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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' Partisans is co-led by two of the pre-eminent musicians of their generation, Phil Robson (guitar) and Julian Siegel (tenor sax & bass clarinet). The quartet's line-up is completed by Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums). 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', released in September 2014 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 their native 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) as part of ‘Made In The UK’ 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 as well as UK touring.

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

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

“Eighteen years on from their debut, this mélange of mischievous 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 Jazz Albums of the Year 2014



 

Phil Robson - Guitar

Guitarist Phil Robson is a seminal figure in contemporary British music. Along with Partisans he is the leader of his Organ Trio with Ross Stanley and Gene Calderazzo, the Immeasurable Code Quintet feat. Mark Turner, and regular sideman with Christine Tobin (Best Vocalist 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards). His otherbands have included Six Strings & the Beat, Phil Robson trio (with Billy Hart & James Genus), Phil Robson Quartet featuring David Liebman & Jeff Williams. Phil has worked with many artists as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates & Barbra Streisand (Jonathan Ross exclusive 2009, BBC TV. Phil was awarded Jazz Musician of the Year in the UK 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and has recorded four albums under his own name on Babel and Whirlwind Recordings, including a commission for Six Strings & the Beat.
www.philrobson.net

 


Julian Siegel - saxophone, bass clarinet

Julian is one of the premier saxophonists of his generation in the UK and European jazz scenes who has worked with many outstanding musicians, including Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow, Andrew Hill, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Laurie Anderson, Colin Towns and the NDR Big Band. In 2007 he was awarded the BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist. As well as Partisans,his current bands are the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring pianist Liam Noble, Oli Hayhurst and Gene Calderazzo, the band’s last album won the 2011 London Jazz Award. He also leads The Julian Siegel Trio with US Improvising stars drummer Joey Baron and bassist Greg Cohen, formed as a result of a major commission from Cheltenham Jazz Festival. He is currently embarking on a major writing project for big band. www.juliansiegel.com
 
 
Gene Calderazzo - Drums

Gene, a native New Yorker, began his early studies at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, (1979-81) alongside classmates Branford Marsalis, Wallace Roney, Jeff Watts and Marvin ‘smitty’ Smith. On scholarship he attended Long Island University in Brooklyn, performing with Joe Henderson, Mike Brecker, Lionel Hampton and Reggie Workman. Since 1995 Gene has made the UK his home base, becoming one of the most in-demand drummers on the European scene, touring with Steve Grossman, James Moody, Eddie Henderson, Joey Calderazzo, Bobby Watson, Philip Catherine/Minh Doky, Phil Woods, Martin Taylor/Eddie Gomez and Randy Brecker. In the last two years he has joined Pharoah Sanders on the road, and is regularly out on te road with Zoe Rahman’s trio, Julian Siegel Quartet, Phil Robson’s Organ Trio, amongst others.
www.genecalderazzo.com
 
 


Thaddeus Kelly - Bass

Through his desperation not to work for a living Thad Kelly decided to play the bass an instrument that seemed the easiest at the time only having to play 2 if not 1 beat to a bar on a choice of only four strings little realizing that over the next couple of decades he would have to lug that beast half way around the world with him on his varied musical career.
Rather stupidly he started playing jazz gigs and couldn’t stop because people kept booking him. Jazz performers such as Ian Shaw, Claire Martin, Jackie Dankworth should have known better. Searching a bit further than the great American Song Book Thad joined Orquestra Mahatma trio featuring Paul Clarvis & Stuart Hall that played songs and rhythms from Albania to Brazil, that’s A to B. [www.villagelife.co.uk] Later he began to rip up musical form with aural anarchist Billy Jenkins who explores the urban blues pallet (of late night tescos and boarded up shopping malls etc.). [www.billyjenkins.com]. This naturally lead on to more rock like forms of groove with Partisans an award winning band that paved the way for the newer genre clashing jazz bands today. Again realizing he had ventured far down a harmonically obscure tunnel Thad started playing sweeter soul grooves with old friends Steve Arguelles and Ashley Slater [he of freak power]. After ending up in the wilds of a forest in Gloucestershire an exploration of songs and tunes of the west (Ireland) not so far west (Wales) & north (Scotland) with Celtish. So finally Thad had to give in and become a band leader, it comes to us all in time. His current project is AughiskY a celtic/jazz cross-over www.aughisky.co.uk