compositions, as well as the influence of folk music through artists such as John Surman, but he managed to pop up as a mainstream-to-modern freelancer with some of the legendary names of jazz from a very young age, as well as with reggae bands and on garage recordings. Perhaps over-shadowed by such a burgeoning wave of saxophone talent in the 1980s, his relative obscurity can also be attributed to him moving to Brighton and in 1988 taking on single-parenting his daughter from her first year. Julian also ran a jazz club, The Junction in Brighton in 1990 - booking 150 gigs in its first year, and bringing the new wave of talent to Brighton, as well as South African, Brazilian and European bands who otherwise had no promotion on the South Coast. Julian is a member of the great 'Loose Tubes' as well as Eddie Parker's own group 'Mr Vertigo', Mark Edwards 'The Cloggz', 'The Brotherhood Of Breath', 'Trees', and many more. Julian has worked with Carleen Anderson Red Rodney Harry 'Sweets' Edison Jimmy Witherspoon Bobby Wellins Oleta Adams Will Gaines Joe Lee Wilson Mark Lockhart’s ‘Big Idea’ Martha Reeves Loose Tubes Chris McGregor's 'Brotherhood of Breath' Dudu Pukwana London Jazz Composers' Orchestra Ernest Mothle Stan Tracey Claire Martin Eddie Henderson Kirk Lightsey Arnie Lawrence Balugi Shrivastav Bosco D’Olivera Selena Jones Edwin Starr Osibisa Toyah Wilcox Liane Carroll Spike Wells Hazel O’Connor A Man Called Adam Belle And Sebastian 'Dedication Orchestra' Eddie Parker Pete Jacobsen Peter Saberton Don Weller Laurie Cottle and Emily Saunders, among many others. In 2009 Julian achieved his PGCE with a category 1, took a full-time teaching position in a secondary school and four years later took up the leadership of the famous Chichester Jazz course of 35 years. Albums include Mountain People, Heavy plant Crossing (Arts Council supported 1997) Food Of Love, Square Groove, One January Morning (Anöna Trio), David Beebee Quartet, One Two Three Four, Sawdust & Spangles (The Cloggz), Dancing On Frith Street (Loose Tubes) among many others

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Musical Portrait Of Cortex

Read "A Musical Portrait Of Cortex" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova


For this new installment of our “50/50" series, we asked the members of Cortex (Thomas Johansson, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, Ola Høyer, Gard Nilssen), one of the most interesting groups in the burgeoning Norwegian jazz scene, to choose five tracks that inspired them in their music making. We then completed the selection with five other tracks taken ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath: Eclipse At Dawn

Read "Eclipse At Dawn" reviewed by Nic Jones


This one only goes to show how easy review writing can sometimes be. Imagine a band that on the occasion captured for posterity here consisted of eleven pieces caught on a night when they were in sparkling form. That doesn't do it justice. Arguably as much a political statement by dint of its very being as ...

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Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath: Eclipse at Dawn

Read "Eclipse at Dawn" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


The advent of a recording from the Brotherhood of Breath is a time of eager anticipation. The band was always inventive, their music challenging. They rode the winds of free jazz, added the flavor of dance music and enticed with the beat of the kwela. They bring all these elements together once more on this live ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath: Eclipse at Dawn

Read "Eclipse at Dawn" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Si può solo intuire quale poteva essere l’impatto sul pubblico di una esibizione dal vivo della Brotherhood of Breath, la formazione allestita agli inizi degli anni Settanta da Chris McGregor sulle ceneri degli storici Blue Notes. Si può solo immaginare, perché il valore musicale e di testimonianza storica di Eclipse at Dawn, ad opera della meritoria ...

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Traveling Somewhere

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: MRA; Restless; Ismite Is Might; Kongi's Theme; Wood Fire; The Bride; Traveling Somewhere; Think of Something; Do It.

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Article: Album Review

Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath: Traveling Somewhere

Read "Traveling Somewhere" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The story of pianist Chris McGregor's life and music is like that of many creative South African musicians: a tale of trial and redemption. McGregor trained classically in South Africa, playing jazz on the side. After finishing school, he joined with mixed-race bands that prevented him from surviving in the racist South African climate. Soon after ...


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