Darlington New Orleans Jazz

2023 Events

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

Saturday 4th February       

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 4th March

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

Welcome back to Darlington

Saturday 1st April   

The Big Easy Swing Band                                              

The Big Easy has been busy since 2014, playing at some of the UK’s top venues, festivals and touring throughout the UK. Their dynamic, energetic and often virtuosic performances make them great to watch and perfect for dancing; their high-energy swing interspersed with moments of soulful-melancholy make them a great choice for concerts, weddings, clubs and dances. Their exciting, no-nonsense music will get your toes tapping and onto the dance floor.

Saturday 29th April

Jeff Barnhart’s Mr Men.  

We are pleased to welcome the Barnhart’s back in April with Jeff Barnhart’s Mr. Men featuring 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 20th May

Windy City Weatherbirds

The Windy City Weatherbirds are a London based Trad Jazz group specialising in Swing and Dixieland music inspired by our love of Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Louis Armstrong, Muggsy Spanier and Wild Bill Davison to name a few!​

Formed several years ago during our time spent studying at various UK conservatoires they now perform concerts, shows and gigs and are also available for private function bookings.

Saturday 3rd June

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 1st July

Hot Fingers                                  

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. Last Year we had a record turnout for Hot Finger so get here early!

Saturday 22nd July

Tenement Jazz Band

Tenement Jazz Band are a traditional jazz band formed early in 2018 in Edinburgh.

Brought together by their shared love of New Orleans music, and comprising musicians from various corners of Edinburgh’s vibrant jazz scene, they are on a journey of exploration back to the roots of the music they play.

The Tenement Jazz Band have won the Best Band category at the Scottish Jazz Awards

Saturday 5th August

Hamish McGregor’s Jazz Band

In 1975 Hamish reformed Old Bailey’s Jazz Advocates who wowed audiences for a number of years. Their crowning glory was entering and winning best band and soloists at the famous Dunkirk Jazz Festival. In 1978 he joined forces with Mike Hart (founder of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival) to form the Scottish Jazz Advocates. Tour destinations included France, Spain, Holland, USA & Canada.

He now leads a tribute to the late great Acker Bilk entitled “Remembering Acker”, and performs with The Batchelors of Jazz, King Louis and the Primas & the quartet - Champagne.

Saturday 19 August (Cancelled)

The Hot Teapots from Italy

The Hot Teapots is an ensemble dedicated to early 20th Century dance music.

They formed in Northern Italy as a street performing band.

Although their main focus has been the North American tradition of early jazz, blues, ragtime and popular tunes; they do not disdain excursions in other musical genres such as: calypso, Italian polkas, waltzes and other folk music.

Unfortunately this could not be arranged for this year but we hope to rearrang next year

Saturday 2nd September

The 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 (trumpet), Steve Andrews (clarinet, tenor sax.), Keith Stephen (banjo), Phil Rutherford (Sousaphone), and Scotty Adair (drums)(Not in picture).

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

Saturday 16th September

Jeff Barnhart’s Hot Five  

We have hosted Jeff in various guises over many years and look forward to more great jazz from this very popular entertainer, this time appearing with his “Hot Five”

We believe the line up will be Jeff on piano, Phil Lucas on trumpet, John Hallam on reeds, Ed Harrison on bass and Graham Smith on drums.

This is sure to be a well attended, get here early

Saturday 7th October

Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord                                                           

Emma Fisk is a very fine jazz violinist who has played alongside many inspiring musicians including Keith Nichols, Spats Langham, Enrico Tomasso, Guy Barker, Robert Fowler, Martin Litton, and in London with the Jazz Repertory Company.

‘For lovers of the classic Stephane Grappelli – Django Reinhardt approach this is right up there amongst the best in the U.K’    Paul Bream, Jazz Alert.

Saturday 4th November

T J Johnson and his band

TJ, backed by his band of top calibre musicians, twists the boundaries of jazz, blues, country and gospel music. Whether he’s singing dirty low down blues, swinging your socks off, or soothing your heart with a plaintiff ballad, there’s one thing for sure, you won’t escape the reach of his stylish charm.

Saturday 2nd December

Paula Jackman’s Jazz Masters

'Paula Jackman’s Jazz Masters, is named as a tribute to Paula’s husband, Brian Masters - one of Britain’s finest jazz banjoists. There is no banjo in the band because Brian was irreplaceable. The, band is made up of great musicians and great friends - we enjoy our music and enjoy our time together. When a band has fun, you can guarantee the audience will too. We play Dixieland jazz from its roots in New Orleans through to its heyday during the British Trad boom.’

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.