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

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Spring 2017

Press Release


Darlington Jazz Club is set for a red-hot spring

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club is set for a red-hot spring with a programme of resounding live jazz performances from a great line up of internationally acclaimed bands.

First up is the Brownfield Byrne Hot Six on Saturday 1 April 2017. Standout soloists Jamie Brownfield and Liam Byrne take the music of the swing era stylists of the late 1930's and early 1940's and give it an infectious 21st century twist. As part of the hugely popular 'Hot Six' they perform music by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, early Duke Ellington and the John Kirby sextet, all to their own arrangements.  

Brownfield Byrne is followed by the ever-stylish and talented Spats Langham – ‘the hottest man in town’ - on Saturday 6 May, together with his Hot Fingers band and guest star Miss Emily Campbell. Hot Fingers celebrates the golden age of music, visiting the red-hot jazz of 1920’s New York through to the early days of sophisticated 1930’s Swing and Spats is a leading expert in this style of music.

At different stages of the performance, Hot Fingers demonstrate their virtuosity with solo performances, and guest singer Emily Campbell adds a touch of class with her plaintive vocals, drawing inspiration from the likes of Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.

Flaming June kicks off on Saturday 3 with a gig by the highly creative master of New Orleans Jazz, clarinettist Sammy Rimington, backed up by an all-star line up of Emily Bacon’s Good Time Band with Ian Wynne. Sammy is famous in both America and Europe and has played with an impressive range of New Orleans greats.

Emily’s Good Time Band is rooted in the New Orleans style of jazz, inspired by the Good Time Bands of the 40s, 50s and 60s. A final touch of jazz class come from pianist Ian Wynne, one of the hottest young New Orleans stars around and great Darlington jazz Club favourite.  

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club meets at St Augustine’s Parish Hall, Larchfield Street, Darlington 12.30pm on the first Saturday of every month except January. Entry is just £10 on the door (no need to pre-book), 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 bands are entertaining.

Doors open at 12noon and 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.