Julian Siegel Orchestra
Julian Siegel has won international acclaim with his own quartet, his New York trio and with the band he's co-led for 20 years, Partisans. He has also worked with big bands of Andrew Hill, Kenny Wheeler, Hermeto Pascoal, Mike Gibbs, The BBC Big Band and many others.
In recent years, Julian has been writing music for jazz orchestra, including The Voice of the North Orchestra, and more recently for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. With tonight's concert, Julian has handpicked a special line-up for his 18-piece ensemble which includes Stan Sulzmann, Jason Yarde, Henry Lowther, Liam Noble, and a whole host of the finest UK jazz musicians.
The programme will feature Julian's new music for Jazz Orchestra, from re-imaginings and expansions of his music for small bands to a new piece commissioned by Derby Jazz specially for this tour. 'TALES FROM THE JACQUARD' draws inspiration from the lacemaking process and the Jacquard cards, which controlled the lace knitting machines. (Julian's parents and family ran a lace manufacturing business in Nottingham's lace market for 50 years).