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Saxophonist and composer – various bands including Cloggz, Brotherhood Of Breath, Anona Trio, Julian Nicholas Band, Drawtones – as well as soloist/ sessions/ teaching

Albums such as ‘Mountain People’, ‘Heavy Plant Crossing’, and ‘Food Of Love’ were built around Julian’s compositions. The current line-up of the band is perfect for the cross-genre melodies and grooves long associated with Julian’s style.

Performing with Julian are:
Imogen Ryall – vocals and lyrics
Mark Edwards/ Simon Robinson – piano and keyboards
Tim Robertson – upright bass and electric bass
Darren A. Beckett – drums
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Saxophonist, composer and bandleader, Julian Nicholas has recently been heard on Radio 3, recorded live from Ronnie Scott’s with the great ‘Loose Tubes’, with ‘The Cloggz’, recorded at the South Coast Jazz Festival, and with Claire Martin, recorded at The Barbican.
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He leads the 2-yr Jazz Foundation at Chichester College, co-curates the South Coast Jazz Festival with Claire Martin O.B.E., and has a B.A.F.T.A. nomination to his name.
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The legendary Bobby Wellins says of him “…his beautiful and creative playing makes Julian one of my favourite tenor saxophonists.”
Nina Simone requested that Julian support her for a second year running at ‘The Dome’, Brighton Festival 1991.
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He has recorded/ performed/ toured with among others, Claire Martin, Carleen Anderson, Loose Tubes, The Cloggz, Bobby Wellins, Stan Tracey, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Emil Viklicky, Liane Carroll, Eddie Parker.
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Here’s what the press have to say about Julian:

“Nicholas is characteristically sure-footed and affecting – he has one of the most winsome tenor sounds in the UK and his soprano tone is simply exemplary in its keening purity…” Chris Parker – Vortex Reviews

“Killer tunes executed with verve” Phil Johnston – Independent

Julian Nicholas is a saxophonist of not only great technical prowess but also delicacy of expression and intensity of feeling…….he has exciting and expressive qualities alongside a faultless technique.” Tony Hall – The Times

“Stylish and original”  Mike Hrebeniak – Jazz the Magazine

“Twenty years on, in short, a great deal of British jazz sounds like Loose Tubes’ music: quirky, adventurous, punchy, original, occasionally laced with irony and/or whimsy, partly because the likes of Mark Lockheart, Iain Ballamy, Django Bates, Eddie Parker, Chris Batchelor, John Parricelli, Martin France and Julian Nicholas have been at the heart of the UK scene during that period, but also because the original 21-piece band opened up, courtesy of its refreshing and good-humoured refusal to be exclusively influenced by the US jazz template, musical territory that is still being explored by bands in the new millennium.” – Vortex Reviews

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”Located on the South Coast, Nicholas has never courted to much publicity, but clearly knows the contemporary tenor lexicon well, leaning towards Rollins and Henderson, with even a hint of Getz in his sound.” Peter Vacher / Jazzwise“Loose Tubes/Brotherhood Of Breath saxist Julian Nicholas will need no introduction to followers of top-flight UK jazz: after a period out of the spotlight his profile has been rising again of late, and it’s a real treat to hear his slightly rough-edged, unsentimentally romantic tone, and unfailing instinct for finding the surest melodic path through the most abstruse harmony, in such sympathetic settings. He’s a real original talent and this music is perfectly suited to his conception” Eddie Myer/ Jazz Views“Julian Nicholas is one of the UKs finest tenor saxophonists and something of a well- kept secret. A true original, he is lauded by other musicians but has somehow escaped wider acclaim. From his early day days with the pioneering big band Loose Tubes to his more recent work with other large ensembles The Cloggz and Terry pack's Trees his playing always stands out as a highlight. He has a very personal sound on tenor saxophone, warm and embracing with just a little edginess and yearning in his tone that sets him apart. As a soloist he is not one to take the obvious route and can be pugnacious and whimsical by turns. Hi solos on Jobim's 'Samba De Uma Nota' is a delight, flowing from one idea to the next seamlessly. “ Nick Lea / Jazz Views“Julian Nicholas’ supple, expressive phrasing and tone are on rich display “ Mike Collins/ Jazzblogman“His beautiful and creative playing makes Julian one of my favourite saxophonists” - Bobby Wellins“Julian is one of those rare players whose playing is a direct reflection of his true character and nature. Uplifting, intelligent, positive, genuine and filled with joy. I've enjoyed listening to him every time - one of my real faves!” - Iain Ballamy“At the tender age of 23, Julian Nicholas strolled into a vacant LOOSE TUBES saxophone position, assimilated the varied and enormous improvisational vocabulary of Arguelles, Ballamy, Buckley, Lockhart, added his own cheeky twist and became his own man. He's a courageous soloist with a strong conviction about the importance of music to society, and he has the same energy now as when I met him - and the same cheeky twist!” - Django Bates“Julian Nicholas is a saxophonist of not only great technical prowess but also delicacy of expression and intensity of feeling. He has exciting and expressive qualities alongside a faultless technique.” - Tony Hall“Julian Nicholas has continually demonstrated that he is one of the country's finest saxophonists, and a composer of real distinction. On ‘Food Of Love’ he plays some exquisite soprano saxophone.” - Nick Lea/ Jazz Views “Nicholas is characteristically sure-footed and affecting - he has one of the most winsome tenor sounds in the UK and his soprano tone is simply exemplary in its keening purity. “ - Chris Parker

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