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.

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…

February 27th Jimmy Hastings

March 27th Craig Milverton “Tribute to Oscar Peterson”

April 24th Art Themen

February 27th Jimmy Hastings

Jimmy Hastings – sax, John Pearce – piano, Marianne Windham – bass, drums Trevor Tomkins


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.

Tickets are £14 from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here.

March 27th Craig Milverton “Tribute to Oscar Peterson”

Craig Milverton – piano , Dominic Ashworth – guitar , Nick Millward – drums, Marianne Windham – bass

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.

Tickets are £14 from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here

April 24th Art Themen

Art Themen – tenor and soprano sax, David Beebee – piano, Martin Pyne – drums, Marianne Windham – bass

Art Themen 2014A 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.

Tickets are £14 from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here

“an immensely gifted saxophonist with a quirky, almost wilful originality.” Jazz: The Essential Companion