Please note that there may be some alterations to the programme or running order, to suit the particular occasion. Therefore complete programmes should not be listed in marketing or the programme book. The title of the programme and examples of the repertoire may of course be given. Julian will announce the individual items during the performance.


The Sound of Film – Jazz in Hollywood

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 Great 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 When you Wish upon a Star, 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.

On a Clear Day
Such Sweet Thunder
Si Tu Vois Ma Mere
Bistro Fada
Pure Imagination
Sheik of Araby
Sing Sing Sing


Blues in the Night
Alice in Wonderland
When you wish upon a star
Una Noche con Francis
Alfie’s Theme
Jazz Autographs
They Can’t take that Away from Me

2×45 mins


The King of Swing

Celebrating Benny Goodman, the ‘King of Swing’, The Julian Bliss Septet brings you the exciting sound of swing from the 30s and 40s. With all new arrangements from vibraphonist Lewis Wright, The Julian Bliss Septet play great tunes of the swing era, staying true to the authentic feel but with a modern twist.

I Would do most anything for you
Don’t Be Stompin’ that way
Sheik of Araby
A Smooth One
I’m Old Fashioned

Air Mail Special
Lady Be Good
The Man I Love
Taking a Chance on Love
Poor Butterfly
I Got Rhythm
Sing Sing Sing

2×45 mins


The Genius of Gershwin

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 Septet present their unique take on some of Gershwin’s most famous compositions with original arrangements and adaptations.

It Ain’t Necessarily So
Embraceable You
How Long has this been going on?
The Man I love
I’ve got a Crush on you
Fascinating Rhythm
Strike Up the Band

Love is here to stay
But Not for me
I Loves you Porgy
Love walked in
They Cant take that away from me
I Got Rhythm

2×45 mins


Pioneers of Jazz

The Pioneers of Jazz were the trailblazers who revolutionised the musical landscape, shaping a genre into a force of artistic expression and cultural significance. These visionary musicians fearlessly pushed the boundaries of convention. Join the Julian Bliss Septet for an exciting and vibrant programme exploring music from Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter amongst others. With their innovative arrangements, the Julian Bliss Septet breathe new life into both traditional and contemporary jazz, captivating listeners with their expressive interpretations and undeniable chemistry.

Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy Atmosphere
Duke Ellington: U.M.M.G
Herbie Hancock: Driftin’
Duke Ellington: Lush Life
Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Dream
Chick Corea: Armando’s Rhumba
Charlie Parker: Marmaduke
Wayne Shorter: Witch Hunt
Thelonious Monk: ‘Round Midnight
Charlie Parker: Segment
Bill Evans: Peri’s Scope
Herbie Hancock: Empty pockets
Chick Corea: Fingerprints

2×45 mins