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Julian Hartwell

Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader based in Philadelphia, PA. He is inspired by many styles of music which all contribute to his distinctive sound, both solo and in a group setting. For the past 12 years he has performed throughout a wide swath of the Delaware Valley and Philly area – from jazz clubs to rock venues, music ministry to high-class cocktail hours, weddings to improv jams and everything in between, and now teaches jazz piano as an adjunct professor at Temple University. Accolades include sharing the stage with major names like Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, and Jon Faddis at Lincoln Center with the Temple University Jazz Band, while also appearing w/ the latter two musicians on that band's release from spring 2015 entitled “Dear Dizzy: A tribute to Dizzy Gillespie.” Julian's full composing, arranging, and piano skills are most evident on his band's all-original debut album “The Julian Hartwell Project,” which released to critical acclaim in October 2015.

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“All the songs are originals and display a sophisticated sense of tradition and swing… Hartwell’s own touch on the piano is confident and clean...” -George Harris,

“Hartwell is one of the young lions of jazz in the making....”Well worth a sample and repeated spins, The Julian Hartwell Project offers a splendid slice of straight ahead jazz delivered with a fresh new sound…a gifted pianist leading a group of young talented players in their first recording together, this is one musical project that begs for an encore.” -CD review of 'The Julian Hartwell Project' by Ed Blanco @ All About Jazz

“The Julian Hartwell Project had me hooked upon hearing their first song, ‘Street Dreams’…It’s a fresh take on jazz music, that somehow manages to sound like something old school AND brand new at the same time.” ”Indeed, The JHP puts value on heavy horn arrangements and high-caliber musicianship, and it shows.” “This is feel good music that doesn’t get too unapproachable like so many jazz groups get…making music that appeals not only to the head, but to the heart as well...indeed, The JHP puts value on heavy horn arrangements and high-caliber musicianship, and it shows.” -Mark Weber, Mark Weber Music Blog

“Liner notes don’t (always) fib…when they say that Julian’s piano playing (along with the rest of his players on this high-energy jazz outing) evokes “funky, soulful & swinging”, they aren’t kidding, or hedging at all…” “A broad range of musical perception.” -Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation Blog

“It's evident how skilled Julian is at pacing a set or a show, in addition to his composer skills, bandleader skills, improvisation ideation, and straight-up piano chops

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Philadelphia, PA

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Private Piano Teacher in Philadelphia area from 2007 on - Currently adjunct jazz piano instructor at Temple University. Proficient teaching jazz, rock, pop, blues, funk, gospel, etc. Standard Rate - $30 per hr/more depending on travel needs Focus on Fun, Improvisation, & Individual Needs...what does the student want out of Music, "Capital M" ? Technique serves as a gateway to Authentic Expression, not an end in itself. Bringing out the Potential in my Students...creating pathways to arrive at Mastery through Discipline AND Fun!

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