Temperatures may be dropping as the year moves on – but things will be hotter than ever at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club when they host two gigs in a row next month.

First up, on Saturday 5 October 2019, is The Big Easy, a brilliant young band from Leeds with a repertoire that showcases their lively and varied performances of the best music of the 20th Century. They exude class – but not at the expense of fun – when they play their brand of early jazz, New Orleans deep-south classics and lively jump-jive.

Their last appearance at the Club was a huge success and their dynamic hot combination of piano, vocals, wind, strings and drums never fails to thrill whenever they play.

And save the date – the following Saturday 12th October sees a new visitor to the club when Edinburgh clarinettist and band leader extraordinaire Hamish McGregor brings his tribute to the big hitters of the British trad jazz revival to Darlington. He’ll perform his Ball, Barber and Bilk show on his iconic white clarinet and feature solos from Colin Steele on trumpet and Dave Batchelor on trombone.

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club’s world-class gigs come at a very local price of just £10 per time on the door and there’s no charge for young people 15 and under. The Club meets at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington, where there’s plenty of free onsite parking. Doors open at noon for a 12:30pm start.

If you don’t want to drive, the Parish Centre is just a short walk from the bus stops on Tubwell Row and Darlington railway station. For more information go to www.darlingtonjazz.co.uk