Friday 14 March 2014

Jazz in Darlington - Award winners, festivals and more

Darlington has been on the lips of the jazz community recently, with their upcoming jazz festival featuring nationally renowned musicians and the best in local jazz. Add to that the recent inaugural winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year being a Darlington native (Alex Bone) and it's clear that Darlington is a major hub for jazz in the North.

BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year

17 year old saxophonist Alex Bone, who was commended for his sound and passion, comes from a family of musicians and is currently studying at Chethams School of Music.
From the Guardian...

"I want to thank everyone so much for all the messages and support I've received," he said. "The four other finalists are an insanely talented set of young musicians and friends that I have bags of respect for. The Gwilym Simcock Trio were mind-blowing, and I enjoyed playing jazz in the final more than I ever had in my life thanks to them! It was a huge honour."

See full Guardian article here.

Darlington Jazz Festival 2014

The festival is expanding this year, taking place from 24th April until the 27th April and running in a number of venues across the region.

The festival will be based at the Forum Music Centre, the Head of Steam and will have fringe events at the Voodoo Cafe. Following on from two previous successful festivals, they will host 20 gigs across these venues and audience projections are high.

From press release...

Thursday 24th April – a jazz improvisation workshop led by Matt Roberts with sectional tutors at The Forum Music Centre

Friday 25th April – Latin Band Burundanga at Voodoo Café

Saturday 26th April  – Jazz Festival session 1 and 2 at The Forum Music Centre

Sunday 27th April – Jazz Festival session 3 and Jazz Club at Head of Steam

Musicians and groups appearing include Al Wood nine, Zoe Gilby & Andy Champion, Darlington Big Band, ACV and the Slowlight Quartet plus many more.

For full details on the line-up and to book your tickets, visit or call 07538772368.

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