Featured Ensemble Director


Julius Tolentino

Newark Academy, Livingston , NJ

Director and saxophonist Julius Tolentino has been in the New York jazz scene for over 15 years. He has played with numerous small groups and big bands including Louis Haye’s Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band and Quartet, Eric Reed’s Sextet, Jeremy Pelt’s Quintet, Natalie Cole, Wycliffe Gordon, Connie
Francis, Gloria Gaynor, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Christian McBride Big Band, the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Mr. Tolentino has played in the top jazz venues and festivals in the US, which
includes Avery Fisher Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, the Village Vanguard, Birdland, Blue Note, the Jazz Standard 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 in 2006. As a Vandoren, P Mauriat and RS Berklee artist he has conducted region jazz bands and has been a guest artist/clinician for numerous summer jazz programs. He has served as NJAJE Region I President from 2009-2011 and the Director of Large Ensembles at Jazz House Kids since 2010. He is currently the Jazz Director at Newark Academy where he conducts five jazz ensembles. His accomplishments as an educator have included several trips to the Essentially Ellington Finals in 2012 and 2015 with Newark Academy, 2nd place with Jazz House Kids in 2013 and 2014, first place “Conglomerate Big Band” at the Charles Mingus Competition in 2011, 2012, 2014 (Jazz House Kids), first place “High School Band” 2014 and 2015 (Newark Academy) and First Place at the NJAJE State Finals six years running 2010-2015 (Newark Academy). Mr Tolentino has been awarded
the Illinois Jacquet Jazz Educator of the Year award courtesy of the Illinois Jacquet Foundation in 2013.
          February 11, 2017