Denys Baptiste: Celebrating Joe Henderson
LONDON 606 Club
90 Lots Rd
A special tribute from a terrific British saxophonist to an American legend – Denys Baptiste celebrates Joe Henderson’s Blue Note albums.
A leading light on the London jazz circuit for over 20 years now, you rarely see a jazz saxophonist as talented as a soloist and bandleader, who is accorded such respect from his musical peers across the board.
Denys Baptiste’s immense talent - built on a foundation of powerful technique and an ability to improvise effortlessly and confidently across a wide range of musical styles - can only be matched by his creative energy and musical endeavour which we have been lucky to experience at the club over the many years of him performing here. His CV, as you would expect, is littered with collaborations with top draw artists including Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph, Incognito, Manu Dibango and Steve Williamson.
He has won multiple awards including the "Mercury Music Album Of the Year" and "MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act" and he was most recently a two time Jazz FM Award Nominee in 2018. Denys has five highly regarded albums to his name, with his most recent The Late Trane, dedicated to the later works of John Coltrane, being received with significant plaudits ("classy" Guardian, "new and fresh sounding" AllAboutJazz).
However, tonight in a unique gig that Denys has put together especially for his EFG London Jazz Festival performance at the 606, he will be moving away from more angular music of Coltrane to celebrate another great master of the jazz saxophone, Joe Henderson.
So expect a melodic gig heavily steeped in the jazz tradition from one of the UK's finest and most creative players.
‘Denys Baptiste…taking Europe by storm and becoming the icon of British jazz’ Time Magazine
"master saxophonist" Evening Standard
"Baptiste…a journey of unregulated bliss" Liverpool International Jazz Festival