Darlington Jazz


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

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June 2017


We’ve some red hot dates, so don’t be late

Darlington’s jazz lovers are in for a treat when fantastic pianist, goodtime vocalist and all round performer Jeff Barnhart pays a return visit to the town on Saturday 2 September, at St Augustine’s Parish Centre.

Jeff will be the guest of Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club and he’ll have people on the edge of their seats as he brings his larger-than-life personality to performances of tunes familiar and obscure. He’ll be performing along with the other members of the Mr Men Quartet - Keith Stephens and Bruce Rollo, plus one of last year’s best loved visitors to the club, reedsman John Hallam.

“America-based Jeff loves to visit our club whenever he can fit us into his European tour lists” said Ray Sams, co-founder of Darlington new Orleans Jazz Club. “He always says our venue – St Augustine’s Parish Centre – is the best smaller hall he performs in and he loves the reception the audience gives him.”  

“Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, and entertainer” added co-founder Graham Foster. “He averages 40 weeks a year on the road, bringing his music to all corners of the globe. One of his close friends is partnering him at our gig – world class reedsman John Hallam, a frequent visitor to the Club”.

The ever-popular New Century Ragtime Orchestra is back to the Club on Saturday 7 October, bringing a big band sound to the lunchtime gig. There’ll be ragtime entertainment, banter, virtuoso group performances and some stunning solos from the Tyneside-based band. It’ll be a packed house as well as a big band, so make sure you arrive early to secure a seat.

And you’d better get ready to boogie – the Red Stripe Band is coming back on Saturday 4 November. Red Stripe and his band have been stomping their boogie-woogie rhythms now for over 20 years and have played all over the world from Monte Carlo to Tokyo and New York to Milan. The band has a great time wherever it goes – infectious energy filling the venue with on and off stage antics, plus world class live music of course.

Ray and Graham are urging people to arrive early to get good seats for all the gigs – capacity audiences are becoming the norm at the Club.  Entry is just £10 on the door, and children 15 and under go free. There’s a licensed bar; tea and coffee is available; and everyone is very welcome to bring their own food along for a picnic whilst the band is entertaining.

There’s the added benefit of plenty of free onsite car parking. It’s also just a short walk from the bus stops on Tubwell Row and Darlington railway station.  

For more information contact Ray Sams  ray@darlingtonjazz.co.uk   07860 368022  Graham Foster graham@darlingtonjazz.co.uk