Julian Bliss: Hooray for Hollywood

February 12, 7:30pm 

Pruis Hall

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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 performs shows that combine over 200 years of musical heritage with an 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.

Julian is currently working on a new program, Hooray for Hollywood, which will begin to tour in Summer 2020. The program 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).

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