Celebration of the life of North musical maestro Keith Morris

There will be a celebration of the life of Keith Morris at 2pm today at the Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle, followed by a family ceremony at the West Road Crematorium.

There will be a celebration of the life of Keith Morris at 2pm today at the Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle, followed by a family ceremony at the West Road Crematorium.

Keith, an accomplished composer and multi-instrumentalist, was killed with friend and fellow musician Joe Scurfield in a hit-and-run accident in Newcastle on June 8.

Guests will then move on to The Cluny, Lime Street, Byker, from 3pm, venue of the Schmazz concerts which Keith initiated.

The family have asked that any donations go to the Musicians' Benevolent Fund.

Tributes to Keith can be seen on the website www.schmazz.co.uk.

THE latest Schmazz at the Cluny concert takes place tomorrow when Grooveyard entertain at the venue on Lime Street.

Band leader Gareth Lockrane says the band's mission is to combine "the rootsier elements of the jazz tradition with a forward-thinking attitude".

Recently voted best European jazz group at the Granada Jazz Festival in Spain, the outfit comprises co-founders Lockrane (flute) and sax player Alex Garnett, organist Pete Whittaker, guitarist Mike Outram and drummer Matt Home.

Tickets available on (0191) 230-4474.

SOUL and gospel singer Mavis Staples is to perform one of three UK dates in hall one at The Sage Gateshead on July 19.

Mavis began her career with family group The Staples Singers in 1950. With Roebuck "Pops" Staples on guitar and the voices of Mavis and siblings Cleo, Yvonne and Pervis, the group were dubbed "God's greatest hit-makers".

Mavis recorded her first solo album on the Stax label in 1969. She has also performed with Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and many other great musicians.

THE two-weekend Brinkburn Music Summer Festival begins on Friday with a concert by Red Priest, self-styled Pirates of the Baroque.

Their programme will feature works by Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi and others.

The festival, at the gloriously situated Brinkburn Priory, near Rothbury, has a classy line-up with The King's Singers and the Gabrieli Consort and Players all performing over the opening weekend.

Tickets from The Maltings, Berwick, tel. (01289) 330 999 or Morpeth Tourist Information centre, tel. (01670) 500700. Website www.brinkburnfestival.co.uk.

IN our glowing review of Newcastle Choral Society's concert at The Sage Gateshead, soloist Andrew Ashwin was mistakenly called Ashton. Apologies.

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