This year you can access 21 events in 7 venues over 3 days, all for only £20!
As ever we have fantastic range of regional, national and international acts ranging from emerging artists right through to seasoned favourites.
Use the drop down menus below to access venue and scheduling information and download our handy guide.
DJAZZ is a multi venue festival that uses existing spaces, transforming them into jazz venues for the weekend. We collaborate with local businesses to bring an elective programme of jazz to Durham’s most intriguing venues. As a festival that is ‘of the city’ we like to mix things up and spread the love. This year we are delighted to add 5 new venues to compliment 2 returning favourites.
Click the links to learn about the 2019 venues in more detail >>>
The Holy GrAle
57 Crossgate, Durham DH1 4PR
A new bar & bottle shop, this independent business is opening up their basement for DJAZZ. With very limited capacity you’ll need to act fast to get a spot for what is set to be a pretty special improv performance.
Festival Hub: The Riverwalk
Durham, DH1 4SL
The newly built Riverwalk shopping centre will be our main festival hub featuring 3 spaces.
Our free outdoor stage will be in The Square, with our info hub nearby. We’ll also be creating 2 pop up spaces – our main gig venue and our DJAZZ bar which will host jams. Add to the mix the Riverwalk’s fantastic food & drink offer with a world Heritage view and you have your festival hub for the weekend!
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Flass Street, Durham, DH1 4BE
Back for a 3rd year, The Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills makes is our headline venue. Steeped in working class history and a huge part of Durham’s story, this 360 seat council chamber is the perfect venue for our Friday & saturday headliners.
Durham’s most iconic building plays host to DJAZZ on Sunday 9th June for two fantastic performances including one using the Cathedral organ – this is NOT to be missed!
The Norman Chapel
Durham Castle, Palace Green DH1 3RW
A favourite from lat year, Durham Castle’s Norman Chapel is nearly 1000 years old. With very limited capacity, and beautiful natural acoustics, be prepared for an enchanting experience.
Friday 7th June
Fluidly incorporating jazz, rave rock, folk and South-Asian influences, Arun is a renowned
Arun Ghosh – clarinet, Faye MacCalman – tenor saxophone, John Ellis – keyboard, Matt Owens – double bass, Dave Walsh – drums
… a meeting of minds and sounds that marries the cool invention and wit of Amsterdam and the Netherlands with the passion and traditions of Scotland and the Highlands, with more than a hint of the Asian diaspora.
The North East Super Jam
8pm – Late // DJAZZ Bar @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
A concept developed for DJAZZ 2018, The North East Super Jam is designed to bring together the eclectic jam scene in the North east. For 2019 Paul Grainger assembles a house band for the festival, featuring some of the best players in the region. Join in or just take a seat and enjoy.
Saturday 8th June
‘Maja conjures up a magical atmosphere with her deceptively simple material and the most intimate of expressive instruments: a lone ‘cello. Her music has the power to transform the space around her yet reflect and absorb it, and in doing so she creates an almost meditative-like state in the listener.’ Steve Mead, manchester jazz festival 2016
1pm – 3pm // DJAZZ Bar @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
Take a break in our pop up DJAZZ bar and listen to some guest curated tunes.
1:30pm – 2:15pm // The Square, outdoor stage @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
The Jazz Soctet is a recently-formed ensemble consisting of some of Durham University’s finest jazz musicians, and is dedicated to performing the compositions of Dave Holland.
2pm – 2:45pm // The Pop-Up @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
A hard-boiled trio of Scottish musicians, AKU! always make a powerful statement when they perform. Fusing together the genres of noise-rock, afrobeat and hip-hop AKU! are thriving to follow in the footsteps of artists including Death Grips, Sons of Kemet, Fela Kuti and The Thing.
The Nu-Bossa Band
3pm – 3:45pm // The Square, outdoor stage @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
The Nu-Bossa Band consists of Portuguese father-daughter duo Inês and José Goncalves, along with percussionist Ben Fitzgerald and Saxophonist Thomas Dixon. Their set is filled with Latin and afro-cuban music from across the decades, from Antônio Carlos Jobim to Buika and Buena Vista Social Club.
3pm – 5pm // DJAZZ Bar @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
Take a break in our pop up DJAZZ bar and listen to some guest curated tunes
3:30pm – 4:15pm // The Pop-Up @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
Jelly Cleaver is a guitarist, producer and singer-songwriter based in South London, as well as a graduate from Durham University. With an eclectic taste in music, Jelly is heavily involved in both the jazz and DIY/punk scenes in London including The 9-piece Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline developed out of the award-winning Tomorrow’s Warriors Emerging Artist Development Programme based at the Southbank. Her new album, ‘The Dream Jazz Manifesto’ is out in May 2019.
‘Jelly has a totally unique way of threading Jazz, folk and psychedelic influences’ – Tina Edwards, Worldwide FM/Supreme Standards.
Soul of St. Funkbert
4:30pm – 5:15pm // The Square, outdoor stage @ The Riverwalk festival Hub
Soul of St Funkbert, comprised of some of the best musicians of Durham University, will transport you on a funk/soul odyssey through the ages from 60’s Nina Simone to modern day Cory Henry.
Matt Mackellar Band
5pm – 5:45pm // The Pop-Up @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
Matthew MacKellar (drums) returns from Berklee College of Music to play a set at DJAZZ. Expect a reworking of neo-soul cuts with a tip-of-the-hat to million-selling Floetry and current favourites like Robert Glasper, Theo Croker and Moonchild.
Ben Lawrence – keys, Andy Champion – bass, Niffi Osiyemi – vocals
5pm – 6pm // DJAZZ Bar @ The Riverwalk festival Hub
Take a break whilst listening to our 2019 DJAZZ playlist.
Doors open at 6pm
Support act: Noize Choir
6:45pm – 7:15pm // Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
This experimental choral group have created a site specific piece in response to the history of Redhills and is sure to be a unique experience. The NoizeChoir is a performance ensemble that was formed in 2011 by Newcastle based artists Lindsay Duncanson and Marek Gabrysch. It involves a loose collective of noise enthusiasts with a common desire to use the human voice free of the traditional restraints of typical choral settings, language or musical notation. Their work is based on a shared fascination with science, culture and landscape. They indulge in phenomenological explorations of museum collections, or imaginings of our geological past. Replicating and experimenting with the sound of machines or the natural world, NoizeChoir continually find ways to push and pull the idea of what a choir can be.
Headline act: Moses Boyd Exodus
7:45pm – 9pm // // Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Headlining the spectacular Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Saturday evening, Moses Boyd brings his Exodus project of stellar musicians – line up TBA – for what is sure to be a jaw dropping performance.
A prolific young drummer, composer, producer and tour de force in the UK jazz scene, Moses Boyd is 2X MOBO Awards winner, Recipient of The John Peel ‘Play more Jazz Award’ from the 2016 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards. And the 2014 worshipful company of music young jazz musician of the year award.
Moses has worked and collaborated with the likes of Lonnie Liston Smith, Ed Motta, Little Simz, Four Tet, Floating Points, Sampha, Zara McFarlane, Gilles Peterson, and many more. Whilst leading his own outfits The Exodus and Solo Exodus which infuses Jazz, grime and electronic influences. Moses also releases music under his own label Exodus Records, and more recently has become a new resident on BBC Radio 1xtra.
Durham University Jazz Society Jam
9:30pm – Late // DJAZZ Bar @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
Durham’s legendary jam night comes to DJAZZ. Join in or take a seat and listen as we wrap up Saturday night in style.
Sunday 9th June
MASTERCLASS: How to Progress as an Emerging Jazz Artist
12pm – 3pm // DJAZZ Bar @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
Tickets Free but sign up required
Tipping Point (Powered by Generator) and DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival are excited to announce a new collaboration in the form of a talent development masterclass focusing on Jazz and Jazz-influenced music creators! This is the very first time Generator has supported artists from this genre. Happening as part of DJAZZ’s festival programme, audiences and artists will be able to attend an intimate Q&A with the following amazing speakers: Jesse Barrett (drummer and percussionist with Mammal Hands), Lucy Scott (creative producer and project manager who sits on the board of Manchester Jazz Festival and currently manages the Both Sides Now programme for Brighter Sound) and Lesley Jackson (Executive Director of Jazz North – the Jazz sector support organisation for the North of England). The event will be moderated by Ged Robinson, head of talent development and the music programme at Generator.
REGISTER HERE >>> https://bit.ly/2WaXDk3
Please note that this event is free to attend but prior registration is essential due to limited spaces.
Kinesis + Paul Grainger
12pm – 1:15pm // The Pop-Up @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
An act of two parts; part one is Abbie Finn & Harry Keeble’s Drum/Sax duo… part two is with added bass courtesy of Paul Grainger. Abbie and Harry have performed all over the country and with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) Academy big band in London and they perform as a duo (Kinesis) focusing on improvised jazz and free music, as well as arranging standards – for the second half of their performance they will be joined by Bassist Paul Grainger; prolific in the North East Jazz Scene and beyond Grainger is also adviser to DJAZZ.
The Big Band Project
1:15pm – 2:00pm // The Square, outdoor stage @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
Made up of Durham University students, The Big Band Project was set up with the goal of playing a variety of challenging and enjoyable tunes from a variety of eras…swing numbers made famous by Glenn Miller and his orchestra, to hard bop/post-bop works by the likes of Stan Kenton, Hank Levy, and Charles Mingus, and to 21st Century works by Jacob Mann.
The accomplished pianist gives a solo performance in the stunning surrounds of Durham Cathedral. The music is evocative, alluring and unique; combining unusual harmonies and sonorities with an original and fluid technique.
This performance has been programmed in collaboration with Jazz North East, a partner for DJAZZ 2019.
2:pm – 2:45pm // The Square, outdoor stage @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
Jasmine is a saxophone-led quintet from Leeds, performing music composed by saxophonist Jasmine Whalley. The band performs an interesting blend of Jazz and Hip-Hop which creates a unique and current sound. Jasmine is inspired by artists including MF Doom, MadVillain, Soweto Kinch, Bonobo and more.
Jasmine is a Jazz North Introduces artist and this performance has been programmed in collaboration with Jazz North, a partner for DJAZZ 2019.
Progressive Alt-Folk meets jazz. Ceitidh Mac blends the warming tones of the cello and mellow vocals to create a transformative sound that puts a progressive twist on the alt-folk genre. Her ever popular set up of Cello, Vibraphone and synths is accompanied by Faye MacCalman’s clarinet for what is sure to be a beautifully immersive experience.
This performance has been programmed in collaboration with Jazz North East, a partner for DJAZZ 2019.
3pm-5pm // DJAZZ Bar @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
Take a break whilst listening to our 2019 DJAZZ playlist
NFOJAIM Presents: George Burt
3:30pm – 4:15pm // The Holy GrAle (Very Limited Capacity)
Squeeze into the ancient basement of Durham’s new, independent bar and bottle shop The Holy GrAle, for a special improv performance. This space has very limited capacity but for the lucky few who get in, it’s sure to be a special experience.
‘There is no distinction between George and his Guitar, and through it that voice emerges, constantly questioning, imitating, defying, exploring, it can be outrageously fearful, or deeply delicate and sensitive… let’s pull it to bits and see what happens, now let’s piece it back together again, but it can’t ever be the same, so what does it sound like now, and now, and now again…’ – Wesley Stephenson, NFOJAIM
A co-promotion with Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music.
Not Now Charlie
4pm – 4:45pm // The Square, Outdoor Stage @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
The roots of this Newcastle based band are set in the Jazz world but they draw on their mutual love of many other genres such as Rock, Neo Soul, Pop and R&B. Expect the perfect mix of Jazz harmony with infectious grooves and memorable melodies, all topped off with the excitement of improvisation.
Jamie Toms – Sax, Pawel Jedrzejewski – Guitar, Richard Campbell – Piano, Liam Gaughan – Bass, Dave McKeague – Drums.
Paul Edis & Graeme Wilson at Durham Cathedral
5:30pm – 6:15pm // Durham Cathedral
PIPE ORGAN & SAXOPHONE improvised duo in the beautiful setting of DURHAM CATHEDRAL from two leading performers and composers on the UK jazz scene. Not to be missed.
At the 2018 Ushaw Jazz Festival the duo performed an improvised set in the St. Cuthbert’s Chapel with Paul at the pipe organ. An unconventional setting for a jazz gig, the duo revelled in the chance to play with the incredible acoustics and atmosphere, summoning up the sounds of heaven and hell in a continuous improvised set!
At DJazz 2019 the duo are going to do it again in what writer Bill Bryson described as ‘the best cathedral on planet earth’!
Between Waves with Fran Bundey
7pm – 7:45pm // The Pop-Up @ The Riverwalk Festival Hub
In 2018 with the support of Help Musicians UK and Cobalt Studios in Newcastle upon Tyne, award winning Tyneside trio Archipelago began running ‘BETWEEN WAVES’, a collaborative residency-gig series for female-identifying artists to make new music with Archipelago. For this special performance at DJAZZ Festival, will be joined by one of their BETWEEN WAVES collaborators Fran Bundey, a Leeds based sound artist and electronic vocal looping musician who likes to make a big noise. Fran aims to inhabit the grey space between music and art.
8pm – 8:45pm // DJAZZ Bar @ The Riverwalk festival Hub
Bringing DJAZZ 2019 to a close will the be the fantastic Slow Loris. Join us for a final drink in the DJAZZ Bar as we see the festival off in style.
A Slow Loris is a small nocturnal mammal with a toxic bite. A rare trait among mammals and unique to the lorisidae primates. Their music incorporates rock and metal influences, alongside a love of electronic music and hip-hop, yet staying rooted in jazz. They enjoy challenging traditional genre boundaries to create fresh, original music.
Slow Loris are a Jazz North Introduces artist and this performance has been programmed in collaboration with Jazz North, a partner for DJAZZ 2019.