Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, for the past 16+ years he has performed throughout a wide swath of the Delaware Valley and beyond – from jazz clubs to rock venues, high-class cocktail hours, groove jam sessions and just about everything in between. Having attended both University of the Arts and Temple U for jazz performance, he now finds himself in the role of adjunct professor educating the next generation of up-and-coming musicians students at his alma mater. Some career highlights so far include sharing the stage with jazz luminaries like Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, and Jon Faddis, appearing with the latter two musicians on Temple University Big Band’s 2015 release – “Dear Dizzy: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie.”
Since 2012 Julian has been leading his own group The Julian Hartwell Project, the primary vehicle for a repertoire of 50+ original compositions and arrangements to date. His talents as a composer and arranger, not to mention pianist, are on full display on that group’s self-titled debut album, which garnered favorable reviews from outlets such as All About Jazz and others (see Press) upon its release in 2015.
In addition to honing his unique voice via The JHP, Hartwell finds himself an in-demand sideman with other projects in the area and in diverse genres. His vast musical sensibilities find him equally at-home interpreting time-worn jazz standards to filling in studio work for pop, hip-hop, RnB artists and more.
Last but surely not the least, Julian continues to explore a more nuanced and exploratory approach with a growing repertoire of neo-classical meets jazz compositions for solo piano. He plans to record an album’s worth of this solo material by the end of 2019, with aims to quietly unveil this other dimension of his artistry in the years ahead.
It goes without saying that you can basically find Hartwell Living, Breathing, and Making Music the majority of his waking hours…
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Julian has performed professionally at venues in and around the Delaware Valley and Northeast USA for the last 16+ years including:
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center (NYC), The Painted Bride, Silk City Diner, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time Whiskey Bar, Rittenhouse Soundworks, South Jazz Parlor, Heritage, Warmdaddy’s, The Prince Theater, World Cafe Live, Performance Garage, Temple Performing Arts Center, and many others. . .
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Recording Credits / Discography:
– 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 and Turtle Studios, Philadelphia, PA; “The Julian Hartwell Project” by The Julian Hartwell Project, 8-track original full-length album (Self-released Oct. 2015)
– Morningstar Studios, East Norriton, PA, 4 track EP, ‘Ghost Heron’ Blues Project by Forest Heinz
– Art Institute of Philadelphia; 5 track EP, ‘PhilaPhonix’
– Forge Recording Studios, Oreland, PA; 4 track EP, ‘Christopher Grand Quartet’
– Range Recording Studios, Ardmore, PA; 4 track demo, ‘Drop Collective’
– Ted Audio Recording, Philadelphia, PA; feat. pianist on “I Love Christmas” (single) by Palatine
– Silvertone Studios, Ardmore, PA; Demo for duo project, ‘Natural Ease’
As an educator, Julian has been teaching private piano lessons on and off for the past ten 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. His lessons usually involve a fair amount of improvisation and play, tools that serve the individual desires and musical goals of each particular student.
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