Dave O' Higgins 29 April
Darlington Jazz Festival makes its return for the sixth year this April and organisers are hoping it’s going to be bigger than ever. The festival will open on Thursday with a workshop for musicians of all abilities, led by Jazz Educator in Residence, Matt Roberts. The charismatic Darlington-born trumpeter and composer who has recently wowed crowds at sold out gigs with his BigISH Band at the EFG London Jazz Festival will lend his skills and experience to the next generation of talent, before going on to officially kick off the festival when he takes his sextet to Voodoo café on Friday for a night of hard bop.
On Saturday afternoon, there will be a number of free sessions at venues around the town, including The Quakerhouse and Mr Huttons, with music from Dean Stockdale, the Rick Laughlin Trio and the Abbie Finn Quartet to name but a few.
An evening of swinging big band music from the 1950s to the present day will follow at the recently restored Majestic Theatre, with internationally renowned saxophonist Dave O’Higgins supported by The Durham Alumni Big Band. For people left wanting more, a return to The Quakerhouse for a late-night jam session is on offer.
On Sunday morning festival goers can enjoy a relaxed brunch at Hash Bar to the sounds of Gyspy Jazz from James Birkett and Emma Fisk. The Friends Meeting House provides the venue for Sunday afternoon’s activities with music from the Vocal Collective and newly formed Locomotive Rhythm, who celebrate the railway heritage of north east England, featuring unique resonant loco wheels, played as percussion instruments.
Darlington Jazz Club will round out the Festival on Sunday Evening at Hash Music Box with Laughlin, Peberdy and Ellerton supported by the Alumni All Stars.
Shaune Eland, Darlington Jazz Festival organiser, said:
‘The enjoyment of the festival has grown year on year for performers and audiences, and we hope that this year will be no different.’
Darlington Jazz Festival runs from Thursday 27 April – Sunday 30 April