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Mr Joel Purnell
Mr Joel Purnell

Biography

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. <br />

Highly regarded in the academic arena for his passion and commitment to jazz education, Purnell has mentored several generations of the UK’s most talented new jazz musicians. Holding the post of Principal Lecturer at LCoM for the past 20 years and lecturing on the faculties of Durham & York Universities, he has been nominated for several esteemed awards including ‘Jazz Educator of the Year’ in 2011 and the ‘Teaching Excellence Awards’ in 2018. Specialising in saxophone technique, jazz improvisation, harmony and performance, Purnell conducts numerous masterclasses throughout the UK and regularly provides private tuition for a wide range of instrumentalists. In the areas of academic research, he has produced several papers examining the mathematical and geometric properties of musical structures and consults on innovation and saxophone design for a number of distinguished saxophone manufacturers. <br />
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Please visit my website for more information:<br />
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www.joelpurnell.com

Contact Joel

Address: Cleckheaton
Yorkshire (West)
BD19
Phone: Show Number
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00
Fee (90 minutes): £50.00

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