Denys Baptiste Trio
About Jazz Lates
Jazz Lates is a series of intimate Jazz events that take place in our wonderful living room. On Saturday 22nd June it is with great pleasure that we welcome Denys Baptiste Trio to the living room stage.
About the artist
Born in 1969, Denys studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music, studying under former Jazz Messenger, Jean Toussaint.
During his career Denys has played/recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz and other genres including McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Ernest Ranglin, Bheki Mseleku, Marvin”Smithy” Smith, Michael Bowie, Courtney Pine, Manu Dibango, Jason Yarde, Martin Taylor, Lonnie Plaxico, Rapl Moore, Billy Higgins, Jerry Dammers, Jason Rebello, Jean Came, Marlena Shaw, Juliet Roberts, Incognito, Jason Moran, The Jazz Warriors and Jazz Jamaica.
In addition, Denys has also collaborated across artistic disciplines Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, Lemn Sissay and developed innovative cross-genre family, projects combining Music Story telling, Dance and Visual arts. Founder of The ‘Coltrane Culture’ Festival.
In 1999 his debut album ‘Be Where You Are’ – earned him a Mercury Music Prize for An Album Of The Year and a MOBO award for Best Jazz Act…2003 saw the release of his third, and perhaps most ambitious, recording/touring project to date.
‘Let Freedom Ring’ an inspirational, suite combining contemporary jazz, gospel, blues, and Afro-Cuban music with extracts of the epic poem, Mental Fight by Booker Prize winning author, Ben Okri.
‘Let Freedom Ring’ commemorating the 40th anniversary of the historic ‘I Have A Dream’ oration by Dr Martin Luther King and earned nominations for Best Album and Best New Work in the BBC Jazz Awards, for Best Jazz Act in the MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Awards, and Best Album in the UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards; and Jazz FM nominations in two categories in 2018 for best album and live act.
Discover Denys Baptiste
- Live Performance 9 pm
- DJ from 11 pm to 1:30 am