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Julian Siegel – Saxophones, Bass Clarinet
Phil Robson - Guitar
Thad Kelly - Bass
Gene Calderazzo - Drums

“These Guys Are Super Badass!” Vancouver International Jazz Festival – June 2014.

Since their formation in 1996 Partisans have been thrilling audiences with their ferociously energetic performances.

Hailed as breaking the ground for the new wave of British jazz and described by BBC Radio Jazz on 3 as 'One of the most exciting all-star experimental groups in Jazz today'

“Eighteen years on from their debut, this mélange of mischievous yet stylish mash-up and virtuosic energy doesn't get old. If anything Robson, Siegel, Kelly and Calderazzo are reaching new heights.”
4 stars, MOJO Magazine; No#4 in Jazz Albums of the Year 2014

Partisans are co-led by two of the pre-eminent musicians of their generation, Phil Robson and Julian Siegel.

Partisans are real band!

The richly lyrical and strongly melodic compositions written by the leaders provide the framework and starting point, underpinned by the rock solid, freewheeling and supercharged rhythm section.
Their critically acclaimed new album 'Swamp', on Whirlwind Records pumps their groove-based sound with viscous voodoo, Hi-Life romps, burning post-bop, no messin’ rock outs, spacious reflections and heavy hooks.

With a cult following in the UK, 5 celebrated albums and years of touring around the globe, their June ‘14 North American Tour included performances at The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club (NYC) plus Montreal, Vancouver & Ottawa international festivals and appearances in Seattle & Toronto.

More recently, Partisans played at the EFG London Jazz festival plus were invited to play the opening gig of the Tampere Jazz Happening in Finland

'Partisans were the highlight of the festival, jazz that makes you blink in its glare'
John Fordham, The Guardian, at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

“Restless, almost reckless energy… delirious listening… consistently thrilling” BBC Music Magazine



Partisans appearing at this event

Winner of Giles Peterson's Worldwide Award for best jazz album 2009, Robert Mitchell. With four of the UK's leading players, fronted by saxophonist Julian Siegel and guitarist Phil Robson, Partisans combine utterly compelling melodies with free-wheeling improvisation.

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Julian Siegel

Julian Siegel appearing at this event

Tenor saxophonist playing the very best in modern jazz, who won the John Dankworth Award for talent deserving of wider recognition in the 2002 Hamlet British Jazz awards. He has worked with many eminent musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Jason Rebello, Cleo Laine and Andy Shepherd.

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Phil Robson

Phil Robson appearing at this event

Winner of the 'Best Jazz Musician Of The Year' award in the 2009 - 2010 'Parliamentary Jazz Awards'. Based between London and Kent in the UK, Robson is one of the most in demand and versatile musicians on the contemporary, international scene today as well as being a highly acclaimed leader and composer. 'Phil is a wonderful guitarist and composer, definitely a unique player. We had a ball and hopefully I will be able to play with Phil again' - David Liebman, US sax legend.

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Also Appearing

Gene Calderazzo

Bristol Old Vic

  • King Street
  • Bristol
  • BS1 4ED

0117 987 7877
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