Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club welcomes back two of its most popular performers on Saturday 5 May – international stars John Hallam on reeds and Jeff Barnhart on keyboard.

John and Jeff join forces to play jazz tunes familiar, less familiar and some downright obscure – but fun. John’s career stretches across Europe and America and he’s held the front line in bands featuring jazz greats including George Melly, Stephane Grappelli, Digby Fairweather and Humphrey Littleton.

Jeff’s career is equally international, playing back-to-back gigs around the world and getting his audiences on the edge of their seats as he brings his larger-than-life personality to flawless performances. There’ll be a lot of laughs too as he’s a great entertainer.

There’s a further treat in store on the day – John and Jeff are joined by club favourites Keith Stephen on guitar and banjo and Bruce Rollo on bass – together the line-up forms the Mr Men Quartet.

And get ready for ragtime on Saturday 2 June when Mike Lovell and his Six In A Bar bandmates hit the club. They’ll be dressed to impress, playing and singing fantastic music out of the 1920s and 30s by such greats as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington to name but a few. This event is part of Darlington Arts Festival 2018.

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). St Augustine’s Parish Centre has a licensed bar and tea and coffee is available; and everyone is very welcome to bring their own food along for a picnic whilst the band is entertaining. It’s a good idea to arrive early to get good seats.

There’s plenty of free onsite car parking. It’s also just a short walk from the bus stops on Tubwell Row and Darlington railway station.