Liane Carroll is an award-winning jazz singer described by Jamie Cullum as "one of the greatest singers we have in this country". Awards include 'Best British Vocalist' (BBC Jazz Awards), 'Best Female Jazz Vocalist' (Ronnie Scott's Awards) and 'Best Jazz Album of the Year' (Parliamentary Jazz Awards).
Liane was born in London and raised in Hastings UK, where she lives today with her husband, bassist Roger Carey. Encouraged to play piano from a young age, Liane received lessons from concert pianist Phyllis Catling. She developed a deep passion for everything jazz, soul and beyond culminating in the formation of The Liane Carroll Trio in 1990. Her vocal talents were recognized in 2005 when she was awarded 'Best Vocalist' and 'Best of Jazz' at the BBC Jazz Awards for her album Billy No Mates on Splash Point Records. Liane recorded Standard Issue at the famous Abbey Road studios in London, an album which saw her named 'Best Vocalist' at the 2006 Marston Pedigree Jazz Awards.
Liane's performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival was recorded by BBC TV as an hour long special 'Liane Carroll Trio LIVE', and released on DVD in 2008. Since 1993, Liane has headlined at the legendary Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, London UK and in 2007 won 'Best Female Jazz Vocalist' at their first Awards. where she has also recorded two live CD's for their Jazz House label. In 2007 The Sunday Times selected Liane's third album 'Slow Down' as one of their top five jazz albums of the year. It was also featured by MOJO Magazine in their Top 10 Playlist for 2007. The following year Liane won a British Parliamentary Jazz Award for 'Musician Of The Year’.
2009 took Liane to New York where she performed to rapturous audiences at Dizzy's Jazz Club in New York's Lincoln Center, and the Rochester Jazz Festival.
Liane signed to Quiet Money Productions in 2010 and recorded 'Up and Down' featuring Kirk Whalum on sax and on flugelhorn Kenny Wheeler. The James McMillan produced album received glowing reviews from Jazzwise, MOJO to The Sunday Times. Up and Down was voted as 'Best Jazz Album of the Year' in the 2012 Parliamentary Jazz Award's and Liane was awarded 'Best British Vocalist' in the 2013 British Jazz Awards and nominated as best UK Vocalist of 2012 at the first Jazz FM's Awards.
Liane's 2013 album Ballads has a different take from her previous recordings; the string arrangements were especially written for Liane by Los Angeles based, GRAMMY-winning orchestrator Chris Walden. The City of Prague Philharmonic, Gwilym Simcock, Kirk Whalum are featured on the track Here's to Life.
Liane's new recording is Seaside, which reunites Liane with multi-GRAMMY nominated producer and trumpeter James McMillan who worked on her previous two albums. Seaside is a mix of original songs and covers broadly following a seashore theme, with sterling accompaniment comprising piano trio, guitar and brass and was released on Linn in Autumn 2015.
"She seems in some magical way to be made out of music" The Observer
JULIAN SIEGEL is an in-demand saxophonist on the UK and European Jazz scene who has worked with many of the top figures in the music. He was awarded the 2007 BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist. The Julian Siegel Quartet features pianist Liam Noble, bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo. The Quartet's first CD ‘Urban Theme Park’ was awarded the 2011 London Jazz Award and in February 2018 the Quartet released their new album 'VISTA' on Whirlwind Recordings. Since the release of VISTA, the band has performed internationally at Jazz Festivals including Inntöne Jazz Festival in Austria, Made in The UK at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, NY, Jazz Standard NYC, JazzFestival Göttingen, Germany, Limerick Jazz Festival Ireland, UK’s Love Supreme Festival, Bristol and Manchester International Jazz Festivals and an extensive 2018 – 2019 Arts Council England UK Tour. The Quartet was featured on the cover of UK’s Jazzwise Magazine in February 2018 and VISTA was included in Jazzwise’s Top 20 Jazz Albums of the year.
From 1996 Julian has co-led the influential band Partisans with the award-winning NYC based guitarist Phil Robson, featuring Thaddeus Kelly on Bass and Gene Calderazzo on Drums. The band has played major Jazz Festivals in Europe, USA and Canada. In May 2019 the band released their sixth (and first live) album 'Nit de Nit' on Whirlwind Recordings. The band’s fifth album ‘Swamp’ (Whirlwind) was awarded Best Album in the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
The Julian Siegel Trio with US Improvising stars, drummer Joey Baron and bassist Greg Cohen was formed as a result of a major commission from Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2006. The Trio has toured the UK three times and released a double album ‘Live at the Vortex’ (Basho Records).
In recent years Julian has begun writing music for Jazz Orchestra and in March 2017 Julian toured the newly formed Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra on a six date UK tour supported by Arts Council England, the tour was produced by Derby Jazz and Right Tempo with the support of EMJazz. J.S.J.O. played Julian's compositions and arrangements including the new suite commissioned especially for the tour by Derby Jazz, 'Tales from the Jacquard'. In June 2021 the band’s debut album ‘Tales from the Jacquard’ will be released on Whirlwind Recordings. The album was recorded live on tour by BBC Radio 3 ‘Jazz Now’ and remixed and mastered for this CD release by Chris Lewis. The album will also be released on limited edition Double Vinyl, mastered in NYC by Tyler McDiarmid.
In February 2018 Julian was invited to Germany to play two concerts with the NDR BigBand, Hamburg directed by US Trumpeter / composer Tim Hagans playing some of Julian's new compositions for Jazz Orchestra including 'Tales from the Jacquard'. The concert from NDR Studio 1 in Hamburg was broadcast on NDR radio.
Julian has played with many large ensembles including Kenny Wheeler's Big Band on the album 'The Long Waiting' (CAM Jazz), Andrew Hill's Anglo American Big Band, Hermeto Pascoal UK Big Band, Mike Gibbs 70th Birthday tour (alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow
and Adam Nussbaum), Steve Gray, Django Bates’ ‘Delightful Precipice’, Jazz Jamaica, Stan Sulzmann's Big Band, John Dankworth's Generation Big Band, Colin Towns Mask Orchestra, Allan Ganley, Hans Koller 'New Memories' Band with Steve Lacy, BBC Big Band, Jason Yarde's 'Acoutastic Bombastic', Nikki Iles Big Band and Hal Willner's 'Amarcord' with Carla Bley and Rita Marcotulli.
Julian has been a member of Diane Schuur's European Quartet since 2013 touring Europe with many festival appearances.
In small band settings Julian has played with Django Bates’ 'Human Chain', Gary Husband’s ‘Drive’, Mulatu Astatke, Simon Purcell’s ‘Red Circle’, Laurie Anderson, Steve Nieve, Kirk Lightsey, Norma Winstone, Nigel Kennedy, Robert Mitchell, Byron Wallen, Jason Palmer, Jeff Ballard and Oren Marshall's 'Charming Transport Band' featuring musicians from Ghana and Nigeria.
Julian was a member of a trio led by the sadly departed British Piano legend John Taylor alongside the Italian Vocalist Diana Torto playing concerts in Italy and UK from 2013 to 2015. In January 2016 Diana and Julian, alongside Bassist Anders Jormin and one of John's ex-students. pianist Pablo Held, performed a tribute concert to John in Treviso, Italy
Julian has played with vocalists including Dame Cleo Laine, Beverley Knight, Liane Carroll, Cleveland Watkiss, Lauren Kinsella, Joe Lee Wilson, Stuart Staples/Tindersticks (the Julian Siegel Quartet was featured on Stuart Staples film soundtrack for Claire Denis' Un Beau Soleil Intérieur), Amy Winehouse, Jacqueline Dankworth, Juliet Roberts, Keziah Jones,Terri Walker, Christine Tobin and punk rock legend Steve Ignorant (formerly of Crass).
"Spontaneous sparkle, Siegel's wailing, swerving lines burst with character" John Fordham, The Guardian
“With drive, a warm sound and an endless flow of ideas, Siegel's lines seem somehow three dimensional, even at breakneck tempos.” Hi-Fi News and Record Review ( 'Vista' Album Choice - March 2018)