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 run on a Tuesday night.
The next couple of gigs are listed below and click here for the latest news on the 2016 Jazz Festival.
August 9th Jazz Cafe
Duncan Lamont: In Conversation and Performance
Saxophonist Duncan Lamont has had a remarkable career in the music business. He has worked with most of the iconic performers from the world of jazz and popular music, from Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr., Benny Carter, Gil Evans, Ella Fitzgerald to Paul McCartney and beyond.
For our summer Jazz Cafe, Duncan will be in conversation with his musician son, Duncan Lamont Jnr., talking about his career and the many stellar talents he has worked with, and performing music associated with these key figures in his life. We look forward to seeing you for a unique evening of anecdotes and music!
14th August Loseley Park
Jazz on a Summer’s Evening
The fantastic walled garden at Loseley Park will once again be the setting for an evening of jazz with the quintet of trumpet legend Digby Fairweather and Julian
Marc Stringle, and the George Abbott School Big Band, in aid of the bowel cancer charity GUTS.
Bring your folding chairs and rugs, a picnic and a favourite tipple or two, and get ready for an evening of top class live jazz in this beautiful garden.
14th September The Pavilion
Mark Crooks Quintet Plays… Johnny Mandel
An evening with the gifted, award-winning saxophone and clarinet player Mark Crooks and his Quintet, dedicated to the wonderful music of Johnny Mandel, the brilliant composer and arranger. From Oscar-winning movie scores to world famous songs, from orchestrations for Sinatra and Streisand, to TV themes and award-winning songs, Johnny Mandel is a real musician’s musician.
Expect familiar melodies like Emily and The Shadow of Your Smile, ballads like Close Enough For Love and You Are There, and a few lesser known jazz pieces like Groover Wailin’ and Keester Parade.
Wood Street Jazz Festival 2016… and 2017!
Thank you to everyone who came this year’s Festival, which raised a fantastic £3,500 for Challengers!
There are some great photos of the afternoon here, with thanks to Paul Miller.
Next year’s Festival is on 18th June!
Guildford Jazz Jam
We’re hoping to restart the monthly jam sessions in the Autumn! More soon….