Project Description

Julian Bliss Septet

The Julian Bliss Septet was formed in 2010 and today is renowned for bringing the sound of swing, Latin, American and jazz music to audiences across the world. The members of the Septet, all exceptional solo musicians in their own right, transport listeners back to the heady days of classic swing and jazz through their entertaining, innate musicality and dazzling shows of virtuosity.

The band has played at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around, including the famous Ronnie Scott’s, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bermuda Jazz Festival and two US tours covering a number of packed clubs and concert halls, delighting audiences with their uplifting and humorous shows.

Initially the group focused on the work of the great Benny Goodman, whose iconic music inspired Julian as a young musician. Taking a fresh, modern approach to Goodman’s work, the Septet’s first album and live show gained widespread critical and popular acclaim and laid the foundation for their future success. Following its formative years, the group began to perform music from Latin and wider American traditions, using their mastery of Western classical, swing and jazz to complement the rich heritage of these genres.

Today the Septet performs a wide and varied programme, most recently showcasing the stories and instantly-recognizable sounds of Tin Pan Alley through music by Gershwin and his contemporaries. A suite of original arrangements for the group, including music from Porgy and Bess, Rhapsody in Blue and popular favourites I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You and Lady Be Good, ensure that the audiences of today continue to find these classics as entertaining, enjoyable and surprising as ever.

Julian Bliss  Clarinet
Martin Shaw Trumpet
Lewis Wright  Vibraphone
Neal Thornton  Piano
Colin Oxley  Guitar
Tim Thornton  Bass
Ed Richardson  Kit