Hooray for Hollywood: The Julian Bliss Septet

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Biography

Gracing the stages of Ronnie Scott’s legendary jazz club to the Wigmore Hall in London, Bermuda Jazz Festival, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Julian Bliss Septet has shared their uplifting, classy, humorous shows and exceptional musicianship around the world since their formation in 2010.

Handpicked by one of the finest clarinetists of our day, Julian Bliss, the Septet perform shows that combine over 200 years of musical heritage with and incredible command of Western classical and jazz.  The band started out exploring the inspirational music of Benny Goodman – a passion of Julian’s since the age of 7 – and has gone from strength to strength with packed audiences and standing ovations around the world. The live show, and consequently their first album, showcased some of the best tunes of this era inspiring authenticity with a modern twist.

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.

Julian and the Septet are currently working on a new programme, Hooray for Hollywood, which will begin to tour in Summer 2020. The programme will present some of the greatest music to have come out of Hollywood, ranging from silent film and early ‘talkies’ in the depression years to wartime movies, musicals and Disney blockbusters, including hits such as Cheek to Cheek, Sing Sing Sing, Days of Wine and Roses and My Favourite Things. It will showcase arrangements by Julian (clarinet), Lewis Wright (vibraphone), Tim Thornton (bass) and Neal Thornton (piano).

Reviews

“Bliss is indeed amongst the clarinet greats, displaying incredible technical skills. He was a joy to watch as he transitioned between registers with ease.”

Gemma Regan

Limelight, Aug 2018