Brisbane International Jazz Festival presents: Julien Wilson Quartet + Barney McAll Solo Piano (New York)
06 Jun 2014 | Friday 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Barney McAll – Solo piano
New York based Barney McCall began his career in Melbourne working alongside notable artists like Allan Browne, Vince Jones and David Rex. Winner of the inaugural 1990 National Jazz Award held each year at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Barney relocated to New York City in 1998 working with such notable artists as Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Vincent Herring, Dewey Redman and Josh Roseman.
Barney has dedicated his life to pursuing excellence as a creative pianist and composer stretching the boundaries of jazz with flawless insight and consummate finesse. His solo piano performances abound with inspiration, touching the heart and energising the soul.
Julien Wilson Quartet
For the last two decades Julien Wilson has been an exciting and integral member of the Australian Jazz Scene receiving numerous prestigious awards, both personally, and as an integral member of a number of critically acclaimed co-operative bands.
Featured on over 50 CD’s Wilson’s tenor saxophone style can cover an incredibly broad stylistic and emotional range. On his classic quartet album “This is Always” (released in November 2013), Julien delves deep back in to the history of the tenor saxophone with a tone and phrasing that alludes to a whole generation of tenor saxophone giants, but especially the wonderful Dexter Gordon.
Julien has assembled the ultimate “never before heard” dream-team of New York based pianist Barney McAll, with Sydney’s superb swinging bassist Jonathan Zwartz and Melbourne’s favourite drummer, Allan Browne. Together, they create a sound like no other band in the country. Deep yet light, Old School and hip, informed yet inspired.
“McAll is partial to unleashing surprises himself, whether they be radical dynamic shifts – such as suddenly reducing a solo to the merest trickle…….or just finding bewitchingly unexpected turns to take in developing a melody. Masterful.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“A level of maturity, and a storytelling quality that place him (Julian Wilson) proudly in the lineage of such great tenor balladeers as Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Joe Lovano.” – Rhythms Magazine
Free foyer entertainment by Fish Lane from 7pm
Presented by Jazz Queensland.