Recreating the exciting sound of swing from the 30’s and 40’s, Julian Bliss leads his sextet through some of the great tunes of the swing era, staying true to the authentic feel but with a modern twist. Julian became enamoured with the performances of Benny Goodman at the age of seven, and in 2010 decided to form a group to perform Goodman’s music. The album “A Tribute to Benny Goodman” was recorded in 2011 and released on Signum Records in June 2012 to critical acclaim from both jazz and classical reviewers.
For live performances, Julian Bliss and pianist Neal Thornton offer an unbiased point of view about the work of Benny Goodman, talking the audience through the music and sharing anecdotes and stories about Goodman’s life, all delivered with humour.
The programme has been performed across Europe including at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as well as at leading festivals and venues across the UK and Europe.
Clarinet / Piano / Bass / Drums / Vibraphone / Trumpet /Guitar
Benny Goodman: Slipped Disc
Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson: Dont be that way
Ted Synder, Harry B. Smith, Francis Wheeler: Sheik Of Araby
Hoagy Carmichael, Sidnet Arodin: Up A Lazy River
Benny Goodman, Fred Royal: Soft Winds
Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian: Seven Come Eleven
Eddie de Lange, Will Hudson, Irving Mills: Moonglow
Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard: Sweet Georgia Brown
Louis Prima: Sing Sing Sing
Benny Goodman: Air Mail Special
Nicolo Paganini, Original arr. Lloyd “Skip” Martin: Caprice 24
Eubie Blake: Memories of you
George and Ira Gershwin: Lady Be Good/ Rifftide
Jimmy van Heusen, Johnny Burke: Here’s that Rainy Day
Zequinha de Abreu: Tico tico
Gordon Jenkins: Goodbye
Al Jolson, B. G. De Sylva, Vincent Rose: Avalon
Ernest Seitz, Eugene Lockhart: The World is waiting for the sunrise
Harry Creamer, Turner Layton: After You’ve Gone