Durham University Jazz Society holds free weekly jam nights giving attendees the chance to play or sing with talented musicians and develop improvisational skills. We welcome anybody that has an appreciation for the music genre whether they be interested in performing or listening. Membership is not necessary for attendance at jam nights and anyone is welcome, students and locals are welcome to perform. This is a great place to improve your performance skills in a relaxed environment and a great way to get to know others who love jazz!

Jazz Society offers a vibrant social scene with regular trips to see professional gigs all over the North East, such as Youngblood Brass Band, The Hot 8 Brass Band and many more local acts at venues across the region with discounted tickets. We also host a big social in second term with live music, drinks and collaboration with other societies to create a fun atmosphere for all!

We also offer student workshops and masterclasses with professional musicians to focus on improving various aspects of jazz performance. Another aspect of Jazz Society is our performer database, where regular attendees at our jam nights are invited to sign up and are offered paid gigs at events across the university and wider community.

We run 2 concert series, putting on 4 of our own themed gigs per term to promote student musicians. Previous examples include a Dave Holland Octet, a Bill Evans feature and an Ella Fitzgerald concert. We also have many exciting upcoming gigs including a Latin Jazz Trio, a Chick Corea concert and a New Orleans Brass Band show. Members of the society with ideas for gigs they would like to put on are invited to apply for a performance slot at the start of every term; we provide a venue, logistics and publicity to make your jazz gig happen!

President: Tom Klafkowski
Vice-President: Robin Bruce-Gardyne
Email: [email protected]
Jazz Jams: Sundays 7.30pm-11pm at Fabio’s Bar, 66 Saddler Street, Durham, DH1 3NP
Facebook: Durham University Jazz Society
Instagram: @durhamjazzsoc