Joel directs his music to Cask

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Saxophonist Joel Purnell appears for Scarborough Jazz at The Cask on Wednesday September 5.

Jazz UK described him as “a muscular, assertive saxophonist whose fluent solos show a strong sense of direction”.

Joel began playing at the age of 15 in the clubs and bars of Manchester with musicians such as Mike Walker and Alan Barnes. In 1992 he won the Most Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award in the Boosey and Hawkes National Concert Band Festival.

The following year he began studying at the Leeds College of Music, from where he graduated with honours.

Joel has toured Europe and the UK. He is a respected composer and educators. He leads performance, improvisation and saxophone workshops throughout Britain, and was recently awarded ‘Jazz Educator Of The Year’.

A familiar figure in Scarborough, both at the festival and The Cask, Joel has appeared with the Jamil Sheriff Octet and Big Band, the Nikki Allan Sextet and his own long standing quartet, as well as appearing with the B3 Horn Section.

For this gig he is a soloist with the resident trio. It starts at 8.45pm. Admission is £3.