The Julian Bliss Septet was formed in 2010 and quickly became widely known for their trademark inspiring jazz-fuelled shows which have captivated audiences across the globe. Their dazzling virtuosity, extraordinary musicianship and charming humour shines through their programmes of swing, Latin, American and jazz music.  The band has played at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around the world, including the famous Ronnie Scott’s and Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bermuda Jazz Festival and on multiple US tours to sold-out clubs and concert halls including Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York).


The Septet’s early shows were inspired by the great Benny Goodman whose iconic music captivated Julian Bliss as a young musician. Taking a fresh, modern approach to Goodman’s work, the Septet’s first album (The King of Swing) and live performances gained widespread critical and popular acclaim and these programmes remain in great demand today. Expanding their repertoire and working with new genres of music, the group used their mastery of Western classical, swing and jazz to complement the rich heritage of Latin and wider American traditions. Co-founder Neal Thornton (piano) created a programme of new arrangements of the instantly recognizable style of Gershwin and his contemporaries (Celebrating Gershwin). Including music from Porgy and Bess, Rhapsody in Blue and popular favourites - I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You and Lady Be Good – the programme reminds us why these great tunes are referred to as timeless classics.  


The Septet’s new programme – Hooray for Hollywood – showcases some of the greatest music that has come from the movies. Starting with silent film and the early 'talkies', the band echoes music from wartime & Fred Astaire films, musicals and even the classic Disney blockbusters. Enjoy toe-tapping, glorious nostalgia and great music such as Cheek to Cheek, As Time Goes By, Sing Sing Sing, Days of Wine and Roses and My Favourite Things.The Septet are due to release two new recordings recorded in RAK Studios, London, in 2020/2021.


Julian Bliss Clarinet

Martin Shaw Trumpet

Lewis Wright Vibraphone

Neal Thornton Piano

Colin Oxley Guitar

Tim Thornton Bass

Ed Richardson Kit


This programme takes you through some of the great tunes of the swing era, focusing on the work of the great Benny Goodman. Julian will talk you through the music, sharing anecdotes and stories about Goodman’s life. The set includes favourites such as Sing Sing Sing, Don’t be that Way, Stompin’ at the Savoy and more!


The Julian Bliss Septet delve into the treasured Tin Pan Alley sounds of Gershwin and his contemporaries. The programme includes Suite from Porgy and Bess, Excerpt from Rhapsody in Blue, I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You and Lady Be Good.


With their irrepressible, jazz-infused energy, the Julian Bliss Septet presents some of the great music that has come out of Hollywood. Starting with the silent film and the early 'talkies' in the depression years, the Septet also plays music from wartime movies, musicals and even the classic Disney blockbusters. Including Cheek to Cheek, As Time Goes By, Sing Sing Sing, Days of Wine and Roses and My Favourite Things, be tempted to dance and sing-along to this much-loved music, played by one of the most sparkling and talented jazz ensembles of our day.

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