Julian Waterfall Pollack
|Julian Waterfall Pollack|
|Born||28 June 1988|
|Occupations||Jazz pianist, composer, singer-songwriter|
|Years active||2004 — present|
|Associated acts||Grace and Julian|
|Website||Julian Pollack Waterfall
Grace and Julian
Julian Waterfall Pollack (born June 28, 1988) is an American pianist, composer, and singer-songwriter associated with jazz, post-bop, and pop music. He has performed at jazz festivals in the US and abroad, including the Umbria Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival, and appeared on the prestigious Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio show aired on NPR.
Pollack began piano lessons at the early age of five with his mother, Susan Waterfall, and was called a child prodigy, able to play difficult pieces of classical music well beyond his years. He attended The Crowden School in Berkeley, California, for his middle school years, where he received training in orchestral playing, chamber music, harmony, and counterpoint, as well as a courses in the liberal arts. For his high school years he attended Berkeley High School where he developed his love for jazz, playing as principal pianist for four years in their award-winning Jazz ensemble. During his four years of High School, he released two recordings, Goin' For It (Jazzschool Records) and Alive Again (Independent). Goin' For It received much critical acclaim in the Bay Area and finally won national recognition by being featured on Jazziz Magazine's monthly CD.
In 2006, Pollack left the Bay Area to attend New York University in New York City. Shortly after his arrival, he was invited to be featured on NPR's prestigious radio show Piano Jazz, hosted by Marian McPartland. He also met singer Grace Weber at New York University with whom he formed the band Grace and Julian. In 2007 they released their debut album, Grace and Julian, which showcases their original material, on their newly formed record label Junebeat Records. In August 2007, Pollack released his first solo piano CD, Solitude, on Junebeat Records.
- Alive Again (Independent Release, 2004)
- Goin’ For It (Jazzschool Records, 2006) (Trio release with Darrell Green and David Ewell)
- Grace and Julian (Junebeat Records, 2007) (with Grace Weber)
- Solitude (Junebeat Records, 2007)
- 94 & 95 (Junebeat Records, 2008)
- Infinite Playground (Junebeat Records, 2010)
Source: Jazzserver database
- Scheinin, Richard (August 3, 2006). "Bay Area pianist, 17, records solid jazz CD.". San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, CA). Retrieved 2009-01-11.