Darlington Jazz


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

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June 2017

Press Release

Arts organisation makes first small grants award

John Dean for DfC presents cheque to Ray SamsArts organisation Darlington for Culture (DfC) has made the first award from its new small grants scheme with £500 going to support the programme of Darlington’s New Orleans Jazz Club.

Voluntary organisation launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to administer the programme.

DfC has long believed that small grants can allow everyone from music groups to art organisations to achieve great things and the scheme will offer grants of up to £500.

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has promoted live jazz in Darlington since 1996. From ragtime to swing, through the hot dance music of the 1920s, to the revivalist years of the 1950s and 1960s, with some be-bop and jive, they provide a programme with something for everyone.

St Augustines Parish Centre in Larchfield Street is the home of Darlington New Orleans Jazz. Lunchtime sessions are held the first Saturday of the month 12:30 till 3pm. Tickets for each event are £10 at the door with a 20% discount for DfC card holding members.

DfC chair John Dean, who presented the cheque, said: “We are delighted to make this first award. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club is a vibrant organisation and this money will support their excellent programme and give them added confidence when it comes to bringing top quality performers to the town.”

More information on the small grants scheme can be obtained on the home page of DfC’s website at www.darlingtonforculture.org

It’s all hotting up this summer at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club

Darlington New Orleans Jazz club is delighted to host another visit from red hot gypsy jazz king Keith Stephens and friends.

Keith Stephens’ Hot Club Trio will make a return visit to the club on Saturday 5 August 2017 at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, and doors open at noon for a 12.30 start. Keith’s a master of the guitar, banjo and ukulele and likes to play the gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, but the trio also enjoys performing a large repertoire of jazz standards – and more.

With Keith are Roly Veitch on rhythm guitar and vocals and Bruce Rollo on slap bass. There’s an extra treat on offer as well – the trio is joined by Caroline Irwin on vocals, ukulele and cornet. You can be sure she’ll perform to great acclaim, and add a special dimension to the band.

Entry to the gig is just £10 on the door (no need to pre-book), and children 15 and under go free. Darlington for Culture members are eligible for discounted entry on production of their membership card. 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 go to .  

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

Coming up next:

There’s a sizzling September ahead when the club welcomes back fantastic pianist, goodtime vocalist and all round performer Jeff Barnhart on Saturday 2 September. 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, along with the other members of the Mr Men Quartet - returnees Keith and Bruce plus one of last year’s best loved visitors to the club, reedsman John Hallam.

The ever-popular New Century Ragtime Orchestra is back 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.

All sessions start at 12.30, doors open from noon.