Welcome to Guildford Jazz, a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to bring some of Britain’s finest musicians to a local audience, in an intimate and welcoming “jazz club” environment. Since we started running the monthly gigs at the Cavern in March 2011 we’ve welcomed nearly 600 musicians and over 8000 music lovers to our gigs, and raised over £19,000 for charity.
We run two gigs each month both of which feature some of the country’s top jazz musicians: 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. We also run two summer charity events – the annual Wood Street Jazz Festival in aid of the disabled children’s charity Challengers, and a Jazz in the Park at Loseley in support of the bowel cancer charity GUTS. We also hold monthly jam session at the Merry Harriers pub on the second Sunday of the month, and occasional workshops.
Details of all the gigs coming up in the next couple of months are below, and another couple of dates for your diary are:
MARCH 2nd FUNDRAISER AND SOCIAL EVENING In memory of our friend and colleague Cheryl King (Hirst)
JAZZ CAFE AT THE ELECTRIC THEATRE
Feb 27th JIMMY HASTINGS
An evening of intimate jazz with top UK saxophonist Jimmy Hastings at the Electric Theatre’s popular Jazz Cafe. Jimmy was famously part of the Humphrey Lyttleton Band and over the years he has worked with a host onf international stars, including Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tonny Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Nelson Riddle and many others.
These days Jimmy is much in demand at all national jazz venues as a solo performer or with his own quartet, and is a very popular visitor to Guildford, so we are delighted to welcome him to the Jazz Cafe in February.
With Robin John Pearce on piano, and Trevor Tomkins on drums.
March 27th CRAIG MILVERTON “Tribute to Oscar Peterson”
Apr 24th ART THEMEN
THE PAVILION AT GUILDFORD RUGBY CLUB
March 14th DAVE LEWIS QUARTET
An evening of soulful, funky, blues-drenched jazz from US tenor saxophonist Dave Lewis. Well known for his distinctive tenor sound and individual approach, Dave has recorded with, among others, Bryan Ferry, Tommy Chase and Eric Clapton, and his playing has a natural affinity to the Jazz/R&B greats such as Dexter Gordon, King Curtis and Joe Henderson.
Featuring Dave Lewis – tenor sax, Robin Aspland – piano, Frank Tontoh – drums, Marianne Windham – bass
Pre-gig workshop with Dave at 5.30pm! More details here….
Plus Chilli Supper served from 7pm!
Apr 11th MARTIN SHAW & MARK NIGHTINGALE QUINTET
May 9th IAIN BALLAMY’S “MOLECATCHER” TRIO
June 13th FUNK NIGHT WITH THE LOIRE ALL STARS
GUILDFORD SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL
March 17th Jazz Day at Holy Trinity Church
12pm Lunchtime Jazz with the George Abbott Big Band
2-5pm Come and Sing! Jazz vocal workshop with Pete Churchill
A rare opportunity to take part in a vocal workshop and concert with
one of the country’s finest jazz choral directors, acclaimed jazz vocalist, piani
st and inspirational educator, Pete Churchill. You don’t need any previous jazz singing experience or an ability to read music, just enthusiasm and a willingness to try something new!
7.30pm Pete Churchill Quartet and the Jazz Workshop Choir!
The renowned jazz vocalist Pete Churchill is joined by his quartet featuring Julian Nicholas on Tenor Sax and the Jazz Workshop Choir. A highlight of the 2018 Guildford Spring Music Festival, not to be missed!
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 March 11th.