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Listen again: Robert Elms interviews Denys Baptiste on BBC London

BBC Robert Elms-Denys Baptiste interview

Great interview with Denys Baptiste by the wonderful Robert Elms on BBC Radio London last week ahead of his show at Harrow Arts Centre. Lovely to hear Robert acclaim Denys’ album, Let Freedom Ring! (Dune Records, DUNECD010) as ‘one of the most eloquent statements to have come out of British jazz in years’. We agree! It is an extraordinary, very special piece of music that has become a modern-day jazz classic.

Just a couple more days left to catch the interview on the BBC iPlayer. Click here, then scroll through to 02:34:22. Enjoy!

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So what do YOU think happened the only time Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong played together?

Bix: Singing The Blues

Denys BaptisteDenys Baptiste has been interviewed on BBC Radio 3 to provide a bit of a prelude to a new BBC Radio 3 drama, Bix: Singing The Blues  by Robert Forrest to be broadcast this Sunday 17 November at 10.00pm. Set against a backdrop of racial and musical segregation in the 1920s, the play gives a fictionalised version of the one and only time Bix and Louis Armstrong played together in a private, after-hours session.

According to the BBC programme notes:

Louis ArmstrongApart from their genius, the musicians Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong had little in common. Armstrong was black and Beiderbecke was white and musical segregation was complete in the 1920’s. Armstrong would go on to be one of the first musicians to challenge this racial divide, and his life story is well documented. Beiderbecke was an alcoholic who died young – but perhaps his greatest tragedy was that he never got to play with the best – because in his view the best were black.

Set your reminder now! BBC Radio 3 Sunday 17 November at 10.00pm

A Final Teaser…if you’re yet to be convinced?

“We will civilize you”

Lemn Sissay’s extraordinary poetry standing tall with Denys Baptiste’s compositions: Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring!

Book tickets to see it live at Harrow Arts Centre on Thursday 21 November by clicking HERE.

If you missed us at the London Southbank Centre performance, now really is the time…

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King

Through music we remember Martin Luther King, his words and the movements of peace and equality that he stood for.

Some shots from Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank last month:

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Look exciting? Theres still time!

And if you missed the gig last month – we’re still on tour and will be at the Harrow Arts Centre on November 21st with Denys Baptiste, the full 13-piece band (as seen above) and the stirring voices of Lemn Sissay and Ben Okri delivering poetry which not only underlines Yeast Culture’s archival Civil Rights footage, but also incites a united sense of social change among audience and performer alike. Tickets are now on sale for just £15!

Now is the time…

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If you missed us last weekend….

We’ll be at  Harrow Arts Centre on  21 November with the wonderful, specially created Harrow Community Gospel Choir. Hope to see you there!

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4 stars review for Denys Baptiste: NOW IS THE TIME…LET FREEDOM RING!

Denys Baptiste - Now Is The Time...Let Freedom Ring @ QEHAnd here’s a very nice 4-stars review from the Financial Times:

An 80-voice choir and a string quartet served notice of the ambitions of saxophonist Denys Baptiste’s reworked celebration of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech….Read on

Exclusive teaser from Now Is The Time… Let Freedom Ring!

Watch exclusive clips of poet Lemn Sissay’s ‘Civilize You’ and live music from Denys Baptiste’s touring jazz performance Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring! in SOUTHAMPTON Friday 25th, then coming to London 26th and to Harrow in November!

Click HERE for festival dates.