Award-winning saxophonist and composer Julian Argüelles plays a unique mix of exciting British contemporary jazz infused with Spanish rhythms, South African grooves, brass band and classical influences.
An exceptionally gifted musician, he has been compared to sax legends Wayne Shorter and Charles Lloyd (Jazzwise), while his on-stage chemistry with the Julian Argüelles Quartet has been likened to Keith Jarett’s renowned 1970s line-up (UK Vibe).
For decades Julian Argüelles has been at the forefront of European jazz, working with some of its finest practitioners including musicians of the calibre of Dave Holland, John Taylor, Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Phronesis, Mike Gibbs and Carla Bley to name a few.
Argüelles’ rapidly growing audience, built over the past 30 years, has an extraordinary reach for a jazz artist. Always keen to diversify, Argüelles has begun to reach out to jazz and classical music fans across Europe through his work with L.A.N Trio, with superstar Portuguese pianist Mário Laginha and the phenomenal Norwegian percussionist, Helge Andreas Norbakken and recent publication of new compositions “12 Etudes for the Modern Saxophonist”.
Julian is currently professor of jazz saxophone at the Institute of Jazz, Graz, Austria. He was awarded an honorary Fellowship from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for his services to jazz in 2017 and is a recipient of a Parliamentary Jazz Award (2016) for his CD “Let it be Told”.