Based in Copenhagen and a leading pianist on the European jazz and contemporary music scene, Søren Bebe is most often compared to fellow Northern Europeans, Tord Gustavsen and the late Esbjörn Svensson. Ask Søren who has influenced him and the names that come up will likely be Oscar Peterson, then Keith Jarrett and, more recently, Aaron Parks. As for non-pianists, his number one would be Kenny Wheeler. But ultimately, Søren’s delicacy of touch – both as composer and pianist – is, of course, his own.
“Bebe certainly belongs to the tradition of lyrical pianists that goes from Erroll Garner and Bill Evans through Keith Jarrett. What Bebe adds to the lyrical tradition of the piano is a sense of folk-like simplicity, with mourning melodies blossoming like shy night-flowers” All About Jazz (US)
Søren’s extensive touring itinerary has included Brazil, Morocco, China, Korea, Indonesia, the USA and much of Europe. Along the way, he’s performed at a number of international jazz festivals, such as Hong Kong, Jarasum (Korea), Jakarta and also SxSW in Austin, Texas.
With four albums to date with the Søren Bebe Trio, including the critically- acclaimed “Eva” featuring US bass-player, Marc Johnson, Søren’s latest disc is “Gone” by Bebe/Buchanan/Tagel, featuring Helge Andreas Norbakken & Julian Arguelles; released by From Out Here Music in October 2014.
2014 has been the most dynamic (and busy!) year so far for Søren, playing in the Scandinavian All Star band at the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta (alongside Timo Lassy, Magnus Lindgren and Nils-Petter Molvær); an appearance at the Stockholm Konserthus with the Blue House Jazz Orchestra; the Copenhagen Jazz Festival with Cæcilie Norby, Lars Danielsson, Marilyn Mazur and Sebastian Studnitzky; and a long-awaited tour of Japan with the Sidsel Storm Quintet. And that’s not to mention concerts with singer Katrine Madsen in support of their forthcoming album and Søren’s first solo piano performance outside of Denmark.