International jazz treat for Darlington fans

There’s a real international treat in store for Darlington New Orleans jazz fans when Sammy Rimington comes to town in early June.
On Saturday 3 June , Sammy Rimington, the highly creative master of New Orleans Jazz clarinet will entertain at St Augustine’s parish centre, Darlington. Sammy is famous in both America and Europe and has played with an impressive range of New Orleans greats.
The event is being staged by joint club organisers Ray Sams and Graham Foster. “Getting such an international star as Sammy to play for us is something we’re very proud of,” said Ray.
“We’ve been trying to secure him for a while and we know the gig will be one of the best we’ve ever had. We’ve got a reputation now for putting on top class jazz in a great venue, and this one certainly won’t disappoint.”
Sammy made his journey from the UK to New Orleans in the heady 1960s, where he replaced Butch Thompson in the Hall Brothers Band, recorded with Kid Thomas and George Lewis, and regularly collaborated with visiting jazz legends like Don Ewell and Max Morath.
After returning to Europe in the 70s he toured with stars including George Webb, Barry Martyn´s Legends of Jazz, Duke Burrell and Chris Barber. By the mid 90s he had played and recorded with every American and European New Orleans -style jazzman of note.
Graham added: “Sammy will be backed by pianist Ian Wynne with Emily Bacon’s Good Time Band. Ian’s one of the hottest young New Orleans stars around just back from a year playing in Paris, and he’s a great Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club favourite”.
Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club meets at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington 12.30pm on the first Saturday of the month. Entry 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. 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 or contact
Ray Sams 07860 368022
Graham Foster
Upcoming diary dates:
On Saturday 1 July Spirit of New Orleans will display their virtuoso skills when they perform the music of Jelly Roll, Satchmo, Bix and Bunk Johnson, with occasional forays into the works of Ellington, Basie and Fats Waller. There’ll be lots of jazz standards, rousing old pop tunes, and a hint of country.
Next up is another visit by Keith Stephen’s Hot Club Trio on Saturday 5 August 2017. 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. 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.