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A tour de force..”

— Jazz UK

Immaculate taste…”

— The Guardian

Fire breathing solos…”

— Jazzwise Magazine

Joel Purnell - Jazz Saxophonist

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...Featuring Joel Purnell

Joel Purnell is an internationally recognised and critically acclaimed saxophonist, widely considered as one of the UK’s leading contemporary jazz musicians and educators. Described as “a tour de force” by Jazz UK, he first emerged onto the British jazz scene in the late ‘90s, quickly establishing a formidable reputation. With an approach heavily influenced by both hard and post-bop players, Purnell effortlessly blends a virtuosic technique with an emotive sense of musical expression to create a unique and instantly recognisable voice. Jazz UK said, “this is how the contemporary tenor ought to sound”, while Jazzwise Magazine & The Guardian speak of “fire breathing solos” delivered with “immaculate taste”, conveying a style reminiscent of the legendary jazz saxophonists John Coltrane & Michael Brecker. Purnell’s prolific performance and studio career has led to an expansive discography, appearing and recording with a multitude of respected bands and musicians.

Definitely a gig not to be missed!

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…glints of Coltrane in the impressively achieved solos of headlining saxophonist Joel Purnell. Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended…”

— The Independent

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