Julia Dollison

Julia Dollison

 Sacramento, California, USA

Julia Dollison is a contemporary jazz vocalist who breathes new interpretive life into a wide-ranging mix of freshly reharmonized standards and compelling original compositions. Her debut CD "Observatory" is starting to receive national jazz radio airplay and critical acclaim...


Six years ago, the Washington Post called Julia Dollison "a deeply musical virtuoso with an airy, luminous voice." Last year, the Wall Street Journal and Jazz Times magazine praised her debut CD Observatory as “richly imaginative” and “rare… fresh and substantive,” respectively. This year the Sacramento Bee described her singing as “subtle, spontaneous and breathtaking.”

Today, Dollison's uniquely personal brand of jazz is delighting club-goers and concert audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada. So far this year, she's performed as a guest with the Grammy award-winning Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, appeared by invitation at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) in New York, premiered a concerto written for her by pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and was a featured headliner at the Brubeck Festival in Northern California.

Since being named DownBeat's Best Jazz Vocal Soloist in 2000, Dollison has been heard at such New York clubs as Tavern on the Green, Jazz Standard, Sweet Rhythm and Cornelia Street Cafe. She's shared the stage with Jamey Aebersold, Bob Dorough, Christian McBride, Mark Murphy, Dianne Reeves, Ira Sullivan and Kenny Wheeler, as well as pop artist and fellow University of Miami alumnus Jon Secada, and has sung with Erich Kunzel and the Naples Philharmonic.

Currently the applied jazz voice instructor at Sacramento State University, Dollison was previously on the faculty at the New School University in New York, and Florida's University of Miami, where she earned her B.M. and M.M. degrees in studio music and jazz performance, teaching with a full assistantship while earning her graduate degree. While there, she was featured in various award-winning Miami jazz ensembles, performing at IAJE conventions in New York (1998) and New Orleans (2000). She has since been invited to return as a solo artist to conferences in Toronto (2003), Long Beach (2005) and New York (2007).

A classically trained soprano, Dollison sang the solos in Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms under Michael Tilson Thomas and played the title role in Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. She's also appeared in the "Voices of Liberty" show at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center, where she was featured as a main park attraction.

An experienced studio singer, Dollison can be heard on the film score of The Stepford Wives (DreamWorks 2004), the film trailers for Vera Drake (Fine Line Cinema 2004) and The Corpse Bride (Warner Brothers Pictures 2005), and commercials for Disney World, Pier One Imports, The Orange Bowl and Radio City Music Hall, Mattress Discounters and Go Girl Energy Drinks.


Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider - Dollison and Marsh (ArtistShare, 2010)

Observatory / Julia Dollison
(Like So Music, 2005)

Skin Tones / Samuel Torres (One Soul Records, 2005)

The Stepford Wives (DreamWorks, 2004)

Vera Drake (Fine Line Cinema, 2004)

Drum Solos Revisited (LP Latin Percussion, 2003)

Rio Corcovado/Quiet Nights (Floreria Records, 2002)

Moment's Notice (Summit Records, 2001)

Chris Jentsch/Miami Suite (Blue Schist, 2000)

Set List

All sets include a wide-ranging mix of jazz standards, original compositions and lyrics, and first-class improvisation. Sample set list (all arrangements by Julia Dollison):

Autumn In New York
(Vernon Duke)

All The Things You Are

Forward, Like So
(Julia Dollison)

In A Mellotone

Nite Daze

Lost at Sea
(Julia Dollison)

Your Mind Is On Vacation
(Mose Allison)

I'm Old Fashioned

Promise Me Not To Love Me

(Rufus Wainwright)