My name is Julius and I am 17 years old. I’ve been playing music all my life and love it. I began studying classical piano while teaching myself drums at the age of 4, began playing regularly in my church at 9, and was enrolled into the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division where I studied classical piano, and currently study jazz piano, drums, and composition at 10. I will begin my studies as a Jazz Piano student at the Juilliard School of Music in the fall of 2016.
My hard work has earned me recognition from the Charles Mingus High School Festival & Competition, Downbeat Student Music Awards, NAACP National ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Science Olympics), the Next Generation Jazz Festival High School Competition, NFAA’s YoungArts, the Grammy Foundation, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center, and most recently, the Monterrey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
I have had the wonderful privilege to study under and work with many great musicians and teachers including: John Senakwami, Ubaldo Díaz-Acosta, Jeremy Manasia, Richard Huntley, Kenny Washington, Craig Weinrib, Javon Jackson, Benny Green, Todd Coolman, Jim Saltzman, Lisa Nelson, Dennis Mackrel, Andra Day, Cyrus Chestnut, Jason Moran, and more.
My playing appears on the recordings of Kate Gratson, Lauren Gayle, Morgan Guerin, Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, and my debut album, Introducing Orange Julius and the Big Beat, is now available on iTunes, Bandcamp. and many other platforms.