The Julian Hartwell Project is a revolving and constantly evolving sextet/quintet/quartet contemporary jazz group. Drawing from a wide array of influence, elements of RnB, funk, rock, soul, and hip hop find their way into the mix to produce the project’s distinctive sound, centered in large part on the prolific original repertoire of composer/arranger Julian Hartwell. Perhaps best described as “nouveau jazz,” this ensemble of up-and-coming players offers an intellectually satisfying yet distinctly upbeat and soulful brand of modern jazz, leaving plenty of room for improvisation and group interaction on the bandstand. With a knack for composition, melody, and groove, the emerging group known shorthand as “The JHP” offers an engaging take on the art form that appeals to both the traditionalist 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.”