A FORMER school is to become a hub for jazz with a programme of prominent performers set to visit.

St Cuthbert’s Centre in Crook will launch its season of jazz concerts with a performance by the Saxophonics tomorrow night (April 26).

The Victorian-built centre, which used to be St Cuthbert’s Primary School, is to hold a series of jazz gigs over the next few months with performers who have played on BBC Radio 3 set to play.

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Programme organiser Paul Edis, who is also a musician and has performed on the radio station’s jazz show, said the aim is to bring big bands to Crook while also promoting new talent from the area.

He will play a solo set alongside sax quartet the Saxophonics tomorrow night.

The Paul Edis Sextet will then play on Friday, June 7, with the eight piece New Orleans style marching band The Northern Monkey Brass Band visiting on Friday, July 5.

The Customs House Big Band featuring singer Ruth Lambert will perform in the hall on Friday, September 27, with a 60s night featuring The Persuaders being held on Friday, October 11.

The programme will end with Djangologie on Friday, November 8.

Roger Kelly from the community centre said: “It is a real coup for us to have these incredible acts playing in our community centre.

“These are bands not normally seen in this area and will be a must for music fans and anyone wanting a fun night.”

Doors open at 7pm and tickets costing £5 are available on the door.