Hi, my name’s Julian Bradley. I’m a jazz pianist from the UK, with a masters degree in music.
I started playing piano at age 7, and attended weekly lessons in classical piano for the next 10 years.
But at age 17, I attended a Wynton Marsalis concert - this was my first introduction to jazz and I’ll never forget the experience…
I remember the piano player in particular - an African-American musician in his twenties, wearing a baggy flannel shirt, blue jeans and workman boots. He had a pencil behind his ear which he used to scribble notes above his sheet music, while he tried out different chord voicings at the piano. The chords he was playing sounded instantly fascinating to me - like nothing I’d ever heard before - and I remained mesmerized by the music throughout the whole concert.
I was so inspired by the experience that I committed myself to learning jazz piano, and the next day I began my search for information:
I went to my music teachers for help - but while my teachers were great musicians and teachers of classical music - it soon became clear that they couldn’t help me when it came to jazz.
I searched the internet for advice - but the information was disorganized, scattered across hundreds of websites, and I could never fully trust what I was reading.
I ordered jazz piano books online - usually inspired by the words ‘jazz piano’ in the title, or some stylish cover art. But when the books arrived in the mail, I soon realized that they were simplified for beginners - and they wouldn't show me how to create the authentic jazz sound that I’d heard at Wynton’s concert.
But after a few months of struggling alone, I was lucky to find a jazz piano teacher living in a nearby city.
I made the hour-long trek to his house, by foot and by bus, and within 5 minutes of sitting down at the piano with Terry, I knew that this was exactly what I needed. Terry was the real deal - a qualified jazz pianist who’d gone through the process himself, and knew how to teach.
Finally I had someone who could answer my jazz questions and fill in the missing gaps to my knowledge.
I met with Terry regularly - snatching up every available teaching slot in his schedule - and we focused on one thing at a time.
I got answers to all of my questions, I stopped struggling, and I raced ahead with my jazz piano learning.
Since studying with Terry and several other world-class teachers along the way, I’ve enjoyed a lot of jazz piano success - playing with big bands and trios, and performing to large audiences, both in the UK and US.
Through my Jazz Tutorial YouTube channel, I’ve helped teach over 200,000 subscribing musicians.
I also studied classical music at 3 top colleges - Lancaster University (UK), the University of California; Santa Cruz, and I graduated with a masters degree in music composition from Bristol University.
It’s now been more than 10 years since the Wynton Marsalis concert that sparked my passion for jazz, and I can now create the authentic jazz sound that I so desperately wanted to learn. Now I want to help you to do the same thing.
I know how hard it is to get access to a qualified jazz piano teacher, and that’s why I've worked hard to provide you with a world-class education in jazz piano through this website and my online jazz tutorials - so that anyone with passion can learn jazz piano.
No matter how old you are, what country you’re from, or whether or not you had ‘formal training’…
My goal is to provide you with the clearest explanations of jazz piano - delivered in a calm and down-to-earth style.
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