Julian Hartwell is a sought-after jazz 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 least, Julian continues to explore a more nuanced and exploratory approach for solo piano with a growing repertoire of compositions that straddle neo-classical, jazz and even folk song influences. He is currently working on recording his first solo album with aims to unveil this other dimension of his artistry in the years ahead.