Darlington New Orleans Jazz

2022 Events

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

Saturday 5th February

We commence a new year with the Tenement Jazz Band & a New Venue.

We are pleased to report we will be starting the 2022 season on Saturday 5th February with The Tenement Jazz Band from Edinburgh. You may recall they played for us at Theatre Hullabaloo way back in 2019. 


St. Augustine’s is still closed on order of the Diocese but I have secured a new venue for this event which is The Forum Music Studios, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. www.theforumonline.co.uk


This is behind The Hippodrome and just along the street from Theatre Hullabaloo. Times and costs for this event are the same as St. Augustine's Hall shown above.


Please note  the following sessions will be back at our normal venue St. Augustine's Hall, Larchfield Street

Saturday 5th March 2022

T.J.Johnson

Two Years to the day since our last event at St Augustine's 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 2nd April 2022

New Century Ragtime Orchestra

The New Century Ragtime Orchestra were formed in 1998, when eight like minded musicians got together with the aim of preserving the rags of Joplin, Joseph Lamb and many others.


Over the past twenty years it has developed into a unique 13 piece orchestra whose repertoire not only includes rags, but also the hot dance music of the 1920,s and the early swing of the 1930’s


Saturday 7th May 2022

Jeff Barnhart’s “Mr. Men”

We are pleased to welcome the Barnhart’s back in May with Jeff Barnhart’s Mr. Men with John Hallum, reeds, Keith Stephen Guitar and Banjo and Bruce Rollo, string bass


Our regulars know what to expect - an afternoon of first class jazz, played by these fine musicians.





Saturday 4 June 2022

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 2nd July

Spat’s Langham’s Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell

Hot Fingers capture that lazy Sunday afternoon feeling. Their programme is played beautifully, with wit and aplomb, held together by their unique style and astounding musicianship.


Not to be missed, just ask anyone who heard them previously.






Saturday 6th August 2022

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 3rd September 2022

River City Hot Six

It’s fantastic to see trombonist Gordon Solomon back on the Tyneside jazz scene again, fronting a band of very talented local musicians. Bob Wade (trp), Steve Andrews (cl, ts), Keith Stephen (bjo), Phil Rutherford (bb), and Tommy Graham (drms)(Not in picture).


Originally formed as the River City Jazz in 1955 disbanded in 2008 and reformed under the new title in 2018






Saturday 17th September 2022

Jeff Barnhart and his “Barrel House Boys”

“The Barrel House Boys” are an international trio of merry men putting the JOY back in JAZZ.



Your feet will tap, your ears will sizzle and your face will ache from grinning and laughing so much as ebullient USA pianist/raconteur Jeff Barnhart joins forces with two of the UK’s most beloved and in-demand musicians, the unparalleled banjoist/guitarist/crooner Tom “Spats” Langham and the scintillatingly syncopated grand percussionist Nick Ward.


This is a rare appearance of this titanic trio up North so we expect a sell-out crowd.


Saturday 1st October

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


“If there is a better New Orleans-style pianist in the UK than the outrageously talented Dale Storr, please point me in his or her direction because he or she must be very, very special'”

- Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain


Saturday 5th November 2022

The Red Stripe Band

Now for something completely different, as Red Stripe is back they last appeared here in 2020.  Jump jive and rock and roll, all in true foot tapping boogie woogie style.  


A non-stop show, with Red Stripe himself on piano and vocals; supported by some of the top session players on the circuit, including an accomplished horn section to give that authentic big band sound.





Saturday 19th November 2022

Joe Webb’s “Webb City”

He is touring as “Webb City” Joe Webb piano, Dave Archer, guitar, and Will Sach, double bass.


Joe is an outstanding pianist and features regularly at “Kansas Smitty” in London. He will be featuring the music and piano dexterity of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson with this dynamic trio.



Saturday 3rd December 2022

The Jake Leg Jug Band


A totally new band for our venue and one we are sure you will love playing the authentic sounds of 1920s & 30s America, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime - and put their own twist on it. Songs of murder, betrayal, gambling, liquor and redemption. We are sure you will want then to return

Events usually take place at St Augustine's Parish Hall Larchfield Street Darlington DL3 7TG
Entry is £10 on the day, Children under 16 free with Accompanying adult

Sessions are from 12.30 to 3.00 usually with one interval
Doors open at 12.00

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.