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Julie Sassoon

British pianist/composer Julie Sassoon is classically trained on piano and violin. She graduated in music and visual arts from Lancaster University in 1988, winning the university prize for piano performance, and later completed postgraduate studies in jazz piano and Indian violin at Leeds College of Music. She came to the attention of critics and audiences in 2000, when she formed the remarkable Azilut! trio with Bart van Helsdingen (twice nominated Best Jazz Drummer in the Netherlands), and Lothar Ohlmeier (tenor and soprano saxophone, bass clarinet). They released their album “To The Power Of Three” in 2001 on the Babel Label


Article: Live Review

Lana Meets Jazz - X Edizione

Read "Lana Meets Jazz - X Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Lana Meets Jazz Lana (BZ) 15-20.06.2022 Sarà per lo spazio dedicato agli allievi delle scuole di musica locali, cui viene offerta la possibilità di esibirsi e condividere il palco con musicisti affermati. O forse per una programmazione musicale che non ha timore di affiancare avanguardia e tradizione, musiche popolari e di ricerca, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

David Krakauer, Julie Sassoon, Maximilian Hering, Kamasi Washington & More New Releases

Read "David Krakauer, Julie Sassoon, Maximilian Hering, Kamasi Washington & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If you need certainties to anchor your life in these confusing times, purchase the latest album by David Krakauer and you'll find that there are a few things that never fail to bring joy. The same goes for the heart-warming, and leg warming, old school soul and funk that is featured on this playlist, and the ...


Article: Album Review

Julie Sassoon Quartet: Voyages

Read "Voyages" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As on a high speed, downhill slalom chase, listeners are suddenly, nakedly and without poles hurled into “Missed Calls"; the opening burst of sublime energy and groupthink cracks Voyages wide open, sets the mad, determined pace and tone for a craftily organic, six-song, free-jazz adventure which never lets up. It is breakneck rhythm churning, keening, into ...



Label: Jazzwerkstatt
Released: 2021
Track listing: Missed Calls; Shifting; Waltz With Me; Jerusalem; Outside; Melody.


If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside

Label: Jazzwerkstatt
Released: 2021
Track listing: At the Water Tower; Murmuration.


Article: Album Review

Julie Sassoon: If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside

Read "If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As we've learned time and time again throughout this sick year, 2021, not many humans are ready to completely surrender themselves for the good of their fellow kind. So it's truly a beautiful thing when Berlin based pianist Julie Sassoon surrenders so completely to her instrument and the moment that, like a medium, reveals mysteries to ...


Article: Album Review

Julie Sassoon: If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside

Read "If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

American novelist and short story writer Stephen King has said that he thinks his stories are “found things, like fossils in the ground...relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world." He goes on to say that, as a writer, it is his job to reveal as much of this fossil as he can. Interesting, and maybe true. ...


Article: Album Review

Frances Shelley: A Place That Exists

Read "A Place That Exists" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Pianist Frances Shelley's third solo album, A Place That Exists, is an intriguing, atmospheric collection. Though she describes her approach as “neo-classical," Shelley might equally be described as an instant composer. Classically-influenced, she has for some years explored the potential for bringing that influence together with improvisation and electronics, with her musical partner Matthew Bickerton.



Label: Jazzwerkstatt
Released: 2019
Track listing: Live in Munich: If You Ever Change Your Mind; Twilight; The Unfortunate Miss Jones; Pygmy Song; Soulplay; rbb session: The Cormorant.


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