Julian Waterfall Pollack on Piano Jazz Piano Jazz introduces yet another amazing young jazz pianist who's bursting onto the scene. Pollack is just barely out of high school, but he's already exciting fans and fellow musicians in San Francisco with his virtuosic technique, exciting compositions and an imaginative approach to jazz.
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Set List

  • "Beautiful Love" (Gillespie, King, Van Alstyne, Young)
  • "Valeria" (Pollack)
  • "Days of Wine and Roses" (Mancini, Mack)
  • "On Green Dolphin Street" (Kaper, Washington)
  • "And I Love Her" (Lennon, McCartney)
  • "Portrait of Julian Pollack" (McPartland)
  • "All of You" (Porter)
  • "Au Privave" (C.Parker)

Pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack is burning up the San Francisco jazz scene and he's not even 20. Pollack comes from a long line of musicians; his mother is a classical concert pianist and his first piano teacher. His father, a conductor and jazz saxophonist first introduced Julian to jazz. His grandparents also worked as professional musicians.

Though Pollack's career has been relatively short, he's racked up a number of honors. Down Beat named Pollack's group "Outstanding High School Instrumental Group" in 2004 and 2005. At the Next Generation Festival put on by the Monterey Jazz Festival, Pollack was named the "Outstanding Combo Soloist" for 2004, 2005 and 2006. He also reigned as principle pianist for the San Francisco All-Star High School Ensemble for his entire high school career.

Pollack has appeared on some of the world's best stages — from the international festivals of Umbria and Montreux to impressive U.S. venues such as Lincoln Center, Dizzy's and Yoshi's.

Pollack's musical interests are varied. He is well-versed in classical music in addition to jazz, and many of his original compositions reflect his interest in modern pop music and rock and roll. His first album, Alive Again, was a self-released venture with a set of pop-inflected tunes on which Pollack plays all the instruments and sings. His latest album, Goin' For It, is on JazzSchool Records and demonstrates his solid jazz chops.

Originally recorded Nov. 14, 2006.