Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. He is inspired by many styles of music which all contribute to his distinctive sound, both solo and in a group setting. For the past 12 years he has performed throughout a wide swath of the Delaware Valley and Philly area – from jazz clubs to rock venues, music ministry to high-class cocktail hours, weddings to improv jams and everything in between, and now is an adjunct professor of jazz piano at Temple University. Career highlights so far include sharing the stage with major names Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, and Jon Faddis at Lincoln Center with the Temple University Jazz Band, in addition to appearing with the latter two musicians on that band’s release from Spring 2015 entitled “Dear Dizzy: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie.” Julian’s full skill-set as a composer, arranger, and pianist in his own right are most evident on his band’s all-original debut album “The Julian Hartwell Project,” which released to critical acclaim in October of 2015. He continues to hone his talents as a sideman and leader with The JHP and The Julian Hartwell Trio, as well as exploring a more nuanced and exploratory approach with a growing repertoire of neo-classical compositions for solo piano.
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As an educator, Julian has been teaching private piano lessons on and off for the past 9+ years. He is comfortable teaching many styles of music including rock, pop, blues, jazz, gospel and more. Believing that technique should only serve as a gateway to authentic creative expression, he doesn’t let rote exercises and mindless practice get in the way of Music capital M. In fact, his lessons are usually full of improvisation and fun, all while serving the individual needs and desires of each particular student.
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Julian has performed professionally around the Philadelphia area for 10+ years.
Restaurants & Music Venues: Chris’ Jazz Café, Time Bar & Restaurant, La Veranda, The Four Seasons, South Jazz Parlor, Ortlieb’s, World Café Live, The Arts Garage, Relish, Triumph Brewing Co, North Star Bar, XO Lounge, The Grape Room, Milkboy, The Performance Garage, The Point, The Tritone, Fergie’s Pub, Voltage Lounge, The Highnote Café, CIBO Restaurant, The New Leaf Club, Legendary Dobbs, The M-Room, Underground Arts, Redwood, Connie’s Ric Rac, 7165 Lounge, Sandikis, LaRose Catering Club, Earth Bread & Brewery, Chestnut Hill Hotel, The Cosmic Café, Alma Mater, Sassafras Bar, and more.
Other Spaces: Philadelphia Zoo, National Constitution Center, First Friday Old City, First Friday Ardmore, Imperfect Gallery, Twelve Gates Art Gallery, Chestnut Hill Quaker Meeting House, Community Education Center, Kun-Yang Lin Dance Company, Koresh Dance Company, Conwell Dance Theater
Regional Assisted Living Facilities: The Watermark at Logan Square, Atria Center City, Stapeley of Germantown, Maplewood Manor, Paul’s Run, Beaumont of Bryn Mawr, Buckingham Valley, Cliveden Convalescent Center
Regional Universities: Temple University, University of the Arts, UPenn, Drexel University, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College
Beyond Philadelphia including:
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola @ Lincoln Center in New York, NY – w/ TU Jazz Band & Christian McBride (’13) & Jimmy Heath and Jon Faddis (’14)
Hotel Charleston in Charleston, SC
La Trastienda Club in Beunos Aires, Argentina – sat in as de-facto house pianist for Jazz Jam at the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival, Dec ’09
El Castillo de San Lorenzo in Salta, Argentina – Cocktail Pianist, Weddings, Private Events/Parties, Sunday Brunch (July-Dec ‘09)
Recording Credits / Discography:
– Silvertone Studios, Ardmore, PA; Demo for duo project, ‘Natural Ease’
– Range Recording Studios, Ardmore, PA; 4 track demo, ‘Drop Collective’
– Forge Recording Studios, Oreland, PA; 4 track EP, ‘Christopher Grand Quartet’
– Art Institute ofPhiladelphia; 5 track EP, ‘PhilaPhonix’
– Morningstar Studios, East Norriton, PA, 4 track EP, ‘Ghost Heron’ Blues Project by Forest Heinz
– Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn, NY “Dear Dizzy: A Tribute To Dizzy Gillespie” by ‘Temple University Jazz Band Feat. Jimmy Heath & Jon Faddis’ (Released May ‘15)
– Boyer Recording Studios/Turtle Studios, Philadelphia, PA; “The Julian Hartwell Project” by The Julian Hartwell Project, 8-track original full-length album (Self-released Oct. 2015)
– Ted Audio Recording, Philadelphia, PA; feat. pianist on “I Love Christmas” (single) by Palatine