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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

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A brand new teaser with exclusive clips of poetry by Lemn Sissay and music by the amazing Denys Baptiste…

We can’t wait to hit Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton this Friday! Then its down to the London Southbank Centre for Saturdays concert as a part of The Rest is Noise festival.

See You There!

Artist Peter Doig a fan of Jamaican sax legend Joe Harriott

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Peter Doig, Untitled 2011. Photograph: Courtesy The Artist And Michael Werner Gallery, New York And London 

Nice reference the other day (5 Sep) to Jamaican alto saxophonist, Joe Harriott in Stuart Jeffries piece on Peter Doig in The Guardian. It’s great to know that this wonderful contemporary artist is a Harriott fan who makes the link that Harriott himself made (and as we are exploring in Parallel – A Tribute To Joe Harriott) between music and art.

Check out Stuart Jeffries piece on Peter Doig here

And check out Parallel – A Tribute To Joe Harriott that the Nu Civilisation Orchestra will be presenting under the musical direction of Peter Edwards in collaboration with visual artist, Emma Godebska as part of the Lively Up! Festival

 

Video: Catch A Fire trailer with Brinsley Forde, Gary Crosby + Jason Yarde

Check out this short Catch A Fire trailer we made with our featured vocalist, reggae star Brinsley Forde, Gary Crosby (founder and leader of Jazz Jamaica) and Jason Yarde who is busily preparing some deep and fabulous big band arrangements for the forthcoming shows by Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Urban Soul Orchestra and, of course, Brinsley on vocals.

The actual concert features a 30-musician massive with full rhythm section, horns and reeds sections, strings sections, and backing vocalists (our take on the wonderful I-Threes!) so, for the moment, this is just a taster. 

Listen to the 20-piece Jazz Jamaica All Stars on their album Massive (Dune Records DUNECD06).

Then imagine this sound enlarged by 33% with strings, lead and backing vocals performing tracks from Catch A Fire…truly MASSIVE!

We’d love to know what you think so do feel free to leave a comment! We’ll be posting up the full lineup for you shortly. Enjoy!

 

Video: Jazz Jamaica All Stars jammin’ on Stir It Up

Here’s a little 2 mins video clip of some of the members of Jazz Jamaica All Stars having a quick jam on Bob Marley’s Stir It Up in between looking good for the camera at a Lively Up! photoshoot around the Southbank Centre.

Thankfully, we had great weather for the shoot – it was HOT! But keeping everything and everyone cool calm and completely collected was our brilliant dynamic duo: art director and designer, Ahmed Akasha and the wonderful photographer, Ben Amure. A great team!

 

 

Jazz Jamaica All Stars set to ignite the nation with Catch A Fire at the Lively Up Festival 2012

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If this tour were an album, it would be a collector’s item!

This is a call out to all music fans out there to lively up yourself and race along to one of 19 fantastic concerts and events in our new Lively Up! Festival coming to a city near you from 28 September-2 November. Festival headliners, the fiery Jazz Jamaica All Stars big band are back on the road after 8 long years and set to ignite audiences up and down the country when they team up with reggae star, Brinsley Forde and strings from Urban Soul Orchestra forCatch A Fire – a live, pulsating, roots-rock-reggae-jazz tribute to global superstars, Bob Marley and The Wailers with rich orchestrations by Jason Yarde.

 

Other acts confirmed in the Lively Up! Festival include the Nu Civilisation Orchestra whose Musical Director, Peter Edwards collaborates with visual artist, Emma Godebska to deliver a multidimensional, mixed media Parallel – A Tribute To Joe Harriott, the iconic Jamaican free form jazz saxophonist; Tomorrow’s Warriors collaborate with JazzCotech Dancers and the young Calypsonian Sheldon Skeete to host a Jamaican dance party with spectacular floorshow for the whole family; and Jazz Jamaica Family Fun Club presents Mango Spice, an interactive performance workshop for children and their carers to discover Jamaican folk songs and ring games.

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Other events hosted in association with Lively Up! include a panel discussion the British Music Experience, London (20 September) exploring the impact and legacy of Catch A Fire as part of the BME’s Seminal Album series – includes the chance to see an open rehearsal of Jazz Jamaica’s vocalists with Brinsley Forde, band leader Gary Crosby OBE, and music arranger, Jason Yarde. Also the I Is Another exhibition at New Art Exchange, Nottingham (28 September-8 December) highlighting some of the best contemporary talent in sculpture, painting, installation, photography, film, video and performance from across the hugely diverse Jamaican diaspora.

 

Produced by Dune Music in association with Tomorrow’s Warriors Lively Up! is a bold and ambitious festival of music touring 50 musicians and dancers to 10 cities around the country in a vibrant programme celebrating some of Jamaica’s most influential cultural icons. In 2012, the year in which Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence, the festival will present 19 events in 17 venues from Southampton to Edinburgh through a series of concerts and participatory activities that offers something for everyone: children, adults and families.

 

Click here for all festival dates and take a look at this Bob Marley and The Wailers gig…enjoy! And hope to see you soon at the Lively Up! Festival.

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