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 currently run two gigs a month. We’re delighted to have found a new permanent home for the club, held on the second Wednesday of the month at Guildford Rugby Club, which has turned out to be a perfect space and location for the club. Our other monthly gig is the very popular Jazz Cafe night at the Electric Theatre in the heart of Guildford, which is normally held on a Tuesday night.
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JAZZ IN THE PARK at LOSELEY Sunday August 20th feat. “EMBRACEABLE ELLA” with Joanna Eden
WOOD STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL Sunday July 16th feat. BYRON WALLEN!
The Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club
12th April DAVE O’HIGGINS/JUDITH O’HIGGINS
“His’n’Hers” – the Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis Project
Dave O’Higgins is a hugely popular and well-known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded 13 albums as leader with various line-ups. He has twice won Best Tenor Sax in the British Jazz Awards, and his powerful, driving sax style has been a feature of the scene for over 25 years, performing with everyone from Cleo Laine to Frank Sinatra.
“exceptional fluency.. one of Britain’s finest musicians” (The Observer)
“His’n’Hers” pits Mr and Mrs O’Higgins against each other in the good humoured tradition of the great Johnny Griffin – Eddie Lockjaw Davis group, with some of the best arrangements borrowed from that repertoire, too! Although the two tenors were of different temperaments both musically and emotionally their ideas complemented and enhanced one another.
Expect swinging straight ahead tough tenors in the time-honoured tradition!
With David Beebee on piano, Alex Eberhard on drums and Marianne Windham on double bass.
WORKSHOP WITH DAVE O’HIGGINS before the gig on 12th April – from 5.30pm, open to all instrumentalists. More details…
10th May Nigel Price Trio
Jazz Cafe at the Electric Theatre
April 25th PETE OXLEY/NICOLAS MEIER QUARTET
An unique opportunity to hear Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier, two absolute masters of the guitar, with music from their latest album ,”The Colours of Time”.
Expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America to English pastoralism, played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12-string, fretless, slide, synth, glissentar guitars and more!
“When it comes to empathy, this duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection… Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or even jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll probably fall for this”. The Observer *****
“In the course of a dozen pieces the array of changing sounds, moods and textures they create is gorgeous, fascinating and apparently endless.“ – Dave Gelly (The Guardian)
May 23rd JO FOOKS QUARTET
The hard-swinging warm-toned tenor and flute player, Jo Fooks, often compared to Stan Getz and Zoot Simms, is our featured artist for the Jazz Cafe in May.
“I make no apology for singing her praises here. A brilliantly inventive player and composer…” Humphrey Lyttelton on Radio 2 “Best of Jazz”
2017 WOOD STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL
Sunday July 16th
Yes, it’s back!
The Wood Street Festival this year features world-class trumpeter BYRON WALLEN and a celebration the classic soulful “Blue Note” jazz era of the 1950s and 1960s.
And of course there’ll be The Somethin’ Else Big Band, Thai food, real ales, Pimms and a wonderful afternoon of great live jazz, all in support of the great work of Disability Challengers.
JAZZ IN THE PARK at LOSELEY
Sunday August 20th
Our fantastic summer’s Jazz in the Park in aid of GUTS fighting bowel cancer, features Joanna Eden’s “Embraceable Ella” tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with Chris Ingham trio and Paul Higgs on trumpet.
Early booking recommended!
Guildford Jazz Jam
The monthly jam sessions at the Merry Harriers in Hambledon are held on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The next is on Sunday 9th April. Musicians and listeners in are very welcome! (More….)