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Ray’s Jazz: Denys Baptiste Presents The Late ‘Trane'


Friday 29th January 6:30-7:30pm
 Foyles Bookshop 107 Charing Cross Road – The Auditorium Level 6
 Tickets £5 available from Foyles.co.uk

Ray's Jazz Café has been in Foyles since 2002 when the original Ray Smith decided to retire from record store owning. His extensive collection of predominantly Jazz was bought by the bookshop on the edge of Soho, otherwise known as Foyles. Ray's Jazz Café and indeed Foyles itself proves a useful gateway to the music scene of Soho itself. Like the Brandenburg gate of the Charing Cross road you can arm yourself with, and against, all that lies outside of its murky back door onto Greek Street.

Ray's Jazz Cafe events programme is an educational experience that prepares you for further dives into cool jazz in Soho. Denys Baptiste‘s event celebrating the life and particularly later albums of John Coltrane should prove to be an event which, like the bookshop, feeds those for whom Coltrane is a many-tasted fruit, or prove to be the perfect introductory guide to the Cool Jazz scene.

The event takes its name from a shortening of Coltrane’s name to ‘Trane'. Coltrane died aged 40 in 1967 and the music Baptiste and his crew will be playing will hark mostly from the early 1960s. John Coltrane, a hero in his own time, was canonised by the African orthodox church. In 2007, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Coltrane frequently played sax alongside Miles Davis on trumpet, and Thelonious Monk on piano. As a trio, they went on to define what we would now describe as 'cool jazz'.

London saxophonist Denys Baptiste will be leading us through the evening. He has over the years won a whole host of awards for his own work, including winner of a MOBO for Jazz and the BBC Jazz Awards. His easy charm and extensive knowledge of his subject matter’s sounds, as well as his narrative, will guide us through the evening along with other eminent jazz figure such as Gary Crosby on bass, Nikki Yeoh on piano, and Rod Youngs on drums. It should be a treat for those in the know, as well as a great intro to the cool jazz scene of the 1960s. Either way, what could be more wonderful than a trip to a bookshop to hear great Jazz on a dull January evening?

Written by Helen Peatfield


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