Four of the busiest young jazz musician in the country meet together in this quartet. Recently back from an Italian tour (July 2012), the band is gaining a good following. Julien and his band have a keen interest in identifying the spiritual nature of music and in reaching out and engaging as many people as possible, with different musical tastes, from young to old.
Established in 2008 in Newpark Music Centre by graduates Julien Colarossi, Barry Donohue and Tommy Gray, the band has explored many sonorities and musical paths since. With the latest addition of saxophonist Chris Engel, the band has found its true dimension and identity.
High energy, intricate arrangements and collective improvisation are the main feature of the quartet, alongside the capacity to drag the crowd into the stream of energy projected by the band’s soulful and thoughtful music.
In July 2012, JCQ was featured as one of the main acts in one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in Italy, Atina Jazz 2012. In August 2011, the band released their first LP ‘Journey to Zero’, a live recording of a concert held in May 2011 in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. The quartet performs regularly in jazz club nights around Dublin.
On the 3rd, 4th and 5th of December 2012 Julien and his colleagues recorded their debut album “Note to Self” in the Ventry Recording Studios with engineer David McCune. The album was officially released the 8th of March 2013.
Variety is one of the main features of the album. The strong lyrical and melodic approach of tracks like “Ricordandoti”, “Effimera”, “Journey to Zero” and “Il Postino” is contrasted by the more energetic and groovy once like “Uncle Francle”, “Ruhi&Calle”, “David&Goliath” and “Dichotomy”; the quirkiness and darkness of tracks like “Sincerity” and “Gold” also show the wide pool of influences that the band draws from.
7 of the tracks in the album, are written and arranged by Italian guitarist Julien Colarossi. ”Gold” is a composition by Irish drummer Tommy Gray and “David&Goliath” is a composition by South African saxophonist Chris Engel. Track number 6, “Il Postino”, is an arrangement of the melody from the soundtrack to the movie “Il Postino” written by Luis Bacalov.
For the summer of 2013 the JCQ is organizing a national Irish tour, hoping to reach as many new people as possible and spread their music and love everywhere.