Mark McKnight Quartet with Will Vinson

Mark McKnight Quartet With Will Vinson

Jazz in the City Halls

Irish guitarist Mark McKnight teams up with New York-based English saxophonist Will Vinson for this gig in Todd Gordon’s Jazz International series, with organist Ross Stanley and the new drummer of the moment on the London jazz scene, James Maddren, completing an enticing line-up.

Both musicians have a mutual contact in Scotland – each has worked with pianist Euan Burton in the past, most recently when Vinson linked up with the pianist in Edinburgh this summer.

McKnight cites pianists and saxophonists like Brad Mehldau and Chris Potter rather than guitarists as the current influences on his musical thinking, and has worked quite a bit with Vinson in the past, both live and on disc, including his debut album, Overnight.

Vinson released his own latest album, Promises (reviewed last issue), in September, and has established himself on the highly competitive New York scene since moving there from his native London in 1999. As well as leading his own bands, he plays regularly with a range of NYC luminaries, and when he is not playing jazz, has toured with the likes of Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Sufjan Stevens.

It is an intriguing prospect, and a bit of a shame that it coincides with the latest visit from the Portico Quartet in a double bill with Sweet Billy Pilgrim along the road at The Arches, although there is a chance to catch them in Edinburgh the previous night.

City Halls (Recital Room), Glasgow, Thu 5 Nov

Will Vinson and Mark McKnight Quintet

The New York-based English sax star has played with Rufus Wainwright, Ari Hoenig's Punk Bop and Eddie Gomez, here playing with Irish guitarist McKnight's quartet.

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