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Monday, 17 March 2014

Mark Nightingale/Al Woods@Darlington Jazz Fest

Mark Nightingale

From Shaune Eland

The Darlington Jazz festival this year will be expanding and will run from Thursday 24th April until Sunday 27th April 2014.

It will be based at The Forum Music Centre ( and Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum
( with a fringe event at Voodoo Café ( There will be over 20 bands playing throughout the weekend

Mark Nightingale has gained a reputation as one of the top-flight jazz trombonists worldwide. In the UK he plays regularly in bands lead by Andy Panayi, Alan Barnes, Laurence Cottle and Stan Tracey. Mark has recorded and played with artists from all genres including Ray Brown, Clark Terry, Sting, Scott Hamilton, Cleo Laine, Charlie Watts, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Wheeler, James Morrison and Steely Dan.

The Al Wood 9 is made up of some of the region’s best jazz musicians, re-creating the music of the great big bands, especially arranged by Al Wood for this line-up, plus new arrangements of classic standards. The band comprises of: Al Wood (leader, trumpet, saxes), Jim Corry, James Russell (alto sax), Stuart MacDonald, Simon Kaylor (tenor sax), Sam Thornton (baritone sax), Graham Hearn (piano), Garry Jackson (bass), Bob Howard (drums).

Saturday 26th April – 1-6pm @The Forum Music Centre
Durham County Youth Big Band, Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion, Jamil Sheriff Trio, Debra Milne Ensemble, Darlington Big Band
Saturday 26th April 7pm-1am @The Forum Music Centre
Tom Stephenson and friends,  Mark Nightingale with the Durham Alumni Big Band, Late Night Jazz Session with Alan Law, JazzTones and Guest Artists
Sunday 27th April 11am-6pm @Head of Steam
Jazz in my pants, Tyne Valley Big Band, The Slowlight Quartet, ACV, Workshop performance and Tutors band, Djangologie, Alter Ego
Sunday 27th April 6pm-9pm  @Head of Steam
Little Big Band, The Al Wood 9

Early bird tickets are now on sale . They can be purchased by contacting the Forum on 01325 363135. The festival has sold out the previous 2 years, so please secure your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

More information on bands and ticket options/prices can be found on our website: or contact us on 07538772368 /

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