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 and our guests have included some of the best jazz musicians in the country, many internationally renowned.

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

Coming up…

January 29th Latin Jazz Café with Quinto!

February 26th Screen Sirens with Sue Richardson

March 19th Tony Woods

April 30th Sara Dowling and Nigel Price


January 29th Latin Jazz Café with Quinto!

A sizzling evening of Latin Jazz to start the 2019 season at the Jazz Cafe!

Quinto play the rhythms of Brazil and Cuba with a Jazzy vibe, and their show includes classics such as Brazil, Mas Que Nada and songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim,  as well as some originals.

“Very entertaining, very lively and tons of energy to get you moving”

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Portugese-born RAUL D’OLIVERA (trumpet/vocals/percussion) has worked with such artists as Roberto Pla, Soundino de Londres, Daniel Ponce, George Michael, Gil Evans, Sting, Elton John, Wham!, Mike Oldfield, Gary Moore, Joe Jackson, Petula Clark, Joan Armatrading, Kula Shaker, Wet Wet Wet, Blow monkeys, Gloria Gaynor, Terence Trent D’Arby and Marvin Gaye!

Raul’s insatiable stage presence is matched only by his extraordinary skill on the trumpet and flugelhorn, with an authentic and charismatic sound which inspires musicians and audience alike.

TERRY SEABROOK (piano) started his career in 1980 with HIPNOSIS and in 1985 started touring Europe and the Middle East with US Jazz singer Joe Lee Wilson. On the Latin scene Terry has worked with Robin Jones, Snowboy and La Clave as well as Pucho and Bernard Purdy. He is very active in music education and has also recently toured the UK on a Jazz Services scheme with his ensemble Milestones which is a tribute to Miles Davis.

With over 30 years of playing and teaching experience, TRISTAN BANKS (drums) has worked as a recording artist and session musician building a reputation as a knowledgeable, versatile and authentic world-class drummer and percussionist. Studying Brazilian Music in Rio, Recife and Sao Paulo and Jazz Music in NYC and Los Angeles, Tristan has worked with many artists covering a wide field of musical genres including Roy Ayers, Bobby Wellins, Idris Mohammed, David Gilmour, Marcos Valle, Carleen Anderson, Jim Mullen, Pete King, Guy Barker and Liane Carroll.

Advance booking highly recommended!

Tickets £15 from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here


February 26th Screen Sirens with Sue Richardson

Sue Richardson and the Screen Sirens show – a musical celebration of the golden age of Hollywood. A night to don your glad rags & enjoy a musical soiree at the movies, in the company of international artist Sue Richardson, her band & the screen idols from Hollywood’s glamorous heyday.

Sue Richardson 2Sue brings a cast of beautiful, tempestuous women to life, including some of the movie industry’s top leading ladies from the first talkies through to the technicolor 1950s, including Ginger Rogers, Marlene Dietrich, Betty Davis, Judy Garland, Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Carmen Miranda, Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day

Meet both the beauties & the beasts & the popular Oscar winning songs which helped to make them famous – from films such as Gentlemen prefer Blondes, Top Hat, Breakfast at Tiffany’s & The Wizard of Oz.

Tickets £15 from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here


March 19th Tony Woods

A very welcome return to the Jazz Cafe from acclaimed alto saxophonist Tony Woods!

“a deceptively reserved player with all kinds of hidden fires… full of surprises”
John Fordham, The Guardian
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A graduate of Leeds College of Music and The Guildhall School of Music, Tony Woods received awards for saxophone, outstanding performance and the soloist’s prize at the Dunkirk International Jazz Festival. Tony recorded three highly acclaimed albums of original, folk inspired compositions with his group Project and later formed the Avalon Trio with Pete Churchill to explore the possibilities of improvising on English classical music, releasing the debut album “Forlana” in 2011 to great critical acclaim.

Tony has also performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. He has worked as a session musician in many of London’s studios and has frequently performed with Michael Garrick, both live and on disc, in large and small ensembles, often with his wife: singer Nette Robinson. In 2010 Nette’s Little Big Band released its debut CD “The Little Big Band Plays” and more recently the debut album “Seventh Daze” from Kwartet, Tony’s collaboration with long time musical associate Tim Whitehead, has been released to great reviews.

Tickets £15 from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here


April 30th Sara Dowling and Nigel Price

An evening in the company of one of the most exciting new singers to emerge on the British Jazz scene SARA DOWLING with multi-award winning jazz guitarist NIGEL PRICE.

Sara Dowling

Sara Dowling demonstrates an expansive vocal range with an immense interchangeable emotional tone, reminiscent of the jazz greats Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day and Betty Carter. At a young age her environment played a significant influence in her musical journey, swaying between her father’s record collection of Erroll Garner, Wynton Kelly and Bud Powell to the haunting melodies blaring from her mother’s radio of the great Arabic chanteuse Fairuz.

Trained as a cellist (with accolades including performances for Yo Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, and a concerto performance with the Halle Orchestra), she re-emerged as a singer in 2009 and her 2015 debut album ‘From Shadows into Light’received a 5-star review from Jazz Journal (“A vocal with timeless quality”) and album of the month from Jazz Views (“A remarkable tone of voice”). A true star in the making!

nigelpricetrio-15Winner of “Best Guitarist” in the 2016 British Jazz Awards, NIGEL PRICE is one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today. He combines a great sound and a dazzlingly technique and his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues feeling and mastery of chording has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences.

Nigel spent three years with UK funk legends The James Taylor Quartet and his renowned Organ Trio won the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “best jazz ensemble”. In addition to a heavy touring schedule he is also a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, where he has played over 400 times!

“Sheer brilliance…. Price is a dynamic live performer.” Dave Gelly, The Observer ****

Tickets £15 from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here