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Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has started its 2017 year-long programme of live jazz.
Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club are proud of the fact that they have been playing their part in keeping jazz alive in the town since 1996. They have live bands performing eleven months of the year and one of the things that the guest performers always say is that they appreciate the part that the audience is playing in making it possible for them to tour and perform live.
And because the club is friendly with the organisers of two other northern clubs – Bedale and Boston Spa Jazz Clubs – it means they can really punch above our weight and put together a northern mini tour to get some of the best bands around to play for them.
A very impressive line-up of bands kicks off the Club’s jazz year. They include:
Saturday 1st April 2017 – Brownfield Byrne Hot Six: Inspired by the swing era stylists of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the ‘Hot Six’ performs music by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Bix Biederbeck, Fats Waller, early Duke Ellington and the John Kirby sextet, all to their own arrangements. Standout soloists Jamie Brownfield and Liam Byrne energize the band and give it all a really authentic and infectious swing.
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 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.
Contact: Ray Sams 07860 368022
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It’s all happening at The Forum
The Forum in Borough Road has got a terrific programme. For the full list of gigs and events, please visit


Friday 24th – Strangers In The Night
Gasto Promotions presents UFO paying homage to UFO + Support from Absolute Zero
This gig is in conjunction with CAMRA Beer fest.

Saturday 25th – The Spirit Levellers
In Conjunction with CAMRA Beer Fest this band will have you up dancing all night putting their own spin on hits from The Levellers.
Tickets £8 – Doors 8pm

Friday 31st – Northern Soul Oldies Night
The Forum Northern Soul Club’s 2 monthly Northern Soul Night with 3 DJs spinning quality Northern Soul Classics.
Tickets / Entrance £3.50 – Doors 7pm until Midnight

April @ The Forum.

Saturday 1st – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club @ The Forum
3 Top stand-up comedians bring you an evening of quality comedy
Tickets £10/ 7-30

Wednesday 5th – Open Mic Night
Our Monthly open mic night where our stage is set for you, just come down, plug in and play.
7pm: Youth Spot
8pm: Regular Spot ( 16+ )
Free Entrance.

Friday 7th – Darlington R’n’B Club
This month the club present Red Butler.
Tickets £12 /7-30
Tom Whitton Charity Fundraiser
Fundraiser celebrating the life of local man Tom Whitton with music from Fizzy Fish.
All proceeds to go to The Brain Tumour Society
Tickets £7/8pm

Thursday 13th – Bon Jovi Forever.
Brilliant tribute to Bon Jovi, always a sell out so advance tickets advised.
Tickets £12adv / 8pm

Friday 14th – Local Band Night
2 popular local bands Ol’ Glory & Gram Baker playing their own material ranging from Americana to pop& Rock.
Tickets / Entrance £5 /8pm

Saturday 15th – Nearly Noel & Acoustic Weller
Always a popular night, paying homage to Noel Gallagher & his High Flyin’ Birdz plus Paul Weller
Tickets £10adv/£12otd/8pm

Friday 21st – Gasto Promotions Presents:
This month The Saatchi Sugiyama Band + King Size Voodoo Traveller.
Tickets £10/8pm
Saturday 22nd TBC

Friday 28th – Northern Soul Night
3 DJ’s spinning quality Northern Soul , Motown & 60’s
Entrance £3.50/7pm until Midnight.

Saturday 29th – Bryan Adams Experience
Brilliant tribute to the Canadian Rocker Bryan Adams, always a sell-out get tickets early!
Tickets £9adv/£10otd/8pm

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Darlington Piano Society has been celebrating its 21st season with recitals that have brought artists of the highest quality to the Dolphin Centre.
Distinguished French pianist Amandine Savary concludes the season with works by Robert and Clara Schumann on March 26. Concerts take place at 3pm on Sunday afternoons at Central Hall in the Dolphin Centre.
Concert details
Darlington Piano Society ends its highly successful season with a recital by the French pianist Amandine Savary. After graduated with honours in France (Caen Conservatory – Normandy), Amandine joined the Royal Academy of Music of London in 2003, gaining her BMus diploma in 2007 and a Masters Concert Project Degree with distinction. She is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
She played for the Society in 2007 whilst a beneficiary of the Philip & Dorothy Green award and makes a very welcome return. She brings a programme of music by Robert and Clara Scumann – inspired by each other they corresponded through music during more than 10 years. Clara was a child prodigy of the piano and their passionate friendship transformed into a deep love, to which Clara’s father was vigorously opposed. However, they married in 1840. The story of Clara and Robert Schumann is one of the most inspiring and beautiful love stories of the romantic period. From this period came a huge amount of passionate letters and music and Amandine’s programme is a selection of the latter.
R. Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15
C. Schumann Nocturne in F Major (extract of soirées musicales) Op 6/2
C. Schumann Romance in B minor
R. Schumann Romance in F# major, Opus 28/2
C. Schumann Romance in A minor
C. Schumann Toccatina (extract of soirées musicales) Op 6/1
R. Schumann Kreisleriana Op 16
Full details can be viewed at

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Thursday March 23rd Loose Like a Goose (Bob Surgeoner & Bruce Rollo)
Thursday March 30th Singers, Musicians and Poets

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The next concert by Darlington Choral Society will be on Saturday 8th April at Holy Trinity Church, commencing at 7.30pm. The programme includes Faure’s Requiem and a selection of other music across three centuries. Details can be found at

Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Club
Check out their programme at the Forum at