Julian Euell

Julian Thomas Euell (* May 23, 1929 in New York) is an American bassist of modern jazz and sociologist.

Julian Euell started playing bass in 1944, was from 1945 to 1947 drafted into the U.S. Army and then played with Sonny Rollins and Jackie McLean. From 1949 to 1952 he was not musically active, but worked at the post office. Euell studied 1951-54 at New York University and 1954-55 at Columbia University Sociology (Bachelor 1955). He also studied at the Juilliard School with Fred Zimmerman double bass. In 1952 he played with Elmo Hope, Benny Harris ( 1952-53 ), Charles Mingus (1953), Charlie Rouse ( 1953-54 ), Joe Roland (1955 ) Freddie Redd (1956 ), Gigi Gryce ( 1956-57 ), Phineas Newborn and John Coltrane (1957 ), then from time to time with Mal Waldron ( 1958-59 ), Randy Weston (1959 ), Abbey Lincoln ( 1959-1960 ) and John Handy (1962). Between 1962 and 1966 he was Director of Arts and Cultural Programs at Haryou Act in Harlem, where he organized concerts with Kenny Dorham and Jackie McLean. Until 1968, he played jazz.

He then completed a postgraduate course at the George Washington University ( Ph.D. in American Studies, 1973). Then he worked until 1982 as Assistant Secretary for Public Service at the Smithsonian Institute, to then become head of the Science and Art Department of the Oakland Museum of California (up to 1988) and then to direct the Louis Armstrong House (up to 1995). In 1986 he played again and stepped on, among others, Larry Willis and Ellis Larkins. Together with Hall Overton, he led workshops.

Stylistically, he was distinguished by the fact that he often played a shade before the beat, which gives the impression that pace would constantly tightened.

His son Julian teaches sociology in Ithaca.


  • John Coltrane: Cattin 'With Coltrane and Quinichette ( Prestige / OJC, 1957)
  • Mal Waldron: Mal-2 ( OJC, 1957)
  • Mal Waldron & John Coltrane: Wheelin ' ( Prestige / OJC, 1957)
  • Gigi Gryce: The Rat Race Blues ( OJC, 1960)