Condensed Biography:
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From his beginnings with the legendary Loose Tubes, through his worldwide collaborations, to his searching solo projects, UK composer, saxophonist, bandleader and educator Julian Argüelles has always spoken with a unique voice and is hugely influential to a new generation of British and European jazz musicians. His music has been described as supremely lyrical, with beautiful melodies whilst staying cliche free.  He received an Honorary Fellowship for Birmingham City University (BCU) in June 2017 for his services to music  and won best CD for his Let it Be Told CD (Basho Records) in 2016. Most recent award nomination - JazzFM's "LIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR" in the public vote category for the premier of Let it Be Told at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, UK.

Julian was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for Birmingham Conservatoire, for Services to Music, in June 2017.

STUDY WITH JULIAN at the KUG Institute of Jazz, Austria. Click HERE for more information.

Born in Birmingham UK,  Julian moved to London at the age of 18 where he gained recognition as a creative and original musician. At 20 he joined the much acclaimed band Loose Tubes. Over the past 30 years, he has toured and recorded throughout the world with leading musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Holland, John Taylor, Carla Bley, Django Bates, John Scoffield, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Mario Laginha and Bill Frisell.  

Julian's has, as at today's date, released 14 CDs, as a leader that have won many awards and accolades and have become hugely influential to a new generation of British and European jazz musicians. He is due to release his next two CDs on the Edition Records label the first of which is with a new trio with Portuguese pianist Marhio Laginha and Norwegian percussionist Helge Norbakken. See official press release HERE  to listen & Buy CD and for more information.
Julian's most recent CD as a leader "Tetra", with his critically acclaimed UK quartet of the same name, was released on the Whirlwind Recordings label. (Official Promo HERE buy HERE). 

TETRA: Julian Argüelles band leader, Ivo Neame piano, Sam Lasserson bass and James Maddren drums 
Julian's current quartet brings together the best of Britain's young, contemporary jazz talent. Their much anticipated first CD together (with Kit Downes on piano)  "Tetra" was release on Whirlwind Recordings label in October 2015 and there are plans for a 2nd in 2018. The band have featured across the UK and Europe at venues and festivals (inquiries HERE).  Julian's compositions have been described as "supremely lyrical, with beautiful melodies whilst staying cliche free" by the Irish Times and have received accolades from many others. Check Julian's calendar for all Tetra, and other dates.  Buy Tetra CD HERE.

  • NEXT CD RELEASE: scheduled for 2018 on Edition Records.

Let it Be Told (Basho Records): Winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Award 2016 for best CD: Let it Be Told ( released April 27th 2015) 
Frankfurt Radio Big Band featuring Django Bates and Steve Argüelles playing the music of South African Exiles. All arrangements by Julian Argüelles (except track 7 by Chris McGregor).  Buy HERE .

'Circularity' (Cam Jazz label 2014)features John Taylor (piano), Dave Holland (bass) and Martin France and was released on the Italian Label Camjazz to worlwide acclaim. This CD was included in many of the top album lists, from critics across the UK, in 2014 and nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award in 2015.  Buy HERE.

As a composer / arranger, Julian's most recent commission (for 2017) is with Aarhus Jazz Orchestra. Other commissions include; Phronesis with the HR (Frankfurt Radio Big Band) in 2015 as part of Phronesis 10-year celebrations. The recording will be released in 2017 on Edition Records. Julian has also written for the NDR (North German Radio Big Band), Apollo Saxophone Quartet, with his octet (by Birmingham Jazz and BBC Radio 3), the National, Walsall and Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestras, The Fenland Youth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Academy Of Music. In 1999 Julian was the recipient of the Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Award from the USA and in 2011-12 Julian was composer in Residence at the Luzern Jazz School, Switzerland. 

"One is left almost speechless with admiration" THE INDEPENDENT 

AS AN EDUCATOR Julian is respected and in demand. He is currently professor of Jazz Saxophone at the KUG Institute of Jazz in Graz, Austria where he now lives. His Octet continue to be in residence at the University of York under the leadership of bassist Steve Watts and he was also a visiting tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester until 2016. He continues to combines masterclasses with performance wherever possible and is as passionate about jazz education as he is about performing. Julian recieved an Honorary Fellowship for Birmingham Conservatoire (Julian's home town) for "Services to Music" in June 2017. Information on how you can study with Julian at KUG Institute of Jazz HERE.


Awarded Honorary Fellowship of Birmingham Conservatoire for services to music, June 2017.

Latest Review; "...the star of the session is arranger (and conductor) Argüelles, whose task was a daunting one...the arrangements allow Phronesis to truly be themselves while the big band artfully complements  their rhythmic momentum and contributes glorious, harmonic colors."  Phronesis - The Behemoth (EDN1085) - 4 STAR review Downbeat (US) June 2017 (full review HERE)

Nominated in the LIVE EXPERIENC OF THE YEAR Category for JazzFM Awards, public vote, 2017 (Let it Be Told with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band Live at Cheltenham 2016) 

PARLIAMENTARY JAZZ AWARD FOR BEST CD 2016 (Let it be Told, Basho Records) 

Promo HERE   Buy CD HERE

Tetra CD Reviews 2016: 

“Dynamic with deftly executed tempo changes and improvisatory touches.” Horspiegel (website) 
“An excellent album… Deserves to be widely heard.” Jazz Podium (website)  
“Complex compositions and folk inspired pieces that create space for soloists to stretch out.” Stereo (website) 

4 Star Review by The Jazz Man 
"This was jazz of the highest order, full of creative energy and a high level of group interaction. Arguelles’ first visit to Shrewsbury was a great success with the large audience giving Tetra a warm and appreciative reception." Julian Arguelles’ Tetra, The Hive Music & Media Centre, Shrewsbury, 18/06/2016 

Peter Bacon, JazzBreakfast
" of the very finest saxophonists in modern jazz in this – or for that matter in any – country." Julian Arguelles Tetra feat Percy Pursglove, ABH Hall Birmingham,11/6/16

"...a superlative septet. The star of the show proved to be Argüelles' writing that piled an abundance of strong melodies onto driving rhythms and bright harmonies to devastating effect. A brilliant band and let's hope we hear more from them soon."
Live review of Julian Argüelles Septet, at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Jon Newey & Mike Flynn Jazzwise, June 2015