Julian Pollack (b. 1988) is an established pianist/keyboardist and producer on the NYC music scene. 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, including the retro-talkbox-progressive-soul project J3PO. He has performed, recorded, and/or produced for the likes of Tierney Sutton, Grace Kelly, John Pizzarelli, Gentei Kaijo (The Lesson NYC), 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 Brooklyn, Julian is often in the house band on Thursday nights for the acclaimed New York experimental hip-hop session “The Lesson” featuring Gentei Kaijo. He runs his own studio, Bridge + Water Productions, and produces 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 talk box.