Guildford Jazz hosts two gigs each month featuring some of the country’s top jazz musicians in an intimate and welcoming environment: a jazz night in The Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club on the second Wednesday of the month , and a Jazz Cafe in the bar of the Electric Theatre on a Tuesday night. There’s also a monthly jam session at the Merry Harriers pub on the second Sunday of the month, and occasional workshops.
JAZZ CAFE AT THE ELECTRIC THEATRE
October 23rd PETE OXLEY & NICOLAS MEIER
Following their sell-out appearance in Guildford in 2017, virtuoso guitarists Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier once again visit the intimate setting of the Jazz Cafe, as part of their “Colours of Time” 2018 UK Tour.
Expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America to English pastoralism. This is music to indulge your musical senses, so “Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or even jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll probably fall for this”. The Observer ★★★★March 2015
November 27th ALAN BARNES with PHIL DEGREG
December 11th CHRISTMAS JAZZ CAFE with JACQUI HICKS & MARTIN SHAW
THE PAVILION AT GUILDFORD RUGBY CLUB
November 7th KAREN SHARP & STEVE WATERMAN QUINTET
A multi award-winning quintet of double British Jazz Award winners Karen Sharp on tenor sax and Steve Waterman on trumpet plus the fantastic Gareth Williams on piano (“jewel of a player… spinning out luminous introductions and codas” Jazziz Magazine (USA)) with Rod Youngs on drums (watch out for him in the trio at this year’s BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year!), and Marianne Windham on double bass
There’s a pre-gig workshop with Steve Waterman, open to all instrumentalists. Click here for details.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST JOHN’S CHURCH
Dec 19th “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
ALAN BARNES ALL STAR OCTET
A family night out that is also a treat for the jazz connoisseur; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature – or just Christmas!
This suite of pieces takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘A Christmas Carol”. Readin
gs from the original Dickens tell the story, and after each scene eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!
With an all star lineup led by the multi-award winning saxophonist Alan Barnes, whose unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz.
Advance booking highly recommended!
Tickets £15 in advance. For more information and bookings please click here
Guildford Jazz Jam
The monthly jam sessions at the Merry Harriers are held on the 2nd Sunday of the month. Musicians and listeners in are very welcome!
The next is on Sunday November 11th