Julien Wilson is the recipient of the 2008 Australian Jazz Award for 'Australian Jazz Artist of the Year', the 2006 Music Council of Australia / Freedman Fellowship for Jazz, and the 1994 National Jazz Award. The funds from the Freedman Fellowship enabled him to record an album in New York and take his trio on a three week European tour that included two sold out performances at the Berlin Jazz Festival. The New York recording, Kaleidoscopic is now available in-stores through Jazzhead Records.
In addition to composing for and running his own trio and quartet, Julien co-leads assumptions, Cool'sCool and Snag, and is a regular member of Ishish, Rumberos, the Black Arm Band, Bennetts Lane Big Band, Twelve Tone Diamonds, Los Cabrones and the Jex Saarelaht Quartet.
Julien's debut album, while you were sleeping, was a finalist for Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album in 2007 and was nominated for an ARIA for Best Jazz Album. The CD includes a live DVD of his trio performing at the BMW Edge in Melbourne. His second album, Trio - Live was released at the end of 2007 and was also nominated for an ARIA for Best Jazz Album in 2008. The Julien Wilson Trio was a finalist for the 2004, 2008 and 2009 Australian Jazz Award for Best Australian Ensemble. Both CD's are available through Sound Vault Records. The Julien Wilson Trio's new album Dusk, recorded live at Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 2007 will be available mid 2009
Julien has performed at many of Australia's major festivals and toured in Europe, China, Mexico, North America, Indonesia, Japan and New Zealand, including appearances at the Umbria, Pori, Copenhagen, Berlin, Jakarta, Christchurch and Montreux Jazz Festivals.
He spent much of the late 90's living and working in Europe with the multi-national Swiss-based band, Snag, who received Swiss Government Arts grants for recording and touring. He completed graduate studies in the USA on scholarships from The Ian Potter Foundation, The Australia Council and New England Conservatory, where he studied extensively with George Russell, Paul Bley, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone.
Juliens personal sound, and wide stylistic range have enabled him to perform and record with artists as diverse as the Kurt Elling Quartet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Mike Nock, Charlie Haden, Hugh Masekala, Archie Roach, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Barney McAll, Jim Black, Mark Helias, Josh Roseman, Andy Milne, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Paul Grabowsky, Katie Noonan, Allan Browne, The Hoodangers, The Australian Art Orchestra, Murphy's Law, Satoko Fujii, Gil Askey, Chris Tanners Virus, Augie March, Daddy Cool and Thirsty Merc.