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.
12th October The Pavilion
A Tribute to Toots Thielemans – Phil Hopkins Quartet
The legendary Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans pioneered the chromatic harmonica as a solo jazz instrument and his career encompassed the best of jazz and latin music from the past sixty years. Following his recent death in August this special tribute gig from the fantastic harmonica of Phil Hopkins will feature new arrangements of music Toots performed with jazz greats from Charlie Parker to Quincy Jones, and will re-visit Toots’ groundbreaking collaborations with giants of Brazilian music such as Ivan Lins and Caetano Veloso.
October 21-23rd University of Surrey Jazz Conference:
“Miles Davis and John Coltrane at 90: Retrospect and Prospect”
A major conference devoted to Jazz at the University of Surrey from 21st to 23rd October 2016, focussing on the music and legacy of jazz giants Miles Davis and John Coltrane both of whom would have celebrated their 90th birthdays this year.
As part of the conference, a Sunday lunchtime concert paying tribute to the music of Miles Davis from the Steve Waterman Quartet, from Miles’ early years in the Be Bop era through to the innovative recordings of The Birth Of The Cool and Kind Of Blue and to the classic recordings of the legendary sixties quintet, and finally touching on some of the fusion based recordings of the seventies and eighties. More details….
The concert will be preceded by a free workshop with Steve Waterman which will be based on the seminal Miles album, Kind of Blue. Click here for more information on the workshop.
October 25th Jazz Cafe
Singer Sarah Moule’s music has genuine roots in the jazz tradition. The set features earthy blues and sensual reworkings of classic songs together with new songs from acclaimed songwriters Simon Wallace and the late Fran Landesman that has been described by critics on both sides of the Atlantic as belonging to the latest chapter of the Great American Songbook.
Sarah was the featured vocalist with the John Wilson Orchestra for 6 years, and her latest last CD, ‘Songs From The Floating World’, garnered 5 stars in The Observer on its release and was warmly praised in the jazz press.
Guildford Jazz Jam
Thanks to everyone who came to the first jam session at the Merry Harriers in Hambledon in September! The sessions will run on the 2nd Sunday of the month and the next is on Sunday 9th October (More….)