The town is alive with the sound of music

fabsFor the many musical attractions taking part in the Darlington Arts Festival between April 27-May 31, please go to http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/darlington-festival-program-2014http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/darlington-festival-program-2014/

Little Big Gigs – musical fun for all ages – if this does not open click on
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There’s an international treat in store for New Orleans jazz 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 www.darlingtonjazz.co.uk or contact
Ray Sams ray@darlingtonjazz.co.uk 07860 368022
Graham Foster graham@darlingtonjazz.co.uk
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.


Darlington College to stage musical – if this does not open click on
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Darlington Orchestra Summer Concert 2017 takes place on 15th July 7.30pm at the Dolphin Centre

In this informal and accessible event, the orchestra presents a wide variety of classical music.
The programme will include lots of great pieces by the likes of Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, Copland, Holst and James Horner. The music ranges from opera overtures, to movie medleys and different dances from around the world, plus special guest performers.
More programme detail nearer the date. In the meantime, follow the orchestra on Twitter @DarloOrchestra or Facebook/Darlington-Orchestra.

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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.
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. www.darlingtonjazz.co.uk
Contact: Ray Sams ray@darlingtonjazz.co.uk 07860 368022
Graham Foster graham@darlingtonjazz.co.uk

Disco nights at Voodoo
vodoo disco night

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 www.theforumonline.co.uk

June Events @ The Forum

Saturday 3rd – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club @ The Forum
An evening of first class comedy from 3 Top stand-up comedians
Tickets £10 – Doors 7-30pm

Wednesday 7th – Open Mic Night
Our monthly open mic night where our stage is set for you
Just turn up, plug in and play
Youth spot 7pm
Regular Spot 8pm. – Free Entrance

Friday 9th – Darlington R’n’B Club
This month the club present Tim Aves & Wolfpack
Tickets £12 – Doors 8pm

cashSaturday 10th – Keep It Cash
Brilliant tribute to Johnny Cash, always a sell out so advance tickets is advised.
Tickets £10adv/£11otd – Doors 8pm – Show Starts 8-30

Friday 16th – 10CCLO
Gasto promotions present this brilliant tribute to 10Cc & ELO
Tickets £10 – Doors 8pm

Friday 30th – School Disco Disco Poster 2017
Taking you back to your school disco days
Tickets £7adv – Start 7-30pm

img title=”Darlington Folk Club” src=”http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Darlington-Folk-Club-300×141.png” alt=”Darlington Folk Club” class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-6415 imgborder” />Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm Further details are on www.darlingtonfol