The Julien Wilson Quartet
From their 2018 gig at the former ANU Popup Village, we present this exciting quartet. Julien’s original music for quartet with sax/guitar/bass/drums has been performed by many mutations over the years, including his Sydney quartet, The Coathangers. In 2011 The Julien Wilson Quartet was re-incarnated as “B for Chicken” with an all-new line-up. The powerhouse band features Craig Fermanis (guitar), Chris Hale (bass) and Hugh Harvey (drums).
Julien Wilson is the recipient of the 2015 APRA Art Music Award for Excellence in Jazz, a trifecta of Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards in 2014, the 2008 ‘Bell’ Award for ‘Australian Jazz Artist of the Year’, the 2006 Music Council of Australia/Freedman Fellowship for Jazz, and the 1994 National Jazz Award. The funds from the Freedman Fellowship enabled him to record an album in New York with Jim Black and Mark Helias, and take his trio on a three week European tour that included two sold out performances at the Berlin Jazz Festival.
“one of the most exciting musicians in the country…Wilson was always the real thing, exploiting the instrument’s warmth and sonic breadth to make gripping statements. The Melbourne saxophonist arrived on a shock wave in the early ‘90s and has been vital to Australian creative music since.” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding voices on the tenor saxophone for over a decade” The Bulletin
JW – Photo by Ross Cockle
Produced and presented by Chris Deacon OAM