and teacher who attended Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, Music
Academy of the West, and USC, from whence she received a Bachelor of Arts
degree in music.
a member of the aptly titled Buffum Ensemble in
the ‘70s, along with Denyse and Thomas Buffum. On 26th April 1974, they
performed, under the umbrella of the South Bay Chamber Music Society, Inc.,
a program that ranged from Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn to
modern compositions by members of the ensemble.
not take long for Julianna’s career as a
session musician to take off.
In 1975, she appeared on Gene Harris’s album, Nexus. A year later, she helped Waylon
Jennings ask the musical question, Are
You Ready for the Country.
Some of her recordings with Waylon made the cut on his Nashville Rebel boxed set. In 1978, she collaborated with Terry
Callier on Fire on Ice and Ted Gardestad on his album, Blue Virgin Isles.
One year after that, she joined a litany of estimable session
musicians on Frank Sinatra’s boxed set, Trilogy, and was part of the string section on The
Whispers’ eponymous LP.
turn of the decade, she teamed up with Googie
& Tom Coppola on Shine the Light
of Love. In 1982, it was
off to Hollywood with Maynard
Ferguson. (She also appeared on
his Carnival album.) She joined forces with George Duke
in 1983 on his Guardian of the Light
album and they would reunite eight years later on his CD, Dream On.
albums on which she appears include For
the Good Times with Dinah Shore and People
Get Ready: Songs of Protest
from the Warner Jazz Vaults.
She has also worked with George Benson, The Eagles, Carole King, and
Barbra Streisand, in addition to working on advertising jingles.
new millennium, she has focused her attention on teaching a new generation
of musicians, instructing young hopefuls at St. Margaret’s Episcopal
School in Palm Desert, California, and teaching cello at Idyllwild Arts
Academy, also located in the Golden State.