Julian Pollack / J3PO (b. 1988) is an established pianist/keyboardist and producer. Described by Timeout New York as a musician who “deftly balances virtuosity with tenderness,” Julian is an in-demand sideman as well a leader of his own groups, J3PO. He has performed, recorded, and/or produced for the likes of The Lesson GK, Tierney Sutton, Grace Kelly, John Pizzarelli, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Mike “Maz” Maher, Louis Cato (The Tonight Show), George Garzone, Ari Hoenig, Nir Felder, Gil Goldstein (Esperanza Spalding), Chase Baird (Antonio Sanchez), Amanda Brown (Adele), Marko Djordjevic, Evan “EMAR” Marien, Grace Weber, Carrie Manolakos, and many others.
After graduating from the renowned Berkeley High School jazz program he moved to New York City where at the age of 18 he was featured on the syndicated NPR show Piano Jazz hosted by Marianne McPartland. He has studied with Kenny Werner, Jean-Michele Pilc, and Brad Mehldau.
Julian has written music for orchestra, including his own Piano Concerto (2012) and Night Flower (2013), and has performed internationally with orchestras around the world. He has appeared on television in the NBC hit series SMASH as well as America’s Got Talent and the Academy-Award-nominated documentary Rehearsing a Dream which continues to appear on HBO.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, he runs his own studio, Bridge + Water Productions, and produces and mixes artists from around the world. Lately, he’s been focusing on his own project, J3PO, creating new sounds with different pedals in conjunction with his keyboards and electronic music production.
Julian is endorsed by Dave Smith Instruments, NORD Keyboards, and Strymon Engineering.