Darlington Jazz

2019 Programme

Ray  Sams  ray@darlingtonjazz.co.uk   Graham Foster graham@darlingtonjazz.co.uk

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No Jazz in January

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Dale Storr -  The Sounds of New Orleans

Dale Storr is recognised as one of the U.K’s leading exponents of New Orleans piano, regularly touring in this country and in Europe, Dale showcases the legendary piano players of New Orleans. ‘A very, very fine piano player indeed’   Paul Jones   BBC Radio2

Saturday 16th February 2019

Frog and Henry Jazz Band (USA)

From New Orleans, Frog and Henry perform old dance and jazz music from the early 1900’s, on brass and stringed instruments. After 10 years of research, living, partying and playing in New Orleans, their ensemble playing comes very close to the sounds of the earliest New Orleans jazz bands.

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Adrian Cox presents Profoundly Blue

Profoundly Blue, is a highly-acclaimed concert celebrating the traditional hot jazz music of Louisiana born clarinettist Edmond Hall. The concert features Hall’s work with Eddie Condon, Teddy Wilson, and Louis Armstrong.

Saturday 6th April 2019

The Savannah Jazz Band

Returning to Darlington the ever popular Savannah continues to be one of the busiest bands in the country.  An afternoon of raw jazz can be expected when they take to the stage.

Saturday 13th April 2019

Shades of Jazz

Drummer Graham Smith put this band together for a one off performance; such was its success that they are in constant demand. Their repertoire is certainly varied, entertaining and interspersed with humorous introductions.

Saturday 4th May 2019

House of the Black Gardenia

The new generation of Newcastle’s jazz and swing scene. Expect stride piano, ragtime banjo, Sousa bumps, New Orleans style horns, and it is said that their infectious rhythms are more potent than a bathtub full of gin.

Saturday 18th May 2019

Sweet and Hot

Jeff Barnhart and ‘Spats’ Langham are joined by Graham Smith, Ann Barnhart, and John Hallam for an afternoon of music which is – well -  sweet and hot.


Saturday 1st June 2019

The Pedigree Jazz Band

Since being formed to recreate the hit tunes of the British ‘TradJazz’ boom of the 50’s and 60’s, the band has become a resounding success receiving rave reviews, where ever they play.


Saturday 6th July 2019

Alligator Gumbo

An exciting band is inspired by the sights and sounds of New Orleans jazz and blues. They have received rave reviews from both rowdy bars and some of the U.K’s prestigious jazz festivals.

Saturday 3rd August 2019

Mike Daly’s Dixieland Rhythm Kings

Mike is a very fine jazz cornettist, who last appeared in Darlington at the Arts Centre many years ago. He is down from Scotland this afternoon with his band for a programme of outstanding classic jazz.

Saturday 24th August 2019

Mellow Baku

Mellow is a talented young   jazz performer who works throughout the U. K and internationally, whether in local bars, concert venues in London, or gigs in New York. She is backed this afternoon by seven top class jazz musicians.

 Saturday 7th September 2019

Jeff Barnhart (USA) and John Hallam

Jeff and John return for their annual trip to the jazz club, and will be joined by Keith Stephen and Bruce Rollo. Our regulars know what to expect - an afternoon of first class jazz, played by these fine musicians.

Saturday 21st September 2019

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival -   Reel 2

Back to the days of silent screen comedy, accompanied by Jeff’s fantastic piano skills. Reel one went down a storm last year.



Saturday 5th October 2019

The Big Easy Swing Band

This band of young musicians have taken some of the greatest tunes from the giants of swing, and given them their own arrangements, to bring you a set of the finest in swing. Don’t miss them they are a revelation.

Saturday 12th October 2019

Hamish McGregor’s Jazzmen

Edinburgh based clarinettist Hamish McGregor is a great fan of Acker Bilk, hence today’s programme recalling the three B’s, Ball, Barber and Bilk.


Saturday 2nd November 2019

T.J.Johnson

T.J. is one of this country’s finest jazz and blues singers and pianists. His reputation as a band leader ensures that his supporting musicians are always the best around. If the ‘Blues’ is what you enjoy, then put aside any concerns you may have about jazz, and come and listen to this great entertainer.

Saturday 7th December 2019

Dixie Mix

Dixie Mix brings together the best musicians from East Anglia, whose collective talent, knowledge and enthusiasm for traditional jazz never fails to provide a top quality performance.  

All events take place at St. Augustine's Parish Centre on Larchfield Street.
They are normally on the 1st Saturday of the month and entry is £10.00 per person.

Please note: Occasionally due to unforeseen circumstance it may be necessary to change the programme at short notice.

Whenever possible we will announce such changes on this site but we reserve the right to make changes without such notice.