I have followed Julian’s progress since he was a boy . Every time I hear him he gets better and better . I can hear his influences, but, with his beautiful delicate sound and perfect time, he really is ‘his own man’. With this album Julian has really arrived !
The Dream Band (so-named because the group comprises the musicians Julian most admires) is an exciting, Latin-influenced jazz funk quintet comprising Neil Angilley, Canadian Guitar star Dominic Ashworth, Bass ace Chris Dodd, stylish vocalist Jacqui Hicks and the dynamic Mike Bradley on Drums.. They already have two fine albums to their credit: LA Sunset and Blues For The Morning After, and their recent European tour included the first ever jazz concert in Albania!
Julian Marc Stringle
Clarinet, Saxophone, Vocals
Julian taught himself to play jazz clarinet 'licks' aged eight by listening Muggsy Spanier recordings. His first teachers were Teddy Thorne (BBC Radio Orchestra) and Roy Sidwell (Steve, Neil and Richard's father). He studied jazz and classical clarinet with Wilf Keeley and composition with William Lloyd Webber at the London College of Music.
Neil Angilley studied Piano ,Trumpet & Composition at the Royal Academy . Neil is a gifted virtuoso performer who has worked with ;- Ben E King , The Gypsy Kings , Lisa Stansfield , Down to the Bone , Snowboy , Michael Ball , & James Galway .
Neil is the keyboard player on Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’ extravaganza, and is the musical director for violinist Vanessa Mae . Neil has played keyboards for Julian on every ‘Dream Band recording –and leads his own exciting latin jazz trio
Yorkshire born Jacqui Hicks is a graduate of the Leeds College of Music where she studied Clarinet & Saxophone .
She joined NYJO on Saxophone before becoming the orchestra’s vocalist .
Jacqui is the ‘musicians’ singer. She is Julian’s favourite vocalist & joined the ‘Dream Band from ‘Shakatak’, with whom she still gigs worldwide .
Award –winning Canadian born guitar star, Dominic studied guitar at Toronto University & under scholarship in Cuba & Spain. Dominic joined forces with Julian within weeks of settling in the UK . An invaluable member of the Dream Band, he is heavily featured on all their gigs & recordings . Dominic has also worked with ;- Digby Fairweather, Derek Nash, Paul Jones, Carol Kidd, George Melly & Mike Garrick . A talented composer & arranger, Dominic is heavily influenced by George Benson & Paco di Lucia . He currently teaches guitar at Trinity College of Music .
Double & Electric Bass
Sheffield born Chris was a composer and multi - instrumentalist at 14 , writing & publishing his first songs whilst still at school . He studied at London’s ‘Brit School of Performing Arts’ winning a scholarship to study drums & bass at Boston’s Berklee Academy of Music . Chris joined the Dream Band on electric bass when Rufus Philpot emigrated to the USA, and is on all their recent recordings. He has performed on drums and bass in many styles of music, working with ;- Dick Pearce, Julian Joseph, Wynton Marsalis, John Etheridge, Gary Burton, Jim Mullen ,Tim Whitehead, Pete Jacobson, & Don Weller . Versatile, and busy on the jazz scene, Chris has found time to write & produce tracks for numerous ‘pop’ acts .
Mike is an incomparable & unique drum stylist. He is also a gifted composer & a delightful humourist . Since leaving NYJO Mike has become a sought after session player for recordings, concerts & West End shows . Mike is featured on every ‘Dream Band ‘ album . Before joining Julian he worked with ;- Natalie Cole, Mark Murphy, Georgie Fame , Ronnie Scott , John Dankworth , Andy Sheppard & Jason Rebello . Shows include ;- Dirty Dancing, The Rat Pack, Genius of Ray Charles & Thriller .