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Julian Nicholas Band with special guest Emil Viklicky

Sunday 27th January 2019 - Starts 8pm



Julian Nicholas’s creative collaboration of three decades with great Czech jazz pianist/composer Emil Viklicky, is presented in this one-off show on what is usually Julian’s and Claire Martin’s South Coast Jazz Festival weekend.

Julian Nicholas Band also features star vocalist and lyricist Imogen Ryall, bassist Tim Robertson and drummer Winston Clifford.

“One of the most winsome tenor sounds in the UK and his soprano tone is simply exemplary in its keening purity.”  Chris Parker – Vortex Reviews

“…his beautiful and creative playing makes Julian one of my favourite tenor saxophonists.” Bobby Wellins


“Combine elements of Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson with a deep infusion of Moravian soul, and you have Emil Viklicky, the patriarch of Czech jazz piano.

Jack Massarik, Evening Standard


Emil Viklicky has played with jazz stars from Ray Brown to Wynton Marsalis, and recorded with Marcus Printup,  Miroslav Vitous and George Mraz.



In their now classic album ‘Food Of Love’ [****Michael Hreneniak, ‘Jazz-The Magazine’] they explored lyrical folk themes and modern jazz without losing the essence of either. Now they are back as brothers of musical adventure, seeking new nuances!

Saxophonist Julian Nicholas has been heard on BBC Radio 3, recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s, with the great ‘Loose Tubes’, and with Mark Edward’s ‘Cloggz’ at the South Coast Jazz Festival, which he co-curates alongside Claire Martin O.B.E., with whose quintet he was also recently featured on BBC R3 live from The Barbican.

Ropetackle (and South Coast Jazz Festival) audiences will also remember him from the triumphant night of ‘The Brotherhood Of Breath’ in January 26, 2018. He has also recorded/performed/toured with among others Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Claire Martin, Carleen Anderson, Joe Lee Wilson, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Wellins, Liane Carroll, Stan Tracey.

As a Brighton Festival Award winner 1991, his band supported Nina Simone at The Dome, Brighton. Julian co-composed a BAFTA-nominated film score in 1993.

Julian performs regularly at The 606, The Vortex, Dean St. Pizza Express, Ronnie Scott’s, and many UK regional venues. His own albums include ‘Mountain People’, ‘Square Groove’, ‘Food Of Love’ and ‘Heavy Plant Crossing’. He appears on countless recordings with other artists across many genres.

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