Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, he has made a name for himself in Philly’s vibrant music scene the past 15+ years as an in-demand leader and sideman in diverse musical contexts. Julian has shared the stage with jazz luminaries like Terell Stafford, Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, and Jon Faddis, appearing with the latter two legends on Temple University Big Band’s 2015 release “Dear Dizzy: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie.” Other recent career highlights include performing on the stage of a local TedX event, at notable cultural institutions like the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and joining sitar and tabla virtuoso Ustad Shafaat Khan in his East meets West fusion project.
Since 2012 Julian’s primary focus has been leading his own group The Julian Hartwell Project, the main vehicle for a voluminous repertoire of original compositions and arrangements. The group’s eponymous all-original debut garnered widespread critical acclaim upon its release in 2015.
Last but not least, Julian continues to explore a more nuanced and exploratory approach with a growing repertoire of solo piano compositions delving into realms of neo-classical, folk, jazz and more. A full-length solo piano record currently in the works will surely unveil yet another dimension to this up-and-coming artist already making waves in the jazz world and beyond.