Electric Theatre

From January 2013, the Electric Theatre in Guildford has been  hosting a monthly Jazz Cafe evening in the welcoming and intimate setting of the Cafe Bar. Our guests have included some of the best jazz musicians in the country, many internationally renowned, including Dave O’Higgins, Mark Nightingale, Martin Shaw, Karen Sharp, Art Themen, Laura Jurd, Simon Allen, Georgia Mancio, Brigitte Beraha, Jim Mullen and many others.

Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444333 or online from  www.electrictheatre.co.uk. The theatre is very close to the train station in Guildford and there’s parking very nearby in the Bedford Road or Portsmouth Road Car Parks.

Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ

Seating is cabaret style, and intimate, and you’re welcome to bring your own supper or snacks. If you want to reserve a table as a group just let the box office know when you book.Coming up…

The music starts at 19.30pm , and the doors open from 18.00

Wednesday June 28th Midsummer Jazz Cafe with Martin Shaw

July 25th Fini Bearman

August 15th Lee Goodall

September 26th Ken Peplowski


Wednesday June 28th Midsummer Jazz Cafe with Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw (trumpet/flugelhorn), Dave Newton (piano), Sebastiaan de Krom (drums), Marianne Windham (double bass)

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Join us for a very special midsummer midweek Jazz Cafe with a world-class lineup, as top UK jazz trumpeter MARTIN SHAW is joined by multi-award winning jazz pianist DAVE NEWTON and Jamie Cullums’ drummer SEBASTIAAN DE KROM , to play music from the repertoire of the great jazz trumpet legends, including Miles Davies, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Louis Armstrong, and many more.

One of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, Martin Shaw is in demand for both live performances and studio dates. And although numbering the likes of Louis Armstrong, Freddie Hubbard, Blue Mitchell, and Miles Davis as his influences, he’s equally at home playing trumpet and flugelhorn in a pop or classical setting.

A graduate of Royal Academy of Music and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Martin returned to London to finish his studies at the Guildhall School of Music with a postgraduate course in jazz and studio music.

The University of Central England in Martin’s native Birmingham appointed him professor of Jazz Trumpet in 2001 and he continues to tutor the next generation of would-be trumpeters, playing and touring extensively in his own right as well as having worked with many leading jazz artists including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Dick Morrisey, Steve Waterman, Tim Garland and numerous big bands including the BBC Big Band.

Along with session and T.V. work Martin still finds time to perform with classical ensembles and in West End shows and has also recorded, performed live and toured extensively with various pop artists including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole, Jools Holland, Gorillaz, Paul Young and the Brand New Heavies.

We are also thrilled to welcome Dave Newton on piano and Sebastian De Krom on drums.

David NewtonDavid Newton has been on the jazz scene in excess of 30 years and in that time has gained an international reputation as a highly original, engaging artist with an instinctive rhythmic and melodic feel for jazz which has made him not only popular with his peers and audiences but also amongst vocalists as their favoured accompanist. Those have included Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin, and Stacey Kent with whom he toured all over the world for ten years and accompanied her on the journey from student to a highly successful international artist. David Newton’s early childhood influences of Peterson, Garner and Tatum are clearly evident in his playing today with his naturally engaging ability for solo and trio playing. He has an ability to truly improvise and arrange on the spot, taking his listeners on a vivid musical journey utilizing his overriding melodic sense and infectious feel. A graduate of Leeds College of Music he moved to London in the early eighties quickly teaming up with jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, and saxophonists Don Weller and Alan Barnes, and touring with Buddy De Franco. Voted “Best Jazz Pianist” in the British Jazz Awards at least 14 times, his music can also be heard on many television productions, especially in the US where over twenty TV films benefit from his haunting themes.

Sebastiaan de Krom is one of the UK’s top jazz drummers. He studied at Berklee College of Music followed by a Masters Degree at New England Conservatory and in 1995 he won the prestigious Buddy Rich Award. From 1997-1999 he was the drummer for the renowned Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Performance program, and during his international career he has worked and recorded with many of the world’s top jazz musicians and vocalists, including several years touring with Jamie Cullum.

Tickets are £14 from the Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444333 or online here


July 25th Fini Bearman

Fini Bearman (vocals), Tom Cawley (piano), Dave Hamblett (drums), Marianne Windham (double bass).

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‘Possesses something of the rhythmic freedom of Gretchen Parlato… What impresses most is the overall sweep of the album, which pulls you into a sound world all of its own.’
Peter Quinn, Jazzwise magazine

London Jazz Singer of the Year nominee Fini Bearman is a London based vocalist and composer whose music melds influences as diverse as jazz, blues, Brazilian, and contemporary into an arresting and uniquely personal sound.

Fini has been inspired by composers from Stevie Wonder to Kurt Rosenwinkel and Wayne Shorter. Following the success of her “Porgy and Bess Revisited” album in 2014, her latest album ‘Burn the Boat’ released in October 2016 explores original songs in an acoustic, intimate setting, and has already received much praise from peers and critics including a 4* ‘Recommended’ review from Jazzwise.

.. (Fini) has an irresistible voice… She is an expressive singer, and an intriguing composer and lyricist…’ Bruce Lindsay, allaboutjazz.com

‘Fini has a rare sense of melody running through her eclectic compositions, full of catchy twists and turns. Her voice, effortlessly moving between a light precision and a warm soulfulness is unmistakably her own…’ Liam Noble

We are very pleased to also welcome Tom Cawley on piano, and Dave Hamblett on drums, with Marianne Windham on double bass.

Winner of the Young Jazz Musician of the Year award in 1998, Tom Cawley has gone on to play all over the world and led bands in residencies at the Blue Note club (New York) and Ronnie Scott’s (London). Has has been instrumental in shaping the unique sound of the genre-bending iconoclasts Acoustic Ladyland, as well as writing and arranging songs with Gwyneth Herbert and also leading his much-acclaimed group Curios, a vehicle for Tom’s original music. The album Hidden made a startling impact on the jazz scene, winning a nomination as Best Album in the BBC Jazz Awards and reaching the top five in both the HMV and Radio 3 Jazz Charts.

Dave Hamblett has performed across the UK and internationally with artists including Ivo Neame, Snowpoet, Elchin Shirinov, Abram Wilson, Escape Hatch, George Garzone and Kenny Wheeler.

Highly recommended!

Tickets are £14 from the Box Office on 01483 444789 or online here


August 15th Lee Goodall

Lee Goodall (saxes), David Beebee (piano), Alex Eberhard (drums), Marianne Windham (double bass)

Lee GoodallLee Goodall is a talented multi instrumentalist whose main instruments are soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, flute and bass flute!

Composing has been a large part of his life and he has worked as a composer for the BBC on projects including the radio plays “Waiting for Concord” and “Clara”.

He lived and played in New York, USA for many years (1979-1985) performing with a great variety of line ups and recorded and toured with Van Morrison for two years (2000-2002) as well as appearing on several of Van’s CDs . He also recorded with Pete Brown, the great Kirk Lightsey, James Chadwick, and as part of Keith Tippet’s “Tapestry” orchestra. Lee is a visiting tutor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and on a number of jazz summer schools and was voted most popular jazz saxophonist in Wales in 2009.

Tickets are £14 from the Box Office on 01483 444789.


September 26th Ken Peplowski

Ken Peplowski (reeds), Craig Milverton (piano), Nick Millward (drums), Marianne Windham (double bass)

We are delighted to welcome the celebrated American clarinet star Ken Peplowski to the Jazz Cafe for an evening of joyful, mainstream swing, with “Britain’s answer to Oscar Peterson” Craig Milverton on piano, Marianne Windham on double bass and the dynamic Nick Milward on Drums.

Clarinettist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski learned how to improvise as a child in a Polish polka band in Cleveland, Ohio, not in a jazz basement in Chicago or New York. Maybe the experience sharpened both his musical reactions and his sense of humour, because he has been one of the most popular jazz-playing entertainers on the mainstream-to-bebop circuit for more than three decades.

After a year of college, Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. “Buddy heard me with my quartet at a Cleveland jazz festival along with Teddy Wilson’s trio and the Dorsey band, and made an offer right then and there for me to not only play lead alto, but to have a feature spot on the clarinet with the rhythm section. It was a great ‘road-school’ – we learned the discipline that goes with playing one-nighters every day for 48 weeks out of the year, and Buddy was a great, very generous bandleader.”

Peplowski met Sonny Stitt while on the road with the Dorsey band, and studied with him. “He was, and is, an inspiration to all of of us who make a living ‘on the road’ – I’ve never heard anybody play with such amazing consistency as Sonny, through all kinds of settings.”

He learned to play clarinet in the richly melodic style of Benny Goodman and the veteran Goodman even hired his young clarinet heir when he came out of retirement to tour in 1984. Ken has played on Woody Allen movie soundtracks, on recordings with Peggy Lee and many more.

Now one of the worlds greatest reed players he says ‘ I love all kinds of music, if something interests me I try to put my own spin on it without thinking or worrying about playing in a particular style. Basically I like a challenge, I’m a sucker for a good melody and I love playing for audiences big or small’.

“Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinettist” Russell Davies, BBC2

We are also delighted to welcome Craig Milverton on piano for his first visit tot he Jazz Cafe. Craig began performing in public as a 10 year old, turning professional at 21. In 1989 played a monthly residency in Zurich with Roger Marks Quartet and from 1992 to 1995 he was with the Pete Allen Jazz Band touring regularly across Europe. From 1995 to 1998 played in Terry Lightfoot’s Band and joined Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen in 1997. Few British pianists have Craig’s thorough knowledge and grasp of jazz styles and he is very much in demand as a solo pianist or as skilled accompanist to star vocalists such as Stacey Kent and Tina May whilst his trios are regularly asked to back visiting American soloists at festivals and venues across the country.

Nick Millward on drums, given his first drum kit at age five and later was soon inspired by the likes of Gene Krupa and in particular, Buddy Rich. He turned professional when joining the Pete Allen Jazz Band with whom he played for five years, then was with Terry Lightfoot’s Band before joining the Kenny Ball Band in 1999. Nick is also a member of Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen and the Bateman Brothers Jazz Band.