Julian Bliss Septet

In 2010, Julian Bliss – one of the finest clarinetists of our day – joined a handpicked selection of some of the best musicians on the jazz scene to form the Julian Bliss Septet.

Having now graced the stage of several of the world’s finest venues and festivals including London’s Wigmore Hall, the infamous Ronnie Scott’s, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Bermuda Jazz Festival alongside two tours of the US to packed concert halls and clubs, the band have shared their humourous, uplifting and classy show to audiences the world over.

In the early days, the band started out exploring the music of Benny Goodman – a passion of Julian’s since the age of 7 – and has gone from strength to strength. The live show and consequently their first album showcased some of the best tunes of this era inspiring authenticity with a modern twist.

Since that point, the musicians have performed a selection of material from the rich world of Latin and American music, infusing over 200 years of musical heritage with their command of Western classical and jazz. From the elegant rumba to the wildly exciting samba, Latin music has it all.

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”.

Marc Copland

Marc Copland was born in Philadelphia in 1948. Up until the mid-1970’s he was a master on the alto saxofone. Yet at a certain stage he felt that something wasn’t right. “The music that I was playing was not the music I was hearing in my head.” From one day to the next he laid his sax down, completely left the scene, and began to learn the piano. He practiced incessantly for ten years and studied the styles of other pianists. In 1985 he finally felt he was ready to start another career.

Each one of his recordings brings to light undiscovered facets of this friendly chameleon, whether it’s Another Place (2008), the wonderfully hymnal collaboration with his old musical companion Abercrombrie, the mystical journeys of discovery with trumpeter Tim Hagens (Beautiful Lily, 2005, and Alone Together, 2008), the intimate discourse in quartet with Jason Seizer (Fair Way, Serendipity and Time Being), or the celebrated New York Trio Recordings (with such loyal confederates as Paul Motian and Gary Peacock both of whom have already achieved legendary status).