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.
September 6th Jazz Cafe
Steve Waterman Trio
Steve Waterman is undoubtedly one of Britain’s top jazz trumpet players. Winner of numerous BBC British jazz awards over the years, he has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene with a host of national and internationally renowned musicians and continues to dazzle club and festival audiences up and down the country with his playing.
He has a unique ability to inflect his improvisations with contemporary and older styles of trumpet playing, blending a huge range from the traditions of trumpet playing and has released albums that celebrate Buddy Bolden, the ‘first’ jazz musician as well as deeply contemporary work.
One of the great trumpeters of the last twenty years. Do not miss.
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.
Summer Charity Fundraisers
A huge thanks to everyone who came to our two summer charity fund-raisers this year! The Wood Street Jazz Festival raised a fantastic £3,500 for Challengers, and our gloriously sunny Jazz in The Park afternoon at Loseley in aid of GUTS also raised over £3,000!
There are some great photos from Wood Street here, and some from Loseley coming soon….
Guildford Jazz Jam
The monthly jam sessions are back! Starting Sunday September 11th we’re going to be at the Merry Harriers in Hambledon (More….)