Julien Wilson is an integral part of the Melbourne jazz scene having played a wide variety of musical styles with Chris Tanners Virus, Paul Grabowsky Quintet, the Hoodangers, Mike Nock, 12 Tone Diamonds & Barney McAll.
Winner of the National Jazz Award in 1994 he performs regularly in Melbourne with afro-cuban bands Rumberos & Los Cabrones and is a member of the Australian Art Orchestra, Ishish, Murphy’s Law & the Bennetts Lane Big Band. His long association with guitarist Stephen Magnusson has involved two albums with FESTA, two with multi-national Swiss-based band SNAG, and two releases with assumptions, a free-wheeling trio with drummer Will Guthrie that was nominated for Best Australian Group & Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the 2004 Bell Awards. He studied extensively under scholarship in the USA with George Russell, Paul Bley, Jerry Bergonzi & George Garzone, touring with the Artie Shaw Orchestra and performing with Bob Moses. Julien has held a three year residency at the Cape Lounge in Melbourne’s Fitzroy and has performed at festivals in Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, England, Prague, Germany, China, New Zealand, Italy, and throughout Australia.
His current projects include a trio with Magnusson & Stephen Grant on accordian, a quartet with Magnusson, Philip Rex (bass) & Simon Barker (drums), assumptions, & a new two tenor band with Jamie Oehlers.
“one of the most exciting musicians in the country. Like certain of his tenor-saxophone forebears – Evan Parker, Gato Barbieri – Wilson tends to reach climaxes quickly. But having got there, what sets him apart from many other short-fuse improvisers is the ability to sustain those peaks with undiminished fervour for substantial periods.” Sydney Morning Herald