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.
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. The music starts at 19.30pm , and the doors open from 18.00
Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online from the Electric Theatre website. 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
December 12th Christmas Special: Enrico Tomasso Quartet
Enrico Tomasso (trumpet), John Pearce (piano), Bobby Worth (drums), Marianne Windham (bass)
With an international reputation, Enrico Tomasso is considered one of today’s finest trumpeters, winning the British Jazz Awards for best trumpet several times, most recently in 2016.
Enrico started playing the trumpet at the age of five. His father, jazz clarinettist Ernie Tomasso, nurtured and encouraged his inherent talent and gave him every opportunity to hear and meet many jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, and the Basie and Ellington bands. His biggest inspiration was Louis Armstrong who he met and played for during Louis’ visit to Britain in 1968. This led to a correspondence and friendship until Louis’ death (you may have seen some of Enrico’s TV interviews about Louis).
He spent twelve years with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra followed by a long stint with Ray Gelato’s Giants. Having a wide stylistic range, he has a busy studio career, including working with Clare Teal, the film composer John Altman, and also Bryan Ferry, featuring both on the latter’s CD As Time Goes By, and with the Bryan Ferry Orchestra on the album The Jazz Age as well as the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s recent film adapation of The Great Gatsby (2013).
In reviewing the Enrico Tomasso Quartet’s 2012 album, Al Dente, The Observer’s Dave Gelly comments, “It is a mark of true distinction when a jazz trumpeter plays with such fluency and apparent ease that you listen to the music and not to the technique”.
An exciting stage presence and a lively personality, combined with Enrico’s fine command of his instrument and stylistic invention, place him among the finest jazz stars of today. We are delighted to welcome Enrico and his quartet for our Christmas Jazz Cafe!
“Tomasso is the swing trumpeter par excellence” – Peter Vacher, Jazzwise
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January 23rd Anita Wardell
“Anita Wardell, the UK-resident Australia-raised singer, has been one of the most engaging live performers on standard material over a decade.”
John Fordham, The Guardian
Award winning vocalist Anita Wardell, best known as an outstanding scat singer, is also a skilled writer and performer of vocalese, and a sensitive interpreter of standards and jazz originals. Steeped in the bebop tradition, Anita is a musician uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.
She was the recipient of a 2006 BBC Jazz Award, and a British Jazz award in 2016, and her artistry has inspired accolades from fellow singers like Mark Murphy, Roseanna Vitro and Kate McGarry.
With Robin Aspland on piano, one of the most accomplished pianists and accompanists in the UK, and the great Steve Brown on drums.
An outstanding evening of world class jazz in the intimate setting of the Jazz Cafe. Highly recommended!
February 27th Jimmy Hastings
Jimmy Hastings is a long standing member of the British jazz scene. He was famously part of the Humphrey Lyttleton Band and the John Dankworth Generation Band and over the years he has accompanied Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr., Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, and many other singers, and has also worked for Nelson Riddle, Robert Farnon, Henry Mancini and Benny Carter. On the jazz scene he has enjoyed spells with Red Rodney, Art Farmer, Bill Berry, Lanny Morgan, Billy Mitchell and Al Grey.
Jimmy also appeared on the rock scene, alongside brother Pye, as the fifth member of “Caravan”, appearing on all their early albums and occasionally on stage and at radio and TV sessions. The third record “In the Land Of Grey and Pink ” gathered a gold disc for the band. They have recently enjoyed great success at several revival concerts.
Jimmy is Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the London College of Music and was also Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth. Always aware of his own modest beginnings, he is keen to encourage aspiring young musicians whenever he can.
These days Jimmy is much in demand at all national jazz venues, either as a solo performer or with his own quartet and is a very popular visitor to Guildford. We are delighted to welcome Jimmy as our guest artist this month.
Early booking recommended!
March 27th Craig Milverton “Tribute to Oscar Peterson”
Craig Milverton is firmly established as one of Britain’s top jazz pianists. “A master of whatever he chooses to perform”, Humphrey Lyttleton, “An extravagantly gifted pianist with an unrivalled sense of swing” Dave Gelly. He has been recognised by winning the Jazz Piano Category of The British Jazz Awards in 2010.
In his latest project, ‘A Tribute To Oscar Peterson’ Craig pays homage to probably the greatest of all Jazz Pianists, and his biggest influence, Oscar Peterson. This show highlights all the great recordings of Oscar from his biggest hit ‘Tenderly’, to his best-selling Album ‘Night Train’ and also focuses on his great compositions including ‘The Canadiana Suite’ celebrating his homeland of Canada.
A must-see for all Peterson fans and anyone who loves jazz that swings!
Appearing with Craig are Dominic Ashworth on Guitar, winner of the Jazz Guitar Award in the 2006 British Jazz Awards, Nick Millward on Drums and Marianne Windham on double bass.
April 24th Art Themen
A huge figure on the British jazz scene since the early 60’s, Art Themen has continued to work at the highest level both in the UK and on the International stage. A previous winner of the tenor saxophone category in the 2008 British Jazz Awards, this living legend of a tenor player is still regularly playing to appreciative audiences.
Art first appeared on the jazz scene in the late 1950s. He became involved in the early London blues scene, playing alongside Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce, Mick Jagger and Chuck Berry, and fronted the Stan Tracey quartet for 20 years from 1976. He is influenced by Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Evan Parker and John Coltrane and has toured world wide and played and recorded with many US and British luminaries. We are delighted to welcome Art back as our guest to the Jazz Cafe! Early booking recommended.
“an immensely gifted saxophonist with a quirky, almost wilful originality.” Jazz: The Essential Companion