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, as well as 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
August 21st PAUL HIGGS “SHADES OF MILES”
Trumpet player Paul Higgs, renowned for his subtle and sensitive style, presents an evening of music by trumpet legend Miles Davis. Outstanding!
Ace trumpeter Paul Higgs plays with a sublime tone and breathtaking technique. He has performed with Johnny Dankworth, Lulu, Tony Hatch, John Williams, Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson. He has also performed in major concert venues around the world, and receives standing ovations on a regular basis.
Paul is renowned for his magical sound and exceptional skill. His great sensitivity, high energy and his own skill as a composer make him a superb proponent of Miles Davis’s music.
Miles Davis, the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time, was at the forefront of several major innovations in jazz from the mid ’40s to the early ’90s – bebop, cool, hard bop, modal, jazz funk and jazz fusion. Paul plays well-known favourites from these styles as well as some less familiar gems.
“I’ve never been sure if I’m a bigger fan of Paul’s trumpet playing or his marvellous composing talents as they’re both monumental! Paul Higgs is a world-class composer and trumpet player.” Digby Fairweather: BBC presenter (Radio 2 and 3), and jazz trumpeter
September 25th STAN SULZMANN with KATE WILLIAMS
October 23rd PETE OXLEY & NICOLAS MEIER
November 27th ALAN BARNES with PHIL DEGREG
THE PAVILION AT GUILDFORD RUGBY CLUB
September 12th ANDREW CLEYNDERT QUARTET with ALEXANDRA RIDOUT
October 10th BEN HOLDER with JULIAN STRINGLE
November 7th KAREN SHARP/STEVE WATERMAN QUINTET
December 19th ALAN BARNES OCTET “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” at St John’s
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 September 9th