Cast your minds back to the tough very brassy 'Blues' a track that introduced Tales From The Jacquard (Whirlwind, 2021), Julian ''Wiggy'' Siegel's hard blowing big band work formed around a ''Jacquard suite'' (a Jacquard machine involving punched cards is used in lace making machines) on which the tenor saxophonist was joined by his jazz orchestra.
Recorded in 2017 in Nottingham, London based Julian's childhood hometown, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the now 56-year-old player also featured on Doncastrian Mahavishnu Orchestra legend John McLaughlin's 2021 album Liberation Time.
With tunes by Siegel tour personnel for the Jacquard tour in early-2023 is looking like Nick Smart, conducting, Mark Knopfler player Tom Walsh, Percy Pursglove, Henry Lowther, Claus Stötter in the trumpet section; Mike Chillingworth with Nathaniel Facey and John O'Gallagher on selected dates, Siegel himself, Stan Sulzmann, Tori Freestone and Gemma Moore in the sax section; Mark Nightingale, Trevor Mires, Harry Brown, Richard Henry (doubling tuba) in the trombone constellation; Mike Outram, guitar; Liam Noble selected dates, Ross Stanley selected dates, piano; Oli Hayhurst bass and the legendary Gene Calderazzo - brother of Branford Marsalis Quartet pianist Joey - on drums from the now disbanded four-piece Partisans that Siegel co-led with guitarist Phil Robson.
Dates are Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 7 February; Turner Sims, Southampton, 9 Feb; Crookes Social Club, Sheffield, 10 Feb; Deda, Derby, 11 Feb; Ronnie Scott's, Soho, 12 Feb. Julian Siegel, top. Photo: press