Julian MacDonough is an American jazz musician, studio drummer, and educator based in Bellingham, Washington. Since 2002, Julian has performed throughout North America with such notables as Jimmy Heath, Harold Mabern, Joey DeFranscesco, Terell Stafford, Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, Gary Smulyan, Marcus Printup, Walter Banding Jr., Dr. Lonnie Smith, and many more.

Aside from being hailed as an award winning jazz musician, Julian is an active studio drummer and percussionist, having recorded on over 150 albums to date. Some notable recording dates are: the soon to be released Harold Mabern/Terell Stafford Quintet, Jay Thomas’ The Promise, Star Anna’s Go To Hell, Aaron Parks’ First Romance, Mike Allen Quartet’s A Hip Cosmos, Jon Hamar’s Idyl Wild featuring Rich Perry, Kasey Anderson’s Nowhere Nights, and the Miles Black Trio featuring Grant Stewart. Along with recording, Julian has also played in the pit orchestra for the musicals Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Wizard of Oz, Falsettos, 1940’s Radio Hour, and many others.

In 2014, Julian opened the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center in downtown Bellingham. Known colloquially as WJMAC, the 501(c)3 organization presents weekly concerts with the best regional and national names in jazz today in an intimate listening environment. Each October, the organization hosts the annual WJMAC Jazz Walk, featuring the Pacific Northwest's hottest jazz artists.

Also a learning institution, WJMAC hosts weekly onsite combo classes where students have the unique opportunity to study under Julian, a passionate educator.  Each July students are presented with the chance to stretch their abilities in the WJMAC Summer Jazz Camp. This week-long intensive training program provides a rare environment for inspired students to immerse themselves in a performance education.