Julian Bliss Quintet
Celebrating Benny Goodman, the ‘King of Swing’, The Julian Bliss Quintet brings you the exciting sound of swing from the 30s and 40s. With all new arrangements from vibraphonist Lewis Wright, The Julian Bliss Quintet play great tunes of the swing era, staying true to the authentic feel but with a modern twist.
George Gershwin was a musician who bridged the worlds of jazz and classical music. Enamoured with both genres and convinced that each could bring something to the table, he mastered the art of combining jazz and classical to create his famous signature sound. In this programme, The Julian Bliss Quintet present their unique take on some of Gershwin’s most famous compositions with original arrangements and adaptations.
About Julian Bliss
Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinettists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, jazz artist, and masterclass leader. As co-creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets under the Leblanc brand, he has inspired a generation of young players and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument. Julian started playing the clarinet aged four and went on to study in the United States at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer, turning professional aged just twelve.
In recital and chamber music he has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and halls, including Gstaad, New York’s Lincoln Center, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Verbier and London’s Wigmore Hal. As a soloist, he has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, including the Auckland Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sao Paolo Symphony and the Queensland Symphony.
The Julian Bliss Quintet are:
Julian Bliss – Clarinet
Pete Horsfall – Trumpet
Ferg Ireland – Bass
Joe Webb – Piano
Ed Richardson – Drums