Welcome to Guildford Jazz, a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to bring great live jazz from some of Britain’s finest musicians to a local audience, in an intimate and welcoming jazz club environment.
We currently run two gigs a month. We’re delighted to have found a new permanent home for the club, held on the second Wednesday of the month at Guildford Rugby Club, which has turned out to be a perfect space and location for the club. Our other monthly gig is the very popular Jazz Cafe night at the Electric Theatre in the heart of Guildford, which is normally held on a Tuesday night.
There are some photos from February’s Jazz at the Pavilion with Art Themen here…
8th March Derek Nash at the Pavilion
Much-loved alto sax player Derek Nash is a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and is a vibrant and charismatic performer. An evening of the best of swinging modern mainstream jazz, infused with catchy melodies and infectious rhythms, fronted by one of the most popular and versatile saxophonists in the UK. With Graham Harvey on piano and Clark Tracey on drums!
“Derek Nash is not only a superb player, he has a stage presence that enthuses both his audience and his fellow musicians.” (Jazzin’ Around)
28th March Jazz Cafe with Sara Dowling
Gifted with immensely emotional vocals, Sara Dowling’s influences are wide and far-reaching. Her debut album ‘From Shadows into Light’, released last year, received a five star review from Jazz Journal (“A vocal with timeless quality”) and album of the month from Jazz Views (“A remarkable tone of voice”).
With rising star Gabriel Latchin on piano and top jazz drummer Steve Brown
The event is part of national Give a Gig Week in which hundreds of artists across the country will be raising money for Youth Music to give young people in challenging circumstances opportunities to progress through music.
Guildford Jazz Jam
The monthly jam sessions at the Merry Harriers in Hambledon are held on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The next is on Sunday 12th March. Musicians and listeners in are very welcome! (More….)