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.
SUNDAY JULY 22nd WOOD STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL
LAST CALL FOR EARLY BIRD TICKETS!
This year’s Wood Street Jazz Festival 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 with their special guests Nigel Price and Andrew Cleyndert
More details here….
JAZZ CAFE AT THE ELECTRIC THEATRE
July 31st DEREK NASH QUARTET
An evening of the best of swinging modern mainstream jazz, infused with catchy melodies and infectious rhythms, fronted by one of the most popular and versatile saxophonists in the UK, with a rhythm section featuring the fantastic Graham Harvey on piano (Incognito, Sax Appeal, Stacey Kent…), Alex Eberhard on drums and Marianne Windham on bass.
“Derek Nash is not only a superb player, he has a stage presence that enthuses both his audience and his fellow musicians.” (Jazzin’ Around)
August 21st PAUL HIGGS “Shades of Miles”
September 25th STAN SULZMANN with KATE WILLIAMS
October 23rd PETE OXLEY & NICOLAS MEIER
November 27th ALAN BARNES with PHIL DEGREG
THE PAVILION AT GUILDFORD RUGBY CLUB
September 12th ANDREW CLEYNDERT QUARTET with ALEXANDRA RIDOUT
October 10th BEN HOLDER with JULIAN STRINGLE
November 7th KAREN SHARP/STEVE WATERMAN QUINTET
December 19th ALAN BARNES OCTET “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” at St John’s
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 August 12th