Julian Waterfall Pollack

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: June 28, 1988    

Julian Waterfall Pollack

At the age of twenty-one, New York Pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack has the jazz community abuzz with his mature, technically ferocious, and dynamic piano playing. A classically trained pianist, Pollack has unleashed into the world a singular blend of music that combines his love for today’s popular music styles and a respect for the classical tradition.

On his aptly-titled debut recording, Goin’ For It (Jazzschool Records, 2006) San Jose Mercury News critic Andrew Gilbert writes: “Pollack may have started Goin’ For It as a student, but with the completion of his first album, he has earned the right to teach some lessons of his own.” The opening tracks “Take Me Outside” and “Valeria” may well be a contrast in style, but they are more clearly an indication of his compositional breadth. His “re-imagining the jazz standard” repertory include a new melodic and rhythmic structure in the pop music idiom of Miles Davis’ “Four,” and a re-harmonization of John Coltrane’s famously complex “Giant Steps.” After the release of Goin’ For It, JAZZIZ Magazine selected the high-octane original, “Take Me Outside,” to be on its monthly CD series, JAZZIZ On Disc (October 2006). In late 2007, Pollack released his first solo piano album, Solitude, on Junebeat Records....
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”...a ferociously assured and creatively dazzling pianist, composer and arranger...” - The San Francisco Chronicle

“...a wonderful new player on the jazz scene...” - MARIAN MCPARTLAND, host of NPR's PIANO JAZZ

“...I've had the great pleasure to work with the rhythm section of Julian Pollack, Noah Garabedian, and Evan Huhges. As a trio they create a warm swinging joyous feeling that is infectious and inspiring...I had a ball playing and exploring all kinds of music with them.” - JOE LOVANO, Jazz Legend

“...Pollack often plays with seemingly impossible soul and maturity for someone so young...” - The San Francisco Chronicle

“...reminiscent of early work by French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc or Japanese keyboardist Hiromi.” - JAZZIZ

“I want to be the first to say it: Julian is a genius” - ALBERT “TOOTIE” HEATH, Jazz Legend

“...uncannily young and astonishingly talented...” - SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

“ unusually talented”and swinging”young pianist...” - THE BERKELEY DAILY PLANET

“[Pollack] has been turning heads for a while now, because his playing is loose, confident, rhythmically assured and emotionally committed” - THE MERCURY NEWS, San Jose

“...amazing young pianist...” - NPR Music

“Julian Pollack is a talented piano player and composer who glides across the keyboard creating shapes of varying angles. He is talented, confident, and open minded” - DAVE SAMUELS, legendary jazz vibraphonist (The Carribbean Jazz Project)

“...young discoveries Taylor Eigsti; Kyrgystani prodigy Eldar; California ace Julian Waterfall Pollack; and Houston-bred Helen Sung” - THE SEATTLE TIMES

“Berkeley High's recent emeriti include drummer Justin Brown, and pianists Mike Aaberg and Julian Waterfall Pollack, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire” - THE EAST BAY EXPRESS

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New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Pollack, still a student himself at NYU, has taught at Jazz Camps through out the country, specializing in developing young talent. Private lessons are $50 an hour.

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Clinics available for all levels and all ages

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