Chris Batchelor - trumpet
Julian Seigel - tenor and soprano saxophones
Gene Calderazzo - drums
Mike Janisch - bass
Simon Purcell – piano
Originally known for his hard-bop group “Jazz Train” during the 1980’s, Simon has performed throughout the UK and parts of Europe, both as leader and sideman, appearing with amongst others - Red Rodney, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Stan Sulzmann, Jean Tousaint, Valerie Ponomarev, Dale Barlow, Julian Arguelles, Bobby Shew, Conrad Erwig and Steve Williamson.
Other musical associations with British musicians have included Julian Arguelles, Cleveland Watkiss, Mike Williams, Ricardo Dos Santos, and singers Christine Tobin and Anita Wardell.
Currently best known as Director of the Jazz Course at Trinity College of Music, Simon’s own playing embodies the influences of pianists who formed much of the the jazz vocabulary such as Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner, as well as the British pianists John Taylor and Pete Saberton whom he sites as major influences.
JULIAN SEIGEL (saxophones) has worked with many of the top figures in jazz. Recipient of the BBC Jazz Award 2007 for Best Instrumentalist, his current bands are the Julian Siegel Trio with US drummer Joey Baron and bassist Greg Cohen, Partisans, co-led for the last 10 years with guitarist Phil Robson, and the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring pianist Liam Noble. He played with the Anglo-American Big Band of US pianist Andrew Hill and has toured with the Mike Gibbs (alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum) and Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal. He has performed with Django Bates Delightful Precipice and Human Chain, Dexter Gordon's long time pianist Kirk Lightsey, John Taylor, Jazz Jamaica Big Band, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone and Robert Mitchell, Julian Arguelles Octet, Gwilym Simcock, Byron Wallen's Octet, Ingrid Laubrock, Dave Green Trio, Jason Yarde's 'Acoutastic Bombastic', Mark Lockheart's 'Big Idea', Colin Towns, the NDR Big Band, Stan Sulzmann's Big Band.
CHRIS BATCHELOR (trumpet) began playing jazz with Django Bates and Dudu Pukwana's Zila. He was a founder member of Loose Tubes and during this time played he also played with 3 Mustaphas and the Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath. Chris has enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with altoist Steve Buckley, releasing two CDs, "The Whole and the Half" (FMR,1995) and 'Life as We Know it', (Babel, 1999). They also co-led the group Big Air which included New Yorkers Jim Black and Myra Melford winning 'Best New Work' in the 2001 BBC Jazz Awards for the Suite 'Ten Tall Tales". Chris has toured extensively, including work with Michael Brecker, Sam Rivers, John Taylor, Bobby Previte, Iain Ballamy's Food, the Julian Arguelles Octet and Hermeto Pascoal. In 2010 Chris won the Paul Hamlyn Music Foundation Award.
GENE CALDERAZZO (drums). Since locating in the UK in the 1980s, New Yorker Gene Calderazzo has done much to shape the sound of jazz in London. Both dynamic improvisational force and consummate sideman, he has worked with Steve Grossman, brother Joey Calderazzo, James Moody, Bobby Watson, Dale Barlow, Art Farmer, Wayne Krantz, Bobby Watson, Eddie Gomez, Evan Parker, Randy Brecker et al. He currently tours with Partisans, Zoe Rahman, Martin Taylor and others.
MIKE JANISCH (bass) Described as “always hip, melodic, and bouncey” (The Times) US bassist Mike Janisch is “a muscular, fluent player with an irresistible pulse and virtuosic soloing technique,” “A brilliantly imaginative player,” (JazzWise), he has shared the stage with many of jazz’s legends and contemporary visionaries, such as Shirley Horn, Quincy Jones, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Rosenwinkel, George Garzone, Mark Turner, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove etc. Since his arrival in London in 2005, Mike has worked with many of the UK’s internationally renowned jazz artists, such as Jason Rebello, Gary Husband, Jean Toussaint, Phil Robson, Tim Garland, Julian Joseph, Martin Taylor… et al.