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). His work as both a versatile sideman, and experienced bandleader has JazzTimes calling him one of the “leaders of the young jazz piano scene.”
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. During his time there, under the mentorship of Danilo Perez, he performed in the Panama Jazz Festival, learning from Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade, John Patitucci while there.
He moved to New York shortly after graduating, and had his first serious performing experience with singer Gretchen Parlato- touring the US and abroad with her band in 2010 including the Stockholm Jazz Festival. Since then he has become one of the most in-demand pianists in New York, appearing as both leader and sideman at venues like Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note, and jazz festivals around the globe. He has had the opportunity to perform, tour and record with musicians such as Theo Bleckmann, Gretchen Parlato, Ferenc Nemeth, Gilad Hekselman, Don Braden, Romero Lubambo, Matt Wilson, Ben Monder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kendrick Scott, Mark Giuliana among many others.
As an educator Shore remains active in a variety of settings. He transcribed and notated hundreds of pages of piano performance for Herbie Hancock’s Master Class for Masterclass.com, as well as being an artistic consultant for the course. His teaching credits include piano instruction at the New School University, as well as acclaimed jazz education programs like the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Samba Meets Jazz.
His most recent record "Which Way Now" was released in early 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.