Darlington New Orleans Jazz


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

North West Castle Jazz Weekend

We have been informed that the above jazz weekend due to take place Monday 11 October to Wednesday 13 October 2020, has had to be cancelled due to the continuing pandemic.

A Stellar Event is planned for 2021, and the dates have now been confirmed with the North West Castle Hotel as
Monday 11 October till Wednesday 13 October 2021. Please note these revised dates

Aycliffe Radio

Hope you are all finding your own sources of Jazz in these difficult times, live jazz is unfortunately not an option but here are some suggestions to get your fix in other ways.

Mike Dixon of Aycliffe radio is working well with Ray to bring you some of the Jazz that was in our schedule, such as tracks from Mamma Shakers and Savanna on his broadcast on Sundays 6.00 -7.30 do listen out for his broadcast, available on line, Google, or ask your smart speakers for “Aycliffe Radio” see also Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AycliffeRadio1/photos/a.472150596531614/879463059133697/?type=3&theater or https://www.ayclifferadio.co.uk/


Another very good source of Jazz, we use this quite extensively for our music and the “Tuba Skinny Band” have recordings of live street performances of New Orleans Jazz that we find to be both lively and authentic. Enjoy

Cracking start to 2020

The New Year saw Denise Gordon and an all star band set the pace at our first February session followed only a week later by the Frog and Henry Band playing to 108 enraptured jazz fans.

The good news is that in February 2021 the Frog and Henry team will return with a 10 piece band so keep the first Saturday in February free next year for this one.

New band booked for November 2020

We are pleased to advise that the Tenement Jazz Band will be joining us on Saturday 14 November 2020 following their brilliant performance at our Hullabaloo venture last year. See 2020 events for details

Darlington for Culture Festival 2020

Once again Darlington New Orleans Jazz will be taking part in the Darlington for Culture Festival with Jeff Barnhart Hot Five with an all star line up on Saturday 16th May


A History of Jazz Music

I received and e-mail from an American organisation who are teaching youngsters about Jazz music and include a quote from the mail below

“I'd like to say a quick word of thanks! I'm a youth services librarian running a fun jazz music history class for 7-13 year olds, and I thought you might enjoy hearing that we were able to get some great use out of your links lists. We were even able to use some of this information for our most recent group project. Thanks so much for sharing!

One of our youngest, Amelia has also asked me if I could share the article where she initially became interested in jazz music with you, "Musical Playgrounds for Kids: The History of Jazz Music" - I've listed it below if you'd like to review!”

We have included the link on our Links page and are very grateful to Amelia and her teachers for this very useful feedback

Tenement Jazz Band at the Hullabaloo Theatre in Darlington

Darlington New Orleans Jazz presented the Tenement Jazz Band at the Hullabaloo Theatre on Friday November 22nd 2019 at 8:00pm. See full details on our Hullabaloo Theatre page.

Wow - a record start to May 2019

Our May session turned out to be a real record performance by the New Century Ragtime Orchestra together with Enrico Tomasso on Trumpet and Vocals plus Nick Ward on percussion. We had a record attendance of 120 packing the hall and am sure that this would be a record for the greatest number of musicians we have packed on to the stage.

“Shades of Jazz” April 13th 2019

A few pictures from the second April session

Please note

In line with the current advice from the Government all events are cancelled until further notice.
We will make follow up announcements on this site as  son as we are able to resume.

Festival Cancelled due to lockdown