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YolanDa Brown: "Ron Dennis (former McLaren Formula 1 chairman) introduced me as 'the Lewis Hamilton of the jazz world'. I thought, 'I'll take that'." - (i newspaper July 17, 2019)


Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Until July 21

Today Friday July 19



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

John Settle’s Vibe-ology - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys - Ernest, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE1 2AP. Tel: 0191 260 5216. 5:00pm. Free.


Summertyne Americana - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. Struggle Buggy 2:00-2:45pm., Shipcote & Friends 3:00-3:45pm. Free. Jumpin’ Hot Club stage.


Riviera Quartet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (7:30pm doors). £8.00.

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle NE2 1AP. Tel: 0191 232 3553. 8:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. adv). Top class band from New Orleans.

Baghdaddies - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 8:30-9:30pm.

Global BRASS @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). Joint concert featuring two bands 560 miles apart - NASUWT Riverside Band (Chester le Street) & Concord Brass Band (Copenhagen). A Durham Brass Festival event.

Haftor Medbøe & Will of the People Quartet: Global Brass Jam - Live - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 10:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). Pan-European jam session. Will of the People Quartet line-up: Haftør Medboe (saxophones); Pete Furniss (clarinets); Jacob Karlzon (piano); Tom Bancroft (drums). A Durham Brass Festival event.


Sold out!

k.d.lang - Summertyne Americana Festival, Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 7:30pm.


The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 16, 2011

CD Review: Mark McKnight Organ Quartet - Do or Die

Mark McKnight (guitar), Seamus Blake (saxophone), Ross Stanley (organ) & James Maddren (drums) Mark McKnight's second CD Do or Die features a UK-based organ band. The tunes are McKnight's - the exception being Rodgers and Hart's Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - and his hand-picked band has honed the material to perfection. 
The ubiquitous Ross Stanley plays Hammond with restraint never seeking to dominate. Drummer James Maddren - a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music - bristles with technique yet he too plays with commendable reserve. Band leader McKnight is a supremely gifted guitarist and New Yorker Seamus Blake's tenor complements and completes the group sound on this most satisfying new release from Whirlwind Recordings. 
The opening track, the eponymous Do or Die, sets the standard and features some post-Coltrane tenor intensity. Pieces is a relaxed piece exemplifying the CD as a whole. Nightcap goes with a lyrical, '60's Modern jazz feel; McKnight languorously fluent, Blake likewise, Stanley stabbing and swirling, Maddren wonderfully loose throughout. Bewitched is an inspired inclusion on this recording. A classic number, it is approached with due reverence and the result is stunning. It will be a long time before this take is bettered and hearing it live on the band's forthcoming UK tour will be an eagerly anticipated occasion. 
McKnight can do contemporary and Tease demonstrates the point. A drum 'n' bass vibe underpins McKnight's scaling of the heights and Blake joins in the fun with some blistering tenor work. On Contemplate Hammond maestro Stanley conjures an ethereal church organ sound upon which McKnight constructs a considered solo followed by superb tenor from Blake. The CD's closing number (We'll) Just Disappear is a fitting finale with Blake once again in the spotlight with more taut, intense playing of the highest order. 
The CD is officially released on 26th September. The band is about to embark on an extensive tour of the UK - the first date (the first of 14 gigs in 13 days!) is in Bristol this Sunday (18th). Hopefully the CD will be available at venues during the band's travels throughout the land. 
Check out Mark McKnight's website - - for details of where you can catch the band live. Do 0r Die (Whirlwind Recordings WR461)

1 comment :

Dan Blake said...

Hi Russell,

If you would like a copy of Seamus Blake's most recent CD, "live at Smalls" to review please send me a mailing address.

Dan Blake (

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