Pianist Julian Shore is known for his “deep maturity as a composer and bandleader” (DownBeat) and has been called “a pianist/composer who beyond the obvious elegance of his playing, has a clear sense of the bigger artistic picture” (Peter Hum, Ottowa Citizen).
From Narragansett, Rhode Island, Shore grew up listening to his father playing Bach on his home piano and would often sing along as a toddler. After starting piano lessons at a young age he began studies with famed educator Hal Crook as a teenager. Shortly thereafter Shore was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he entered in Fall 2005. During his time there, under the mentorship of Danilo Perez he also learned from Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade, John Patitucci and many others.
He graduated in 2009 and shortly after moving to New York, did a brief stint with singer Gretchen Parlato, touring with her band in 2010 and performing at the Stockholm Jazz Festival. He has continued to appear as both leader and sideman at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note, and jazz festivals around the globe. He has had the opportunity to perform or record with Gretchen Parlato, Ferenc Nemeth, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gilad Hekselman, Chris Cheek, Kendrick Scott, and Mark Giuliana, among others.
Julian’s most recent record “Which Way Now” was released in 2016 and features Gilad Hekselman, Dayna Stephens, Aidan Carroll, Colin Stranahan and a slew of guests and configurations. His debut record “Filaments” which features Kurt Rosenwinkel, Noah Preminger, Tommy Crane, Phil Donkin, and others was released to critical acclaim in 2012.
Julian Shore was a Litchfield Jazz Camper from the age of 12 on and for some time has served on the Camp faculty. This is his debut as a leader on the Litchfield Mainstage. He appears here with Dayna Stephens on sax, Jorge Roeder on bass, and Jimmy McBride on drums (another LJC alum, but Jimmy started with us at 9, so remarkable was his playing). A very exciting new member of Shore’s group is the great guitarist Ben Molder who just won three Grammy Awards for his work on David Bowie’s last album.