The Julian Hartwell Project is an original modern jazz quintet/sextet that melds elements of funk, hip-hop, RnB and more into its upbeat and memorable sound. Featuring a cast of up-and-coming players from the Philly scene, the band’s repertoire centers on the writing and arranging talents of pianist and bandleader Julian Hartwell, while bringing to the fore each member of the group’s own distinctive voice through rich horn arrangements and group interplay. Having released their all-original debut album in the Fall of 2015 to critical acclaim, 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 fresh and distinctly soulful take on the jazz idiom, appealing to both the traditional and novice listener alike.
The JHP offers a splendid slice of straight ahead jazz delivered with a fresh new sound.”
-Ed Blanco, All About Jazz
“Indeed, The JHP puts value on heavy horn arrangements and high-caliber musicianship, and it shows.”
“This is feel good music that doesn’t get too unapproachable like so many jazz groups get…making music that appeals not only to the head, but to the heart as well.”
-Mark Weber, Mark Weber Music Blog
“Liner notes don’t (always) fib…when they say that Julian’s piano playing (along with the rest of his players on this high-energy jazz outing) evokes “funky, soulful & swinging”, they aren’t kidding, or hedging at all…”
-Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation Blog
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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.”