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Established in 2017 to promote collaboration and diversity in the jazz scene, DJAZZ offers a fresh take on the festival format.

Utilising a range of venues and pop-up spaces we aim to find new ways to celebrate the genre and reach new audiences. As such the festival is different year on year, shifting and adapting in response to the city, the scene and our ever changing list of partners and collaborators.

This different take on the festival format introduces a truly collaborative and accessible platform for jazz in Durham. In 2017 AT THE ROOT (Heather Spencer) and Empty Shop, combined efforts to pull together all the threads of the jazz scene in the region. Merging their own respective jazz outputs (The Empty Shop Jazz Sessions and Durham University Jazz Society 2016-17 respectively) and allowing space to work with other initiatives, this partnership approach allowed for a truly flexible and responsive event.

It is from this foundation that the festival grows working with the City as a whole and a whole host of partners & collaborators.

Special thanks goes to Paul Grainger who has acted in an advisory role since year 1.

Sustainability & approach
DJAZZ operates as a sustainable festival, meaning we don’t rely on any one source of funding and build in self initiated income streams. We strive to deliver a version of the festival no matter what and always price tickets at a truly accessible level.

It is our firm belief that jazz is for anyone; as a genre its roots spread far and wide meaning that everyone likes some form of jazz, even if they haven’t discovered it yet.

We are no longer programming events. Please see the update on our home poage or various socila media channels for the full update.

2019 Partners and supporters