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.
JAZZ CAFE AT THE ELECTRIC THEATRE
June 26th ALEX CURTIS QUARTET feat DAVE O’HIGGINS
A celebration of local talent at the Jazz Cafe this month, with pianist Alex Curtis and his trio plus their special guest, award-winning saxophonist Dave O’Higgins.
July 31st DEREK NASH
August 21st PAUL HIGGS “Shades of Miles”
September 25th STAN SULZMANN with KATE WILLIAMS
THE PAVILION AT GUILDFORD RUGBY CLUB
July 11th SEASON FINALE: KAREN SHARP/STEVE WATERMAN QUINTET
A multi award-winning quintet to finish the season, featuring double British Jazz Award winners Karen Sharp on tenor sax, Steve Waterman on trumpet, Nigel Price on guitar , Winston Clifford on drums and Marianne Windham on bass
2018 WOOD STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL
This summer Wood Street Village Green will once again be transformed into a vibrant, family-friendly jazz hub for the 2018 Wood Street Festival, in aid of Disability Challengers!
This year’s programme 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….
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 July 8th