Julian Nicholas

Julian is an innovator, educator and organizer who has played a major role on the Brighton and South Coast art scene. Julian was the first to bring Viklicky, Dudu Pukwana and Django Bates to Brighton. He co-directs the South Coast Jazz Festival, which he started in 2015 with Claire Martin O.B.E.
Julian can teach in many settings. He is the instructor for Chichester College’s highly-respected Jazz Foundation [Levels 4 & 5]. Julian can compose in many styles, both for his own ensembles and others. He is a member of the B.A.F.T.A. Nominated Film Score Co-Composer. He has composed music for dance and theatre, and is co-composer of ‘The Cloggz.

Primarily a tenor/soprano player, the musician plays all single-reed instruments of woodwind and a penny whistle.

His grandfather, a composer, taught Julian that music can be accessible while still maintaining integrity, originality, and depth. He was inspired by this and has been a session musician as well as a sideman in many genres, earning a reputation for his unique jazz style and artistry.

He is a highly sought-after player who has performed at many national venues, including Ronnie Scott’s, The 606, The Vortex, Dean St. Jazz Club, Pizza Express, The Spin, Oxford, Brecon and Cheltenham jazz festivals. His band supported Nina Simone twice consecutively at The Dome for Brighton Festival.

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