The Matt Roberts' Sextet

Jazz Festival to launch arts festival in style

jazz festival logoDarlington Jazz Festival 2017 will launch Darlington Arts Festival in style
Thursday 27th April – Sunday 30th April
For ticket information www.darlingtonjazzfestival.co.uk
Building upon the success of last year’s event with ‘sell out’ audiences, the sixth Darlington Jazz Festival promises to deliver a high quality and diverse program of jazz performances and creativity to the community within Darlington Town Centre.

Day 1- Thursday 27th April 6pm -9pm
Venue: Crown Street, Art Gallery
Jazz Workshop
London based Jazz educator and trumpeter Matt Roberts, pictured, will again return to his home town to lead the workshop assisted by tutors performing at the festival. A must for all ages and abilities interested in developing their passion for jazz. There will be a performance at end of workshop.
Numbers are limited so book your place through: darlingtonjazzfestival@live.com or Durham Music Service katie.lewis@durham.gov.uk 03000 262368
Cost £5 registration required

Day 2- Friday 28th April Doors 8.30pm
Venue: Voodoo Cafe
Jazz After Dark
Matt Robert’s Quintet
This year’s ‘After Dark’ Session will once again be located upstairs at The Voodoo Cafe on Skinnergate. Matt Roberts will lead his very own quintet playing the music from some of the legendary trumpet players such as Lee Morgan and Miles Davis. This gig was a sell out last year, so get down early to take in the jazz lounge atmosphere of the Voodoo Cafe and experience top class jazz performers pushing jazz to the limit!
Ticketed and OTD Cost from £6 OTD

Day 3- Saturday 29th April Afternoon
Saturday will see the best of Darlington’s young musicians playing in various ensembles as they converge on the Joseph Pease performance area to provide an outdoor festival atmosphere.
Free outdoor jazz
At venues around the town centre 12 till 3pm
Live solo and small group performances from some of the region’s finest jazz players will also take place throughout the town centre. Program to be confirmed but will include:
The Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard – 1pm – 5 pm
Jazz at The Quaker House during the afternoon with top class north east jazz combos including: Rick Laughlin trio and Abbie Finn’s Leeds based jazz quartet.
Free/Collection

Saturday 29th April Evening
Venue: The Majestic.
Darlington Jazz Festival present: ‘A third evening of swinging big band music’
Dave O’Higgins and Durham Alumni Big Band
Internationally renowned saxophonist Dave O’Higgins will join the Durham Alumni Big Band directed by Al Wood to bring the music of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Billy May and many more to the town. The award winning Durham County Youth Big Band will perform in support of the main event commencing at 7.15pm. To celebrate our first concert in this fabulous art deco styled venue, there will be spot prizes presented for the best vintage fashion wear from the swing era or art décor period. Book your tickets early – this event sold out at last year’s festival.
Cost from £12 concessions available

Saturday 29th April 10:30 – late
Venue: Quakerhouse
Late Night Jam
Saturday night concludes in similar style to last year. Musicians and Jazz lovers alike will migrate from The Majestic to The Quaker House for a ‘Late Night’ Jam Session on Mechanics Yard. The atmosphere will once again be buzzing with the sounds of modern jazz delighting the packed audiences until the early hours.
Free/Collection

Day 4- Sunday 30th April 10:30am – 12:00
Venue: Hash Bar, Coniscliffe Road
Gypsy Jazz Brunch
Emma Fisk and James Birkett
The final day of this year’s festival will commence at Hash Bar with the intention to widen the range of music performed and will include gypsy jazz influenced music featuring guitarist James Birkett and violinist Emma Fisk. Bringing together their shared knowledge and love of early jazz styles, the duo will present an entertaining, virtuosic and informative programme of music associated with and inspired by the first great jazz violin and guitar partnership. A typical performance includes compositions by Venuti/Lang such as Cheese & Crackers, Sunshine and Black and Blue Bottom; jazz standards of the 20s and 30s; and specially composed originals that explore the duo’s sound world. The duo will perform for a ‘jazz’ brunch on the Sunday morning.

Day 4- Sunday 30th April 2pm till 4pm
Venue: Friends Meeting House
Vocal Collective and Locomotion Rhythm
Locomotive Rhythm is a new music work by Darlington born music producer, drummer and recording artist Graeme Robinson.
Inspired by walking the lost routes of the earliest passenger railway system in the world, Robinson creates his sonic vision of Locomotive Rhythm through a combination of thunderous drums, specially founded resonant locomotive wheels, which are played as innovative percussion instruments, and a virtuoso jazz-fusion ensemble featuring Phil Taylor (piano), Gavin Bell (bass), Chris Rutherford (guitar) Steve Bone (Saxophone) and Kevin Eland (trumpet). With titles including Brusselton Top, Black Boy Branch, Hopetown, Thrundle, Mr Barningham’s Crystal Palace and Scott and Mountain Dynamo, Locomotive Rhythm explores the world-changing catalysts for the industrial and transport revolution brought about by the birth of modern railways. The band will combine with Vocal Collective with specially commissioned words to collaborate on the final piece of the suite.
Cost from £6 Ticketed

Sunday 30th April Evening 6pm-8pm
Roof box presents Jazz in the Roof Top Terrace
Darlington Jazz club present its festival finale with what will be a great party atmosphere at the Hash Bar located on Coniscliffe Road. With some of the festival’s top jazz performers and support from Durham Alumni All Star Quintet, it promises to be a night not to be missed. This night of live music will provide an energetic and exciting conclusion to this year’s festival.
Check website for further details www.darlingtonjazzfestival.co.uk