Wood Street Jazz Festival

Wood Street Jazz Festival

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Location: 34 Wood Street Green, Wood Street Village, Guildford GU3 3EU

The 2019 Wood Street Jazz Festival is on Sunday July 21st from 1pm-5pm in a large marquee on Wood Street Village Green, with a fantastic programme of live music, a bar serving Pimms and Real Ales from the Hogs Back Brewery, plenty of parking and a village green to spread out on. So bring chairs and tables, a picnic and a group of friends, and enjoy a wonderful afternoon in support of a our local charity Challengers.

Tickets are just £12 in advance, or £40 for a group of 4, (U18s free), with all the proceeds going to support Challengers, who provide vital play and leisure opportunities and parental support for local disabled children and young people. Tickets on sale soon!



Alan Barnes – sax, Bruce Adams – trumpet, Robin Aspland – piano, Clark Tracey – drums, Marianne Windham – bass

The headline act for the festival features an all star lineup lead by saxophonist Alan Barnes, a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. Alan’s unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz, and he has received over 25 British Jazz Awards and twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.

Trumpeter Bruce Adams is one the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers. He has worked with many of the great jazz names and as a special guest soloist with both the Scottish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Big Band, and his long-running musical partnership with Alan Barnes has produced many plaudits and acclaimed recordings. He has been a regular jazz poll-winner and with his spectacular range and power on the instrument has been in demand as a lead and jazz trumpet man.

With Robin Aspland on piano (Curtis Steigers, Stacey Kent, Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, BBC Big Band…) and Clark Tracey on drums (son of Stan Tracey – the Godfather of British Jazz –  Clark’s career has spanned three decades and he has worked with most of the most notable musicians in this country as well as countless visitors from abroad, as well as on TV, radio and film credits. He has recorded over 90 albums, 11 as leader, and performed in over 50 countries. He has been awarded “Best Drums” title three times in the British Jazz Awards and Ronnie Scott’s Award for “Best Drums” in 2007).


Simon Allen (sax), Tom Cawley (piano), Laurence Cottle (bass), Jack Thomas (drums)

Simon Allen is one of the most exciting saxophonists on the UK jazz scene. Stan Tracey CBE’s sideman for 8 years, and a member of Clark Tracey’s award winning Quintet for 7 years prior to that, Simon’s playing has been described as “joyously uninhibited” (Chris Parker). Simon’s playing has also been featured in the bands of Laurence Cottle, Steve Waterman, Don Weller, Alan Barnes, and many more, including pop stars Robbie Williams, Beverley Knight and Katie Melua. Simon is a regular at many UK jazz venues including Ronnie Scotts’ and the 606 jazz club, and he has toured the world with acts including Jamie Cullum, Colin Towns, Matthew Herbert and Gloria Gaynor. In 2014 Simon was appointed Head of Jazz at the prestigious Purcell School of Music.

“brings a searing urgency and an anthemic soul-jazzy heat”  The Guardian

Tom Cawley 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). He 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.

Laurence Cottle has been the bassist of choice for some of the biggest names in the entertainment business over a career stretching back thirty years. His remarkable and varied career has spanned gigs with top jazz players, recording for major Hollywood movie soundtracks, and session work with some of the biggest names in rock and pop.

Jack Thomas on drums is a student at the Purcell School of Music and a protegee of Simon Allen. At just 17 he’s a rising star to watch out for….




We are delighted to welcome the ever popular Somethin’ Else Big Band, led by MD Chris Green, to open this year’s Wood Street Festival, with their very special guest, award winning jazz vocalist GEORGIA MANCIO!