Coronavirus update – 4 June 2020. Because of the continuing uncertainty surrounding the virus and the need for social distancing, we are postponing the festival. The new dates will be November 5-7, 2021.
This has been a sad and difficult decision to make, but safety remains a top priority. Over the next few weeks we will be in touch with ticket holders.
Our concert themes and performers for 2021 will stay unchanged (subject to availability).
Welcome to MIKE DURHAM’S INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC JAZZ PARTY
– The globe’s foremost gathering of specialist Classic Jazz musicians and fans; a three-day concert series featuring live music of a rarely heard quality and authenticity, performed by a truly international roster of world-class performers.
A unique event like none other in the Jazz festival calendar, the Party was first founded in 1990 by Mike Durham in Whitley Bay, near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK, and has grown bigger and better with each successive year.
Held over a long weekend from midday on Friday until late on Sunday evening, the Party takes the form of a series of special themed concerts chosen and curated by the musicians themselves (see Concert Themes for forthcoming programme) and drawn from the canon of the first 40 years of jazz.
At the end of each day, musicians and audience relax and enjoy themselves at the legendary after-hours jam sessions in the hotel’s bar, often going on into the wee small hours.
The concerts take place in 4-star luxury, with audience members being assigned to cabaret seating of 8 to a table. A twice-daily rotation system is in place to ensure that everybody gets a good view.
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