It’s a bumper year for Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club as it welcomes a record number of bands to play lunchtime gigs at the town’s St Augustine’s Parish Centre on Larchfield Street. There’s a total of 18 gigs booked throughout the year, up from the usual 12, which says so much about the popularity of the club.

Things get off to a truly New Orleans start on Saturday 2 February, with what’s bound to be a stellar performance by Dale Storr on piano, taking the audience on a musical journey showcasing the legendary piano players of New Orleans. The show features Dale’s superb piano playing and singing, punctuated by some wonderful stories from those times of long ago.

Dale’s inspiration comes from the evocative rhythms of New Orleans, bringing sharp twists to everything from a classically influenced minuet, a Latin rhumba and some junker-blues piano, to a red hot stomping boogie-woogie. His influences range from Fats Domino and Floyd Cramer to Dr John and James Carroll Booker.

On Saturday 16 February, the Club will host dynamic young street group Frog & Henry from the Big Easy itself. Formed in New Orleans French Quarter as a collective of several street performing groups, the band plays and records old dance and jazz music from the early 1900s on brass and string instruments, with plenty of vocals.

Saturday 2 March sees clarinetist and composer Adrian Cox visiting St Augustine’s with his show ‘Profoundly blue’, celebrating the music of his favourite clarinet player Edmond Hall.

  • Starts 12.30pm at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG
  • Entry is £10 on the door, children 15 and under go free
  • DfC members get a 20% discount on presentation of their membership card
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