11 February 2019
By Ellie Palmer
The critically-acclaimed jazz pianists reunite for this first time since performing together 23 years ago.
Sunday, March 24th @ PizzaExpress Jazz Club
Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3RW
Doors open 6.30pm - Music at 8.30pm
In 1995, at London’s revered Wigmore Hall, the renowned jazz pianist Julian Joseph hosted a series of sold-out jazz concert partnerships, one evening of which was a two-piano concert with Jason Rebello. That concert is still talked about as one of London’s greatest jazz experiences. The recording of Julian and Jason’s 12-minute improvised rendition of Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” bears repeated listening as a classic experience of two jazz masters, not only playing brilliantly as individual pianists but also listening, interacting and responding together.
Twenty-three years later, Julian and Jason will again perform together at PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho for The Steinway Two-Pianos Festival 2019 for their first reunion, not to recreate the past but to excite and entertain with their current brilliant jazz skills moulded into one unique performance.
Acclaimed as one of the finest jazz musicians to emerge this side of the Atlantic, Julian has devoted his long career to championing jazz across the British Isles and into the far corners of the globe. He has forged a reputation beyond his formidable skills as a composer and performer and is universally recognised as a highly knowledgeable and engaging broadcaster, musical ambassador and cultural advocate.
Jason was classically trained beginning at age 19 at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In his early 20s, he recorded three solo albums, beginning with his outstanding debut album, A Clearer View. In 1998 Sting invited Jason to join his band and toured for the next six years recording three albums. He then became a member of Jeff Beck's band, touring for a further six years and recording three albums.