The Julian Hartwell Project is an original quintet/sextet contemporary jazz group featuring a cast of up-and-coming players from the Philly scene. Drawing from a wide array of influence, elements of RnB, funk, rock, hip hop and soul find their way into the mix to produce the projects’ distinctive sound, centered on the prolific repertoire of pianist and composer Julian Hartwell. After releasing their self-titled all-original debut album to critical acclaim in 2015, they continue to perform regionally throughout the Northeast and hone a dynamic live sound. Sophisticated yet down-to-earth; intellectually satisfying but always sure to groove; the ensemble known shorthand as “The JHP” is offering a distinctly upbeat and soulful sound that appeals to both the traditional and novice listener alike.
From Julian’s Independent Music Awards Artist Spotlight:
“The ‘JHP’ is primarily a vehicle + testing ground + workshop for my original compositions and arrangements, where I try out various sounds and front-line configurations, taking the sound I’m hearing in my head and writing on paper to real-time, flesh-and-blood live musicians…
“…’jazz’ is a wide umbrella w/ as many interpretations as musicians. So to narrow it down I like to use the terms “Nouveau Jazz” to describe what I do, because it is my original compositions that use jazz tradition, technique, and instrumentation as a springboard for incorporating the ethos of funk, soul, fusion, hip-hop, rock and RnB into its sound.”