In 2010, Julian Bliss – one of the finest clarinetists of our day – joined a handpicked selection of some of the best musicians on the jazz scene to form the Julian Bliss Septet.
Having now graced the stage of several of the world’s finest venues and festivals including London’s Wigmore Hall, the infamous Ronnie Scott’s, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Bermuda Jazz Festival alongside two tours of the US to packed concert halls and clubs, the band have shared their humourous, uplifting and classy show to audiences the world over.
In the early days, the band started out exploring the music of Benny Goodman – a passion of Julian’s since the age of 7 – and has gone from strength to strength. The live show and consequently their first album showcased some of the best tunes of this era inspiring authenticity with a modern twist.
Since that point, the musicians have performed a selection of material from the rich world of Latin and American music, infusing over 200 years of musical heritage with their command of Western classical and jazz. From the elegant rumba to the wildly exciting samba, Latin music has it all.
Most recently, the Julian Bliss Septet has delved into the treasured Tin Pan Alley sounds of Gershwin and his contemporaries. The most-loved melodies and swinging tunes explore musical stories and are showcased by original arrangement for the septet, including a suite from Porgy and Bess, an excerpt from Rhapsody in Blue and the great songs: I got rhythm, Embraceable you and Lady be Good.
“even the word superb belies the true talent and sheer joy these men possess” The DM Online
“Bliss is capable of swinging mightily and adapting his formidable technique to the task at hand.” The Jazz Times
“The Julian Bliss Septet and A Tribute To Benny Goodman celebrates not only the virtuoso pioneer of American swing music but captures the vibrant joy of a simple unadorned melody played with feeling and conviction.” Critical Jazz
Julian Bliss Clarinet
Martin Shaw Trumpet
Lewis Wright Vibraphone
Neal Thornton Piano
Colin Oxley Guitar
Tim Thornton Bass
Ed Richardson Kit