Julian Chan is a freelance saxophonist/flutist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He recently graduated with a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College in NYC, where he studied with jazz greats Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, (the late) Prof. Emeritus Howard Brofsky and David Berkman. In addition, he has also studied/mentored, as well as performed with many Malaysian music legends – Greg Lyons, Thomas Theseira, David Gomes, Michael Veerapen, Jose Thomas, and many others.
Julian is an established performer and sessionist in Malaysia, and began his professional performance career from 2001 until present. Like most musicians in the Malaysian music scene, Julian started his career performing in small gigs, such as hotel lounge jazz bands and private events (such as weddings, corporate events, etc). It wasn’t long before he eventually increased his exposure as a saxophonist and a sessionist, and this gave him the opportunity to perform and play in more notable shows and with more notably higher profile musicians and artistes, as well as recording for various sessions, ranging from advertisement jingles to albums.
He has performed in Malaysia and other parts of the Asian region, from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, China and recently Japan. He has played with various jazz luminaries and established himself well in the Malaysian music scene, as a sideman and as a bandleader. Since beginning his performing career in 2001, Julian has performed in all the jazz venues in Malaysia, from the well-established No Black Tie, Alexis Bistro, Mezze Lounge, Nero Fico, to the now-defunct The Top Room, Groove Junction, and many others. He has also managed to perform out in other countries around the Asian region, going out on tour with Chinese pop artistes as well as jazz tours.
Previous projects include recording/co-producing NY-based Malaysian violinist FUNG CHERN HWEI’s album “From The Heart”, a debut feature in WVC Trio + 1’s second album “ELEVEN”, Japanese NY-based pianist AYAKO SATO’s album ANONYMOUS 5 “A New Hope”, being a Producer/musical director/musician for “Let’s Go Mamak” and “Let’s Go Mamak, Again!” (by Inner Voices Productions) a Malaysian-music fusion concert involving Malaysian traditional instruments with modern instruments. In 2011, The CLAUDE DIALLO SITUATION released a live recording CD of their debut Malaysian performance at No Black Tie in July 2010, called “LIVE AT NO BLACK TIE, featuring JULIAN CHAN”, where Julian appeared as a guest saxophonist. Julian was also featured in the 2012 release of Winnie Ho’s “The Jazzy Sounds of Teresa Teng” (Pop Pop Music) and the 2013 compilation “BLOOM” (Pop Pop Music).
As a member of the band, WVC Malaysian Jazz Ensemble (formerly known as WVC TRiO+1), Julian is also featured in the 2014 release of the band’s fourth album “WAITING FOR THAT DAY”, and recently released their fifth studio album in 2016, titled “DO NOT GO GENTLY” along with his stalwart bandmates – Tay Cher Siang (piano/bandleader/composer), AJ Popshuvit (bass) and KJ Wong (drums). This band has performed and appeared in many events and live performances, from jazz festivals and clubs, toured in various country in Asia including China, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. Their biggest tour was their one-month long, WAITING FOR THAT DAY Asian Tour 2014 in China and Thailand. They also performed a sold-out two nights concert in 2015 at the KL Performing Arts Centre, titled “WVC presents WAITING FOR THAT DAY: A LIVE CONCERT Live at KLPac”.
Julian has played/appeared for the following bands/artistes:
Julian Chan New Quartet. WVC Malaysian Jazz Ensemble. Julian Chan’s “Boplicity”. Q Sound. David Gomes. Junji Delfino. Greg Lyons. Michael Veerapen. Eleven Fela Orchestra. Jose Thomas. KL Youth Jazz Orchestra (conductor). Winnie Ho. Yudi Yap. Janet Lee. Jonathan Lee (李宗盛). Jeff Chang (张信哲). Mac Chew. Jenny Chin. Reshmonu. Elvira Arul. Dayang Nurfaizah. Sheila Majid. Ning Baizura. Stephen Rahman-Hughes. Laura Fygi. Anthony Strong. Peter Grant. James Morrison (Aus). Jeremy Monteiro. Alemay Fernadez (SG). Fritz Renolds & The Bostonian Friends.
and many others.
Julian has also performed at various venues, events and festivals, including:
Chijmes Jazz Festival SINGAPORE
PHILIPS International Jazz Festival MALAYSIA
Kuching International Jazz Festival MALAYSIA
Penang International Jazz Festival MALAYSIA
Genting International Jazz Festival MALAYSIA
Java Jazz Festival INDONESIA
Hudson River Jazz Fest (2008) NEW YORK, USA
Taichung Jazz Festival TAIWAN
Brass Explosion Festival SINGAPORE
JakJazz Jazz Festival INDONESIA
Tianjin International Jazz Festival TIANJIN, CHINA
Macau International Jazz Week MACAU
Jonathan Lee Sense & Sensibility World Tour (2006-2007) , CHINA, TAIWAN
Jeff Chang Love Tour (2013-2014), CHINA, SINGAPORE, KUALA LUMPUR
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When not performing, Julian is also a part-time lecturer at the Institute of Music UCSI University. He also gives private lessons in his studio, as well as conducting workshops/masterclasses in various music schools and music colleges in Malaysia.
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