As one of the premier jazz pianists in Philadelphia, it is quite evident that Julian has undergone a thorough study of the jazz idiom and his instrument. His fresh takes on time-worn jazz standards and the Great American Songbook balance tradition, modern post-bop influence, and contemporary sophistication. He is no stranger to his role as an entertainer capital “E”, delighting audiences with repertoire both fresh and familiar at piano bars, cocktail hours, restaurants, private events, and retirement communities throughout the region and beyond.
On the more artistic side of the equation, Hartwell is an avid composer of solo piano works, taking inspiration from many influences to craft a unique and evocative sound. Delving into realms of neo-classical, folk music, jazz improvisation and beyond, this more introspective side to Hartwell’s repertoire is ideally suited for artistic collaborations, commissioned projects, film scores, and intimate house concerts. While Julian reveals his “solo side” to the world much less frequently, you can be sure that an official release of its kind is waiting in the wings for very willing ears when the time is right.
For further listening:
“Land of Lotus” – a solo piano suite in three parts