Julian MacDonough

is an award winning drummer and educator.

    Besides being a full time musician, he performs widely with various bands in and outside the U.S. Julian is best known in Bellingham, Wa., for his performances with his own trio consisting of pianist Miles Black and bassist Michael Glynn. He has performed with long-time friend saxophonist and promoter Cory Weeds, also with a modern trio comprised of saxophonist Josh Cook and bassist Michael Glynn as well as the swing era bands of Solomon Douglas.

    He loves and enjoys performing all styles of jazz from traditional, to swing, be bop, and modern. His love of great rock, funk and americana music in addition to jazz has helped make him an in demand studio drummer, having appeared on over 70 recordings. Besides performing over 200 times a year, Julian keeps busy with his love of teaching, instructing not only drums, but jazz combos as part of the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center's high school combo programs.

    He has had the honor and privilege of performing and touring with Harold Mabern, Jimmy Heath, Peter Bernstein, Larry Willis, Seamus Blake, Geoffry Keezer, Jon-Erik Kellso, Grant Stewart, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Joey DeFrancesco, Vincent Herring, Steve Davis, Josh Bruneau, George Cables, Gary Smulyan, Julian Preister, Aaron Parks and many many others.




Julian MacDonough Trio
@ FireHouse Arts and Events Center
Thursday, March 5, 2020 ~ 7:15 PM PDT -
1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225

Hosted by renowned jazz drummer, Julian MacDonough!

Shows feature an eclectic lineup of some of the best jazz musicians working in the PacNW today.

Come out for a an evening of great music.

Trio: Mike Allen (saxophones), Adam Thomas (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

Julian MacDonough Quintet
@ FireHouse Arts and Events Center
Thursday, February 13. 2020 ~ 7:15 PM PDT -
1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225

"Monk’s tunes, exceptionally unique at the time – not unlike the man himself, have become beloved and frequently played jazz standards with the passage of time. Everyone has probably played Straight No Chaser or Blue Monk at one time or another, but the music of Thelonious Monk runs much deeper than these frequently called blues heads. " ~ JazzAdvice.com

Band: Julian MacDonough (drums), Brad Shigeta (trombone), Noah Gotfrit (bass), Mike Allen (Soprano Sax)

Julian MacDonough Quintet
@ FireHouse Arts and Events Center
Friday, January 10, 2020 ~ 7:15 PM PDT -
1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225

J.J. Johnson was a legendary jazz trombonist acknowledged for being one of the first on his instrument to incorporate the harmony and technical fireworks of the bebop language to an instrument not known for its easy execution. Johnson led a legendary, yet virtually unheralded quintet in the late 1950’s that included pianist Tommy Flanagan, Belgian born saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, and an up and coming drummer from Detroit named Elvin Jones. This group was recorded live at the Cafe Bohemia as well as a hand full of record dates but its most well known recording was done on a European tour and featured just the rhythm section and credited to Flanagan, the LP ” Over Seas.” 

Band: Mike Allen (Sax), Brad Shigeta (trombone), Julian MacDonough (drums), Noah Gotfrit (bass), Tony Foster (piano)

From NYC, pianist David Hazeltine+3
@ Caffe' Adagio
Wednesday, September 26, 2019 ~ 7:00 PM PDT -
1435 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225

David Hazeltine is one of a handful of contemporary pianists who has mastered all of the major musical skills, from improvisation and technique, to accompaniment, arranging, and composition. Even more impressive, David is the rare artist able to innovate in each category. Thus it’s no surprise that he’s the most recorded contemporary jazz pianist of our time, having recorded thirty five cd’s as a leader and hundreds more as a sideman, on various major labels globally. A Milwaukee native, David was playing the clubs as a preteen, and before he’d even come of age he was already grabbing the attention and respect of jazz legends like Sonny Stitt, and Chet Baker. They urged him to make the move to New York City, which he did in 1992.   From bio - website

Band: David Hazeltine - piano, Cory Weeds - Saxophone, Michael Glynn - Bass and Jullian MacDonough - drums


  • MAY 6, 2015 - Brotherhood Of The Drum
    Along with drummers Michael Shrieve and Gene Coye, image from the Julian MacDonough Trio performance at the CONOR BYRNE PUB during the Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle, WA as part of the "Brotherhood of the Drum".

  • March 2015 -
    Behind The Scenes:
    Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center Seeks More Members (Via Bellingham Herald)
    "Bellingham jazz drummer and educator Julian MacDonough has been operating Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center at The Majestic on North Forest Street since October, and says its has already had a wonderful impact on the community. 'It has brought together a lot of different people from different walks of life who share a common love of jazz music,' he says."  
    Read more...  Destination Jazz TV

  • November 2014 - Focus on jazz at the new all-ages Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center
    "The spirit of jazz is burning bright in the heart of Julian MacDonough. Some may say it's an old or tired genre but he doesn't believe it for a second... In fact he believes that jazz can blossom in the public eye once again if someone would just be willing to put on the shows and teach it to the kids. That's where the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center comes in. A personal project for MacDonough, he is hoping the Center will help ignite the passion that he feels for jazz in the younger generations of upcoming musicians as well as the community."  
    Read more...  What's Up!

  • October 31, 2014 - Northwest +1: Minor Suggestions
    "Northwest + 1 is a group of five jazz musicians, all educators that were brought together in a routine guest artist appearance at Spokane Falls Community College in June of 2013, by trumpeter/educator Kevin Woods. Woods along with his SFCC colleague pianist Danny McCollum, assembled a rhythm section of Washington's finest with Jon Hamar on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums to fill out the group of Northwestern based musicians. "  
    Read more...  All About Jazz

  • October 22, 2014 - Behind the Scenes:
    Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center hosts 'soft' opening concert Oct. 26 at the Majestic
    "A few months ago, Bellingham drummer Julian MacDonough was seeking a space for what he envisioned as a performance and educational space for local musicians. When plans for the original space he had in mind (at Bay Street Village) fell through, he kept looking. A couple of weeks ago, he found a space. The Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center will open celebrate a grand opening Nov. 5 at the downstairs club space at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St."  
    Read more...  Bellingham Herald