Julian Bliss and his septet recreate the irresistible energy and revolutionary invention of music by Benny Goodman, who reigned as undisputed King of Swing in the 1930s and 1940s.
The Julian Bliss Septet
Julian leads his septet through some of the great tunes of the swing era, staying true to the authentic feel but with a modern twist. Having become enamoured with the music of Benny Goodman as a child, Bliss formed his band in partnership with pianist Neal Thornton three years ago. “We spent months listening to every version of each tune we could find, and putting together our own versions while still being mindful of the light and fun feel Goodman captured all those years ago.”
The programme has been performed in venues across Europe including London’s Wigmore Hall and legendary jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s as well as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and leading festivals.
Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest solo clarinettists excelling as concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players, as guest lecturer and creator of the Leblanc Bliss range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a large new audience to his instrument. The breadth and depth of Julian’s artistry are reflected in the diversity and distinction of his work. He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and performed chamber music with Joshua Bell, Hélène Grimaud, Steven Isserlis, Steven Kovacevich and other great interpreters.
Julian stands today among the finest musicians of his generation. He launched the Julian Bliss Septet in 2012 at Wigmore Hall and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and fronted their debut disc, Benny Goodman – The King of Swing. This programme has gone on to be performed across the world, including a sell-out performance at the Concertgebouw.