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, as well as:
MAY 11th FUNDRAISER AND SOCIAL EVENING In memory of our friend and colleague Cheryl King (Hirst)
JAZZ CAFE AT THE ELECTRIC THEATRE
April 24th ART THEMEN
A huge figure on the British jazz scene since the early 60’s, Art Themen has continued to work at the highest level both in the UK and on the International stage. A previous winner of the tenor saxophone category in the 2008 British Jazz Awards, this living legend of a tenor player is still regularly playing to appreciative audiences and we are delighted to welcome Art back as our guest to next month’s Jazz Cafe!
With David Beebee on piano and Martin Pyne on drums.
Early booking recommended.
“an immensely gifted saxophonist with a quirky, almost wilful originality.” Jazz: The Essential Companion
May 22nd GARETH WILLIAMS “Tony Bennett & Bill Evans: The Legendary Recordings”
June 26th ALEX CURTIS QUARTET feat DAVE O’HIGGINS
July 31st DEREK NASH
August 21st PAUL HIGGS “Shades of Miles”
September 25th STAN SULZMANN with KATE WILLIAMS
THE PAVILION AT GUILDFORD RUGBY CLUB
May 9th IAIN BALLAMY’S “MOLECATCHER” TRIO
ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy is recognised internationally as an outstanding and original musician and is one of the UK’s most widely acclaimed saxophonists and jazz composers. We are delighted to welcome Iain back to his home town of Guildford with his new trio, Molecatcher, featuring award winning young guitarist Rob Luft and Conor Chaplin on bass.
PLUS! Pre-gig masterclass with Iain (click here for more details)
June 13th FUNK NIGHT WITH THE LOIRE ALL STARS
July 11th SEASON FINALE – KAREN SHARP/STEVE WATERMAN QUINTET
JAZZ IN THE PARK at LOSELEY PARK
Bring a picnic and your favourite tipple, and rugs and chairs, and spread out on the lawns of the walled garden at Loseley Park for a fantastic evening of live jazz in aid of the bowel cancer charity GUTS.
The programme features the Director of the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, Pete Long and his Quintet, playing a fantastic new jazz arrangement of Holst’s The Planets, followed by his hugely popular tribute to the great “King of Swing” Benny Goodman, plus an opening set from the Farnham Big Band.
Early-bird tickets now on sale!
Click here for the full programme, tickets etc
2018 WOOD STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL
This summer Wood Street Village Green will once again be transformed into a vibrant, family-friendly jazz hub for the 2018 Wood Street Festival, in aid of Disability Challengers!
This year’s programme headlines with Sara Dowling, one of the most exciting new singers to emerge on the British Jazz scene, whose immensely emotional vocal style and range is reminiscent of the jazz greats Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day and Betty Carter! Her quintet also features Mark Crooks on alto sax, a soloist with the internationally acclaimed John Wilson Orchestra, as they revisit the 1961 album Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley.
There’s also the guitar duo of International World music artists Giorgio Serci and Pete Roth, and of course, the vibrant Somethin’ Else Big Band. So, with something for everyone, bring a picnic and rugs to spread out, and come and join us for an afternoon of great live jazz in the sun! More details 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 May 13th