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:
MAY 11th FUNDRAISER AND SOCIAL EVENING In memory of our friend and colleague Cheryl King (Hirst)
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH
March 17th PETE CHURCHILL QUINTET
The renowned jazz vocalist Pete Churchill and his quintet featuring the sensational pianist Nikki Iles, winner of the 2017 British Jazz Awards, and Geoff Simkins on alto sax, renowned for his formidable technique and strong capacity for melodic invention, plus – for one night only! – the Guildford Jazz Choir, for a unique evening of the highest quality jazz in the beautiful setting of Holy Trinity Church.
Pete Churchill is Director of the London Vocal Project and Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. He has been a member of both Kenny Wheeler’s and Abdullah Ibrahim’s vocal projects, travelled extensively as Mark Murphy’s accompanist and has also released several critically acclaimed jazz albums under his own name.
A highlight of the 2018 Guildford Spring Music Festival, not to be missed! 7.3pm start, tickets available on the door….
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, pianist 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!
JAZZ CAFE AT THE ELECTRIC THEATRE
March 27th CRAIG MILVERTON: TRIBUTE TO OSCAR PETERSON
British Jazz Award winning pianist Craig Milverton is probably the finest exponent of the music of Oscar Peterson in the UK. This show highlights all the great recordings of Oscar from his biggest hit ‘Tenderly’, to his best selling Album ‘Night Train’. Also featuring Dominic Ashworth, winner of the Jazz Guitar Award in the 2006 British Jazz Awards, with Nick Millward on drums and Marianne Windham on double bass.
A must-see for all Peterson fans and anyone who loves jazz that swings.
“An extravagantly gifted pianist with an unrivalled sense of swing” Dave Gelly, The Observer
Apr 24th ART THEMEN
May 22nd GARETH WILLIAMS “Tony Bennett & Bill Evans: The Legendary Recordings”
June 26th ALEX CURTIS QUARTET feat DAVE O’HIGGINS
THE PAVILION AT GUILDFORD RUGBY CLUB
April 11th MARTIN SHAW/MARK NIGHTINGALE QUINTET
A fantastic lineup for April’s jazz night, as two of the top jazz soloists in the country, Martin Shaw on trumpet and flugelhorn and internationally renowned trombonist Mark Nightingale, front a quintet featuring the multi award winning pianist Dave Newton and top drummer Sebastiaan de Krom!
May 9th IAIN BALLAMY’S “MOLECATCHER” TRIO
June 13th FUNK NIGHT WITH THE LOIRE ALL STARS
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.