A Tribute to Benny Goodman


Recreating the exciting sound of swing from the 30’s and 40’s, Julian Bliss’s dynamic virtuosity leads his sextet through some of the great tunes of the swing era, staying true to the authentic feel but naturally with a modern twist.

Julian Bliss says: “I decided in the summer of 2010 that I wanted to start my own Jazz group. I enlisted the help of Neal Thornton (Piano) to help make this dream a reality. We spent months listening to every version of each tune we could find, and putting together our own versions while still being mindful of the light and fun feel Goodman captured all those years ago. We then had the task of putting the rest of the band together. We were specifically looking for musicians that had a great interest in the Swing era, and I must say we couldn’t have picked a better set of players.”


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Julian Bliss clarinet
Neal Thornton piano
Martin Shaw trumpet
Colin Oxley guitar
Tim Thornton bass
Matt Skelton drums
Jim Hart vibes

RELEASE DATE: 04/06/2012
Barcode: 635212028827

1. Don’t be that way / Stompin’ at the Savoy Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson 

2. Caprice No.24 Nicolo Paganini, arr. Lloyd ‘Skip’ Martin

3. Up a Lazy River Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin 

4. The World is Waiting for the Sunrise Ernest Seitz, Eugene Lockhart 

5. Moonglow Eddie De Lange, Will Hudson, Irving Mills

6. Lady be Good (Rifftide) George & Ira Gershwin

7. Seven come Eleven Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian 

8. Here’s that Rainy Day Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke 

9. Sheik of Araby Ted Synder, Harry B. Smith, Francis Wheeler 

10. Goodbye Gordon Jenkins 

11. Avalon Al Jolson, B.G. De Sylva, Vincent Rose 

12. Soft winds Benny Goodman, Fred Royal

13. After you’ve gone Henry Creamer, Turner Layton 

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