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Monday, January 26, 2015

Darlington Jazz Club: It’s a New Dawn, It’s a New Day

(Report by Russell)
Darlington Jazz Club has issued a statement to inform all supporters of the regular jazz nights at the Forum Music Centre of important forthcoming changes. Sunday March 22 will be the final gig at the Forum (featuring the Darlington Big Band). The good news – Darlington Jazz Club will continue at the Quakerhouse, Mechanic’s Yard, Darlington.
The new era begins on Sunday 12 April with the club meeting at the same time (doors at five thirty, first set at six o’clock) on the second and fourth Sundays in the month in the upstairs room of the Quakerhouse. A Darlington Jazz Club committee statement reads as follows:
It is with regret that the committee acknowledge that The Forum Music Centre can no longer support the Sunday night event organised by the Darlington Jazz Club, We are of course grateful for the opportunities that we have been given since September 2012.
The statement continues:
The room [at the Quakerhouse] is perfect for our combo nights but it is our intention to hold The Big Band nights as ‘pop up’ events in venues around the Borough such as St Augustine’s Parish Hall, The King’s Head and DRSM.      
Darlington Jazz Club’s ethos will continue – to promote a live music audience, to attract nationally and internationally recognised jazz artists to Darlington, to provide a platform for local and regional jazz musicians and to encourage young people to participate as listeners, performers and organisers.
So, a new era for jazz in Darlington is on the horizon – April 12 – but before then there is more at the Forum during February and March.
Russell.

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