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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Preview: Denys Baptiste's Now Is The Time...Let Freedom Ring! @ Sage Gateshead Oct. 5, 2013

(Press Release)
A tribute to the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther Kings’ historic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech will be performed by top UK saxophonist Denys Baptiste at Sage Gateshead this October.
It is a prequel to his original suite ‘Let Freedom Ring’ which was nominated for a MOBO award for Best Jazz Act in 2004, the BBC Jazz Awards for Best New Work and Best Album, and the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Album 2004, sealing his position as one of the top saxophonists in Europe.
‘Let Freedom Ring’, which was commissioned for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, combined contemporary jazz with rousing gospel, blues and Afro-Cuban music, the poetry of Ben Okri, and featured an explosive international line-up including Omar Puente, Abram Wilson and Gary Crosby.
Baptiste said: “As an artist and composer, I am humbly honoured to see that Let Freedom Ring! has endured, and I'm of course delighted to have an opportunity to reprise this work.
“When I created the original commission I focused Let Freedom Ring! around the most memorable, second half of Dr King's speech
“With the help of my wonderful 14-piece band, poetry, and soulful voices of community choirs, I aim to shine a light on the first half of the speech where Dr King sets the scene for the second part speaking of the evil of slavery, The Emancipation Proclamation, the importance of peaceful and dignified protest and, ultimately, his vision for the future.”
Baptiste has won a raft of other prizes. In 1999 he won the MOBO award for Best Jazz Act and his debut album 'Be Where You Are', won the Mercury Music Prize for Album of the Year. He also won the British Jazz Award for Rising Star 2000 and his second album, 'Alternating Currents', received great critical acclaim.
Denys Baptiste's Now Is The Time...Let Freedom Ring! comes to Sage Gateshead on October 5, 2013. Tickets are £16.50 (concessions available) and can be booked either by calling 0191 443 4661, online at www.sagegateshead.com or in person from Sage Gateshead’s Ticket Office.


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