09:00 Sunday 19 May 2013

Julian Smith in Concert

Saxophonist Julian Smith is making a welcome return to the Lichfield Garrick on Saturday 1 June with his band and a special guest vocalist.

Julian has been seen and heard by millions across the world via television appearances, YouTube hits and album sales.

His style of sax playing draws from classical crossover, Latin and easy listening light jazz music.

Julian Smith graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 1991 with distinction in performance and teaching on his first study which was at that time Bassoon. He then went on to teach music whilst also performing in various pit orchestras for musicals and shows, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Saxophone for Julian was also a great passion, and in 1993 he heard Kenny G for the first time and became instantly hooked on this instrument and in particular the soprano saxophone. Julian built a band around himself which became very popular in the Midlands area.

After producing a couple of self financed albums with producer and arranger Ty Unwin a track called Silver was placed on the multi-platinum compilation album called Classic Chillout series by Sony in 2001, and subsequently more tracks were commissioned from Julian over the next two years.

Frustrated without any further real success in the music industry after six years, Julian decided to enter Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 and achieved second runner up placement with nearly 700,000 public telephone votes and millions of YouTube hits on the internet.

Since the show Sony has released the album Chilled 2 the Sax under Julian’s other stage name ‘Joolz Gianni’.

Since then Julian has toured many arenas and theatres, recorded with many classical stars including Julian Lloyd Webber and Paul Potts on the Classical Relief for Haiti Charity Single 'The Prayer'.

He has entertained the likes of Prince Charles and was invited to perform for the Prime Minister.

With his charismatic style of presentation and warmth with his audience, often allowing audience members to ask him questions of any nature, people leave the performance with a feeling that they have been part of the show.

Tickets cost £17.50 and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling Lichfield Garrick’s Box Office on 01543 412121.

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