Julian Bliss Septet
St Peter's Church, Shaldon
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Concert
Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Start Time: 7.30pm
Performer(s): Julian Bliss Septet: Latin programme
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
Box Office Email: tickets@shaldonfestival.co.uk

Julian Bliss clarinet
Martin Shaw trumpet
Neal Thornton piano
Colin Oxley guitar
Tim Thornton bass
Chris Draper drums
Will Fry percussion


Um a zero: Alfredo da Rocha Viana, Jr.
At the Mambo Inn : Mario Bauzá
La Paloma: Sebastián Iradier
Oblivion: Astor Piazzolla
Paquito's Samba: Paquito D'Rivera
Brasileirinho: Waldir Azevedo
Seresta: Hank Levy
Samba for Carmen: Paquito D'Rivera
A Night in Tunisia: Dizzy Gillespie
Tico tico: Zequinha de Abreu
Besame mucho: Consuelo Velázquez
Happy Mambo:
Tin tin deo: Luciano Pozo González and Dizzy Gillespie
Manhã de Carnaval: Luiz Bonfá
Libertango: Astor Piazzolla
Y la negra bailaba: Ernesto Lecuona
Stella va a estallar: Victor Young adapted by Chucho Valdes and Irakere
Samba d'Oerfeu: Luiz Bonfá
Caprichosas de la Habana: Arturo Sandoval


Julian Bliss Septet Review

LATIN JAZZ came to St Peter’s in Shaldon, to a packed church. The Julian Bliss Septet took us to every aspect and area of Latin music, explaining the different influences, e.g. Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and of course the sounds of Afro-Cubans and Puerto Ricans who came to the United States after the war.

The Septet was beautifully balanced with a wonderful Latin rhythm section from Chris Draper on drums and Will Fry on bongos, Julian Bliss on clarinet sounding very much like Benny Goodman, who was also classically trained, Neal Thornton’s Latin style piano which would be at home in any Brazilian bar, Martin Shaw on trumpet giving a lovely modern sound to La Paloma, and backing all this was the guitar and bass playing of Tim Thornton and laid back guitar of Colin Oxley, a perfect Latin sound.

Although many audience members were newcomers to a live jazz event it was clear they were all enjoying the evening, partly because the Band took the trouble to explain the music and the historical relevance of the play list.

Latin jazz has always been popular because of its rhythms and relaxed feel; in the Sixties Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd made Bossa Nova popular all over the world, but this Shaldon Festival gave it a further boost. Well done!

Jim Stevens
Teignmouth Jazz

“Bliss is capable of swinging mightily and adapting his formidable technique to the task at hand.” The Jazz Times

The Julian Bliss Septet have performed across Europe at leading venues and festivals including London’s Wigmore Hall, the legendary Ronnie Scott’s and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Live and on record, the Julian Bliss Septet recreate the exciting sound of swing from the 30’s and 40’s in A Tribute to Benny Goodman. Julian Bliss leads his sextet through some of the great tunes of the swing era, staying true to the authentic feel but with a modern twist.

Julian became enamoured with the performances of Benny Goodman at the age of seven, and in 2010 decided to form a group to perform Goodman’s music.

The album “A Tribute to Benny Goodman” was recorded in 2011 and released on Signum Records in June 2012 to critical acclaim from both jazz and classical reviewers. For live performances, Julian Bliss and pianist Neal Thornton offer an unbiased point of view about the work of Benny Goodman, talking the audience through the music and sharing anecdotes and stories about Goodman’s life, all delivered with humour.

Following the success of “Julian Bliss and the King of Swing”, Julian turns his attention to the rich world of Latin American music. Dominated by the influences of Cuba and Brazil, this musical heritage stretches back over 200 years with popular styles ranging from the elegant Rumba to the wildly exciting Samba.

The Julian Bliss Septet made their US tour debut in 2015 to sold-out audiences and received rave reviews throughout.

Julian Bliss biography
Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinettists excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players as guest lecturer and creator of his Leblanc Bliss range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument.

Born in the U.K., Julian started playing the clarinet age 4, going on to study in the U.S. at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer. The breadth and depth of his artistry are reflected in the diversity and distinction of his work. In recital and chamber music he has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Gstaad, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Verbier, Wigmore Hall (London) and Lincoln Centre (New York). As soloist, current performances include concerts with the Sao Paolo Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and London Philharmonic.

Recent album releases receiving rave reviews from critics, album of the week spots and media attention, include his recording of Mozart and Nielsen’s Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Recent chamber discs include a new piece for clarinet & string quartet by David Bruce – Gumboots – inspired by the gumboot dancing of miners in South Africa, and a recital album of Russian and French composers with American pianist, Bradley Moore.

For website click here

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.