The Alliance Française de Melbourne & St Kilda Jazz present:

JULIEN WILSON: bechet & beyond

22 november 2018

Primarily a tenor saxophonist known for his powerful, modern, original music, Julien Wilson will be playing music associated with the great New Orleans multi-instrumentalist and composer, Sidney Bechet. Joining him for the night will be the superbly swinging team of Howard Cairns on bass and Lynn Wallis on drums, complemented by the driving guitar of Craig Fermanis, and featuring the consummately tasteful and wonderfully melodic Matt Jodrell on trumpet.

This project plays music composed by and associated with Bechet, and even some original homages to his influence. Their debut as a quintet was in early 2018 and it was immediately apparent that this was a group that should continue. This is not a museum- piece tribute or cover band. The joie de vivre is palpable as they aim to make music that is a century old as fresh and exciting as if it was written today.

Wallis, Cairns, Fermanis and Jodrell are the finest exponents in the land of this music. As a group, their virtuosic execution and very personal connection with the music gives them an energetic spark and expansive buoyancy that will remain with listeners long after the show is over.

Venue and ticket info:
Where: Alliance Française de Melbourne's Basement,
51 Grey St, St Kilda.
Date: Thursday 22 November 2018
Time: doors at 7:30pm, concert starts at 8pm. 
Full $20 / AFM members $15 (bar - cash only).


Please check if you are logged in to receive the discount. Only one discount ticket per member (unless you hold a family membership) - membership cards will be checked on the night. 


One of Australia’s leading saxophonists, Julien has made long-term contributions to The Black Arm Band and The Australian Art Orchestra and is featured on award winning albums by Barney McAll, Stu Hunter, Jonathan Zwartz and Ben Salter. He has played with Charlie Haden, Kurt Elling, Paul Bley, Jim Black, Hermeto Pascoal, Hugh Masekala,  Mike Nock, Vince Jones, Paul Grabowsky, Thirsty Merc, Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, Bernie McGann and Allan Browne. 

 He has released over a dozen CD’s as leader or co-leader. The Julien Wilson Trio with Stephen Magnusson and Stephen Grant have been praised as one of the most original  groups in Australia and have performed at numerous international jazz festivals. In 2013 Julien formed his own label, Lionsharecords. The label debut, This is Always won an unprecedented trifecta of Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards (Best Ensemble, Best Traditional Album and Best Composition) and was the best-selling Australian jazz album at Birdland Records in 2014. Julien was awarded the 2015 APRA Art Music Award for Excellence in Jazz, the 2008 ‘Bell’ Award for Jazz Artist of the Year, the 2006 Freedman Fellowship for Jazz and the 1994 National Jazz Award. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Graduate Degree in Jazz from The New England Conservatory in Boston and is currently a teaching associate at Melbourne and Monash Universities.


'Jazzy Jeudi' concert series 2018

Jazzy Jeudi (meaning 'Jazzy Thursday' in French) is a monthly concert featuring various jazz performers on a Thursday evening, often incorporating a component of French language or a repertoire of French music. The performances are held in the intimate concert space in the basement salon of the Alliance Française.

February – Leïla Négrau

April – Monique DiMattina

May - Kimba Griffith

June - Fête de la Musique

September - TBC

October - Bob Sedergreen & Friends

November - Julien Wilson

December - TBC

Check back on the website soon for more details about our upcoming Jazzy Jeudi concerts!

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