Julian Siegel has established himself as a powerful saxophone player and individual writer on the flourishing UK and European Jazz Scene. In 2007 he was awarded the BBC Jazz Award for ‘Best Instrumentalist’ and in 2011 the London Festival Fringe ‘London Jazz Award’. His current bands are the Julian Siegel Trio with Downtown NYC improvising stars drummer Joey Baron and bassist Greg Cohen, the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring pianist Liam Noble, the band has just released the CD ‘Urban Theme Park’ to critical acclaim, and the influential band Partisans, co-led with the in-demand guitarist Phil Robson since 1996 .
He has played with Gary Husband’s ‘Drive’, Django Bates’ Human Chain, NYC performance artist/violinist Laurie Anderson and pianist/singer-songwriter Steve Nieve, The Smith Quartet, Kirk Lightsey, Norma Winstone, Robert Mitchell, Byron Wallen and Jason Palmer’s Quartet featuring Jeff Ballard and Michael Janisch. He is a member of Oren Marshall’s ‘Charming Transport Band’ featuring musicians from Ghana and Nigeria. Julian has played in large ensembles led by Andrew Hill, Mike Gibbs alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum, the Hermeto Pascoal UK Big Band, Django Bates Delightful Precipice, John Taylor Big Band, Jazz Jamaica, Kenny Wheeler, Colin Towns with the NDR, John Dankworth, Hans Koller New Memories Band with Steve Lacy and with Jason Yarde’s ‘Acoutastic Bombastic’. He has performed with vocalists Cleo Laine, Beverley Knight, Joe Lee Wilson, Liane Carroll, Eddi Reader, Charlene Spiteri, Jacqueline Dankworth, Lizz Wright, Juliet Roberts, Keziah Jones, Terri Walker, Christine Tobin and punk rock legend Steve Ignorant (formerly of Crass).