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 got off to a truly New Orleans start on Saturday 2 February, with Dale Storr on piano.

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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