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 run two regular gigs each month – a jazz night on the second Wednesday of the month in The Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club, and a Jazz Cafe in the bar of the Electric Theatre on a Tuesday night – as well as a jam session on the 2nd Sunday of every month, a Jazz Festival in Wood Street every summer and a Jazz in the Park event at Loseley. If you’d like to be notified about gigs that are coming up, please click here to sign up to our newsletter, or you can contact us for more information here.
JAZZ CAFE AT THE ELECTRIC THEATRE
Oct 31st A Jazz Journey Through The Oscars
Join us on a jazz journey through the Best Song Oscar winners from the 1930s to the 2000s featuring the work of Barbara Streisand, Annie Lennox, Randy Newman and many others.
From Fred Astaire to “La La Land”, a mixture of familiar and not so familiar songs will be performed by renowned vocalist Jenny Howe (vocal coach on ITV’s “The Voice”) with new arrangements from woodwind player Duncan Lamont Jnr.
These are the songs that made movie history!
Jenny Howe- Vocals, Duncan Lamont Jnr.- Woodwind, John Crawford- Piano, Pete Callard- Guitar, Phil Hopkins- Drums/Harmonica, Marianne Windham- Bass
Nov 28th JOSEPHINE DAVIES
Dec 12th ENRICO TOMASSO
THE PAVILION AT GUILDFORD RUGBY CLUB
Nov 8th Sue Richardson’s “Too Cool – The Life and Music of Chet Baker”
This show features trumpet player Chet Baker’s beautiful music, recalling the smoky jazz clubs of 1950s West Coast cool. Chet’s romantic music belied a tragic, heroin-fuelled existence. His intriguing story epitomises that of the classic jazz musician and running through the fantastic music is a narrative that actress Sylvia Syms helped develop.
The story that unfolds engages with all audiences whether jazz fans or not, and the show has been a sell-out each time it’s appeared at Ronnie Scott’s!
Sue Richardson (trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals, Andy Panayi (saxes and flute), Neal Richardson (piano), Paul Cavaciuti (drums), Marianne Windham (bass)
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! JAZZ AT THE MOVIES
December 20th Joanna Eden’s “A Swinging Christmas”
Following her hugely popular tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at this summer’s Jazz in the Park at Loseley, we are delighted to welcome Joanna Eden and the spectacular ‘Jazz at the Movies’ band for a very special Swinging Christmas evening!
The band is a regular seasonal sell-out at Ronnie Scott’s and headlined many of the UK’s leading jazz clubs and festivals. Fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden (‘the UK’s answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall’ – Time Out) the band features the Chris Ingham trio, and special guest Mark Crooks, the clarinet and saxophone star of the internationally acclaimed John Wilson Orchestra.
The evening will be at St John’s Church Hall, Farncombe. Tickets £15 including a glass of bubbly and a mince pie. Advance booking recommended! Click here for more details…
Guildford Jazz Festival – Marianne Windham Quintet
The Guildford Jazz Festival is from October 20th to 22nd. Although it is not being run by Guildford Jazz, many of the artists appearing at the Festival will be familiar to regulars at our jazz evenings, including Martin Shaw, Alan Barnes, Byron Wallen, Derek Nash, Jacqui Hicks and trumpeter Enrico Tomasso (who is also appearing with his quartet at the Jazz Cafe in December – tickets £14, more details here).
Guildford Jazz will be flying the flag for the local jazz scene at the Festival with a performance by the Marianne Windham Quintet. From the funky stylings of Horace Silver to the harmonic sophistication of Tom Harrell, via the vaults of the late 60’s Blue Note catalogue and the great Art Blakey bands of the 80’s, the Quintet serve up an afternoon of soulful, warm, bluesy jazz.
Featuring Sam Parker – tenor sax, Graham Varley – trumpet, Ed Kinsella – piano, Dave Evetts – drums, and Marianne Windham – double bass
Saturday October 21st. 2.30 – 4.00pm Free Entry!
Harbour Hotel, Harbour Hotel, 3 Alexandra Terrace, Guildford GU1 3DA
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 October 8th.
October 6th Nicolas Meier in Concert
Local guitarist Nicolas Meier is playing at the G-Live Studio on October 6th, as part of his European /UK tour with Jimmy Haslip. Details on http://www.meiergroup.com