Eight years ago, the Washington Post called Julia Dollison "a deeply musical virtuoso with an airy, luminous voice." Four years ago, critics praised Dollison's self-released debut CD "Observatory" as “rare, fresh and substantive” (JazzTimes Magazine), "richly imaginative" (Wall Street Journal) and “subtle, spontaneous and breathtaking” (Sacramento Bee).
Today, Dollison has released her newest recording project "Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider" through ArtistShare®, the Grammy Award- winning fan-based internet environment that promotes the artist's creative process. Here, she and her husband Kerry Marsh, vocalist and award-winning arranger, pay tribute to their mentor and ArtistShare's multi-Grammy Award- winning flagship artist Maria Schneider, recreating compositions written for her own jazz orchestra by multi-tracking the horn parts to create a two- voice orchestra. Dollison and Marsh will be touring this spring to promote their new CD, performing in duet with their own pre-recorded vocal tracks from the album minus the two parts they'll be singing live. The duo will also reprise songs from Dollison's "Observatory" CD and preview some of their newer arrangements and compositions.
Meanwhile, Dollison's uniquely personal brand of jazz is delighting club- goers, concert and festival audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe. She's performed with the Maria Schneider Orchestra at New York's Jazz Standard, appeared by invitation at many IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) and CMEA (California Music Educators Association) conferences. Dollison premiered a concerto written for her by Grammy- nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer, then headlined with him at the Brubeck Festival. As a performing vocalist and educator, Julia also regularly appears in California and throughout the world as a featured guest artist, clinician and adjudicator.
Since winning the DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award for Best Collegiate 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, Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Mark Murphy, Dianne Reeves, and Kenny Wheeler. She has performed and recorded backing vocals for pop artists Ben Folds, John Secada, Nell Carter and Regis Philbin. She has performed as a guest soprano soloist under the direction of symphony conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Erich Kunzel, and has appeared with the Boston Pops Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.
Dollison is currently the vocal jazz program coordinator and applied jazz voice instructor at Sacramento State, winning ten total DownBeat Student Music Awards for Best College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Best Collegiate Jazz Arrangement and Outstanding Jazz Vocal Soloist since 2005. She has also served locally as an assistant director for the DownBeat award-winning vocal jazz ensembles at American River College and Folsom High School. Dollison was previously an adjunct faculty member at the New School University in New York and at Florida's University of Miami, where she earned her B.M. and M.M. degrees in studio music and jazz vocal performance, teaching with a full assistantship while earning her graduate degree.