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 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

Coming up…

September 26th Ken Peplowski

October 31st “And the Winner Is…” Duncan Lamont’s Jazz Journey Through the Oscars

November 28th Josephine Davies Quartet

December 12th Enrico Tomasso Quartet

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.

Ken Peplowski

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. He 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.

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

October 31st “And The Winner Is….”

Duncan Lamont’s Jazz Journey Through the Oscars

oscars-best-original-songJoin us on a jazz journey through the Best Song Oscar winners from the 1930s to the 2000s featuring the work of Barbara Streisand, Annie Lennox, Randy Newman and many others.

From Fred Astaire to “La La Land”, a mixture of familiar and not so familiar songs will be performed by renowned vocalist Jenny Howe (vocal coach on ITV’s “The Voice”) with new arrangements from woodwind player Duncan Lamont Jnr.

These are the songs that made movie history! Advance booking recommended…..

Jenny Howe- Vocals, Duncan Lamont Jnr.- Woodwind, John Crawford- Piano, Pete Callard- Guitar, Phil Hopkins- Drums/Harmonica, Marianne Windham- Bass

Duncan Lamont JnrPhotoAs a woodwind player Duncan Lamont Jnr has worked extensively in the West End, and has backed many well known singers, including Amy Winehouse, Natalie Cole, Barry White and Johnny Mathis, and worked for many years as part of Dame Shirley Bassey’s orchestra.

TV and film credits include the Judi Dench/Kate Winslet movie Iris, Ian McKellen’s Richard III, BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses, Eastenders and Yes, Prime Minister . Duncan performed in several series of BBC Radio 2’s Live from the Stables with the late Sir John Dankworth’s band and has also played with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, BBC Big Band, Mike Westbrook band and the BBC Concert Orchestra playing baritone sax and kazoo! As an arranger he has written for BBC programmes Over Here, Andrew Marr’s History Of Modern Britain, and the ever popular Strictly Come Dancing.

jenny_howe_1Jenny Howe joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a vocalist in 1992 and toured extensively with the band, appearing several times at Ronnie Scott’s and featuring on many of NYJO’s albums. After leaving NYJO, Jenny joined Shakatak on vocals. She subsequently recorded the main soundtrack for the film The Brylcreem Boys, and has been featured singing in films including Dream, Hot Gold and the James Ellroy film L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide.

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

November 28th Josephine Davies

Josephine Davies (tenor sax), John Turville (piano), Paul Clarvis (drums/percussion), Marianne Windham (bass)

“​A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes”​ ~ All About Jazz

Josephine is a saxophonist and composer at the forefront of the contemporary British jazz scene. Winner of the Perrier Young Jazz Award whilst studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she has continued to play and write for various ensembles including her own trio and quintet, and the London Jazz Orchestra.Josephine Davies 8 Rob Blackham
A great original voice on the UK Jazz Scene, Josephine Davies has already and worked and recorded with the likes of The London Jazz Orchestra, Ronnie Scott’s Vanguard Band (led by Gerard Presencer), Jamie Cullum, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, Sax Appeal, Will Young, The BBC Big Band, Matt Wates sextet, Gareth Lockrane’s GrooveYard as well as a two year stint in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Her new album PERSPECTIVE also demonstrates her great writing skill.

“A fluid, sumptuous sound” – Jazzwise; “ready wit and effortless groove” – Jazz Views

We are delighted to welcome Josephine as our featured artist for November’s Jazz Cafe, along with John Turville on piano and Paul Clarvis on drums.

John Turville is one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation, and has won multiple awards for his two trio albums including MOJO’s #3 Jazz Album of the Year (2012), and ‘Best Album’ in the Parliamentary Awards 2011. He also won ‘Best Instrumentalist’ in the 2010 London Jazz Awards and the 2009 PRS Promoter’s Choice Award, and was a semi-finalist in the Martial Solal Jazz Piano Concours in 2010. He is the principal jazz piano tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire and has coached and adjudicated ensembles at the Guildhall and Trinity College.

As one of the most requested session musicians in the country, Paul Clarvis brings his unique style to all musical genres. He has worked and recorded with musicians ranging from Mick Jagger, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Steve Swallow, Harrison Birtwhistle and John Dankworth to Paul McCartney, John Taylor and Moondog, as well as working with many London orchestras and being the late Leonard Bernstein’s preferred percussionist in London. He has played on numerous major feature films and is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, recently made an HonRAM.

Highly recommended!

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

December 12th Christmas Special: Enrico Tomasso Quartet

Enrico Tomasso (trumpet), John Pearce (piano), Bobby Worth (drums), Marianne Windham (bass)

Enrico Tomasso

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

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