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Performance Note – Julian Bliss Septet

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Saturday night’s performance will go on as scheduled but, we received word this morning that Julian Bliss will not be performing Saturday night at The Grand due to a family tragedy. The septet is now a sextet but with no substantive changes to the program. All of the septet are soloists and are some of the finest jazz musicians around. So that you can share our confidence in the musicians, know that Neal Thornton (piano) co-founded the group with Julian, and created most of the arrangements and shares the director-role with him.  Lewes (vibes) and Tim (bass) both direct their own groups, play and compose, and all of them are very experienced jazzers.  Great though it would obviously be to have Julian there, know that the team will put on a fabulous show.  Most recently, they were noted in the following review: Every member of the group proved to be a top-notch soloist in their own right and yet when they played together it seemed like seven hearts beating as one.”

Julian Bliss has issued this statement to us to share with you:
“I can’t tell you how sorry I am that I cannot be with you Saturday night in Galveston, right in the heartland of incredible music-making and music-lovers. This tour has been fantastic, from our first concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center to Oxford, near Memphis, this week. But yesterday I had a call to say that my world had changed. A totally unexpected and shocking tragedy means that I need to be with my family. I ask for your understanding at this dreadful time, and apologize sincerely that I’m not with you. ALL the guys in the band are soloists, and it’s great to know that you’ll still get all the great tunes played by some of the finest jazz musicians on the circuit, led by the co-founder of the Septet, Neal Thornton. Have a great evening – I’ll be with you in spirit and hope to see you in person before too long.”

I know you join me in keeping Julian Bliss and his family in your thoughts and prayers, Thank you.

Maureen M. Patton

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