The sounds of yesterday, today, and tomorrow are generated from the mind and soul of Julius Tolentino. With sophisticated technique and skilled interpretation, Julius creates a sound that is unique while also based on tradition. Composer and performer, Julius builds a rapport with his audience and strives to produce an authentic portrayal of jazz music.
Born in Bloomfield, NJ, Julius started studying piano at the age of 7. He continued his musical endeavors, which included clarinet when he was 10. By 13 Julius made the transition to alto saxophone. It was with this instrument that Julius began to explore his love for jazz.
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David Franklin, Jazz Times- The altoist cites Jackie McLean as a mentor, and
McLean's influence is immediately apparent in Tolentino's tightly focused,
pleasantly piercing tone, much like those of McLean and Kenny Garrett.
David Orthmand, All About Jazz- Tolentino's maturity and willingness to
make the record more than just a showcase for his own talent is apparent as
he shares the writing, arranging, and solo space with an able crew of band
mates. Another positive sign is the patience and attention to detail he puts
into sculpting improvisations.