Brandon Allen presents “Some Kinda Mean” – The music of David “Fathead” Newman

Brandon Allen presents ‘Some Kinda Mean’

Date: Fri, 9 Aug
Doors: 7:30pm
Start: 8:30pm

Fri, 9 Aug | Doors 7:30pm | Brandon Allen presents ‘Some Kinda Mean’ – The Music of David ‘Fathead’ Newman


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‘Muscular and robust one moment, warm and soothing another, stretching out with an abrasive edge’ – Jazz Journal

‘…a saxophone heavyweight, at the height of his powers…’ – Blues and Soul Magazine

A journey into the musical life of David ‘Fathead’ Newman.

The project will explore Newman’s work with Ray Charles, straight ahead albums with saxophonists Stanley Turrentine, James Clay, and Clifford Jordan, collaborations with Hammond organists Jimmy McGriff and Lonnie Smith and his soul jazz/funk releases on Atlantic and Prestige.

David “Fathead” Newman (1933-2009) was an American jazz, blues and R&B saxophonist.
Although he made numerous recordings as a session musician and leader, he is perhaps best known as the saxophonist on the seminal 1950s and early 1960s recordings by Ray Charles.

The All Music Guide to Jazz wrote that “there have not been many saxophonists and flutists more naturally soulful than David ‘Fathead’ Newman.”

After leaving Ray Charles’ band, Newman worked with Herbie Mann in 1970–71, and subsequently recorded albums for Atlantic, Warner Bros., Prestige and Muse.

Newman also did session work with a variety of artists including BB King, Aretha Franklin, Dr John, Lou Rawls and Joe Cocker.

Brandon Allen is one of the UK’s most in demand saxophonists, working with a wide variety artists across various genres. He leads the Brandon Allen Quartet, Some Kinda Mean, Celebrating the Tough Tenors, and the Brandon Allen Groove Band. The saxophonist with The Kyle Eastwood Band, touring internationally.
Has performed with Eric Clapton, Paloma Faith, Omar Lyefook, Gary Husband, Adam Nussbaum, Stefano Di Battista, Ibrahim Maalouf and numerous others.

Line Up

Brandon Allen – saxes/flute
Nick Costley White – guitar
Hamish Balfour – keys
Mirko Scarcia – bass
Rod Youngs – drums


  • Date : Fri, 9 Aug
  • Time : 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm (Europe/London)
  • Venue : Jazz Club
  • Doors Open: 7:30 pm
  • Start Time: 8:30 pm

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