Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ
Director and saxophonist Julius Tolentino has been in the New York jazz scene for over 10 years. He has played with many small groups and big bands including Louis Hayes’ Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band and Louis Hayes’ Quartet, Eric Reed’s Sextet, Jeremy Pelt’s Quintet, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band and the Count Basie and Ellington Orchestra’s. Julius has played in most of the top jazz venues and festivals in the US, Avery Fisher Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, Birdland and Dizzy’s Coca Cola. As a leader his debut cd “Just the Beginning” on the Sharp Nine label peaked at #8 on the jazz charts. As a Vandoren and RS Berkley artist he has conducted region jazz bands and he has been a guest artist/clinician for numerous summer jazz programs and colleges. He is currently the director of Performing Ensembles at Jazz House Kids and the Jazz Director of Newark Academy.