The Batte Center Presents: A Tribute to Benny Goodman: The Julian Bliss Septet

Feb 25
Sun @ 3:00 pm
A Tribute to Benny Goodman: The Julian Bliss Septet
February 25, 2018
Sun at 3:00 pm
The Batte Center
McGee Theatre
One of Britain’s finest clarinetists, Julian Bliss brings the legendary King of Swing’s music to life in this delightful evening of songs and stories. Goodman was a colossus of the Swing Era igniting enthusiasm in ballrooms and over airwaves with his unmatched flair and genius on the clarinet.  Bliss and his band stay true to his music but add a modern twist as they perform the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Prima, Euby Blake, George and Ira Gershwin and more!
"Bliss is capable of swinging mightily and adapting his formidable technique to the task at hand." –Jazz Times
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 Bliss Septet
Julian Bliss  Clarinet
Neal Thornton  Piano
Martin Shaw  Trumpet
Colin Oxley  Guitar
Tim Thornton  Bass
Ed Richardson Drums
Lewis Wright  Vibraphone
“The Julian Bliss Septet and A Tribute To Benny Goodman celebrates not only the virtuoso pioneer of American swing music but captures the vibrant joy of a simple unadorned melody played with feeling and conviction.”  --Critical Jazz