PROGRAMME

Friday March 20

SURREY YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR

7.30pm – 9.30pm

The opening concert of JAZZ FEST ’20 shines a spotlight on some of the best young jazz musicians from across Surrey. With performances from small ensembles to big bands, join us in celebrating the future of jazz!

Followed by late night Gin’n’Jazz in the bar.

Tickets £8/£6 Guildford Jazz Members/£4 Students /U16s free

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Saturday March 21

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BRUNCH

11.30am-12.30pm

Start your jazz day , not with an egg but a whole scrumptious, Deep South, American style brunch, with live New Orleans Dixie Jazz from clarinet maestro Duncan Batchelor and his quartet.

Choose between:

  • Standard Full Brunch  £7 (Hickory Smoked bacon, Eggs as you like ’em, Sausages and Sour dough toast)
  • Vegetarian Full Brunch  £7 (Smashed Avocado, Scrambled egg, Smoked Salmon and Sour dough toast )

With extras available on the side!

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Tickets £7

NICOLAS MEIER WORLD GROUP

12.30pm – 1.45pm

Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more – all mixed with jazz – virtuoso guitarist Nicolas Meier is one of the rising stars in a vibrant British jazz scene. Also featuring Demi Garcia on percussion, Richard Jones on violin and Kevin Glasgow on bass.

“An unconditional must for connoisseurs of Jazz-World Fusion…completely wholeheartedly recommended!” – Adam Baruch

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/nicolas-meier-world-group/

Tickets £12/£10 Guildford Jazz Members/£6 Students

Additional option: NEW ORLEANS BRUNCH (above) £7

COME AND SING JAZZ!

1.45pm – 4.15pm

An afternoon jazz singing workshop led by the inspirational musical director and internationally recognised choir leader, Pete Churchill. Songs will be taught by ear, so no sight-singing skills are required and the workshop is open to all, from the novice to the experienced choir singer. Followed by a performance of the workshop songs as part of the Pete Churchill’s concert at 5.15pm

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/comeandsingjazz/ 

Tickets (includes workshop and admission to Pete Churchill concert) £15/£13 Guildford Jazz Members/£7.50 Students

Audience member tickets for the concert are available separately.

Additional option:  Cream Tea (served from 3 to 5.30pm) £5

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/festival-food-and-drink/

DENNIS ROLLINS VELOCITY TRIO

2.15pm – 3.30pm

Simmering jazz, funk and world music roller coaster from the renowned trio of Trombonist Dennis Rollins (MBE),  Hammond organ virtuoso Ross Stanley and the ever-creative Will Creasby on drums.

“Infectiously accessible, playful jazz” – John Fordham, The Guardian

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/dennis-rollins-velocity-trio/

Tickets £12/£10 Guildford Jazz Members/£6 Students

Additional option: Cream Tea (served from 3 to 5.30pm) £5

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/festival-food-and-drink/

SANDY BURNETT “THE AGE OF JAZZ”

4pm – 5pm

Broadcaster Sandy Burnett presents a talk on the history of the early years of jazz from its beginnings through to the start of the Second World War, with illustrations from early pre-impressions by Maurice Ravel and the very earliest jazz recordings through to classics by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the dawn of the Swing Era.

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/the-age-of-jazz/

Tickets £12/£10 Guildford Jazz Members/£6 Students

Additional option: Cream Tea (served from 3pm to 5.30pm) £5

PETE CHURCHILL SINGS JAZZ

5.15pm – 6.15pm

A joyful hour with the renowned jazz vocalist and pianist Pete Churchill, as he demonstrates just how much “good songs don’t need to be diluted, revamped or arranged to death – they will sing themselves if you let them”. With a guest appearance from the JazzFest Choir.

More details:  www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/pete-churchill/

Tickets £10/£8 Guildford Jazz Members/£5 Students

Additional option: Cream Tea (served from 3 to 5.30pm) £5

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/festival-food-and-drink/

IAIN BALLAMY IN CONCERT: 21ST CENTURY PASTORAL

8.15pm

Featuring IAIN BALLAMY (SOLOIST) with the GUILDHALL BIG BAND Directed by SCOTT STROMAN

The Festival headline act features ECM recording artist and internationally recognised saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy, playing big band arrangements of a broad selection of his work from over the last thirty years of his career. With arrangements by Malcolm Edmonstone, Head of Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and performed with the Guildhall Big Band under the directorship of Scott Stroman.

7.30pm

Pre concert talk: Iain Ballamy in conversation with Bill Bruford

Iain Ballamy is joined on stage by the club’s patron Bill Bruford, the legendary drummer from Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, to chat about Earthworks, tonight’s concert, and life in between.

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/iain-ballamy/

Tickets £22/£20 Guildford Jazz Members/£11 Students

Sunday March 22

ALAN BARNES/DAVE NEWTON DUO

12pm– 1.15pm

Sax player and jazz impresario Alan Barnes and award winning pianist David Newton have been playing duets together for over 40 years. Expect a hugely entertaining programme of straight ahead jazz flawlessly played and interspersed with lots of anecdotes! Coffee and pastries will be available in the foyer beforehand, served from 11am.

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/alan-barnes-dave-newton-duo/

Tickets £14/£12 Guildford Jazz Members/£7 Students

Additional option: CREOLE JAZZ LUNCH (served from 1.15 to 1.45pm) £8

Enjoy the authentic taste of Creole with a chicken and chorizo (or vegetable) Jambalaya with rice and side salad – it’s spicy, hearty, and incredibly flavourful, just like our jazz duo! More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/festival-food-and-drink/

THE MAGIC OF MANCINI with the

NIGHTINGALE/BARNES/WATERMAN ALL-STAR SEXTET 

2pm – 3.15pm

A tribute to the music of the great Henry Mancini, considered to be one of the greatest composers in the history of film, from a sextet featuring some of the finest jazz players in the UK, fronted by multi-award winning line-up of internationally acclaimed jazz soloist Mark Nightingale on trombone, Alan Barnes on sax, and Steve Waterman on trumpet, supported by Gareth Williams on piano (“a jewel of a player!” – Jazziz, USA), Guildford Jazz’s own Marianne Windham on bass, and the renowned Clark Tracey on drums.

More details: wwwguildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/the-magic-of-mancini/

Tickets £16/£14 Guildford Jazz Members/£8 Students

Additional option: CREOLE JAZZ LUNCH (served from 1.15 to 1.45pm)

Enjoy the authentic taste of Creole with a Chicken and Chorizo (or Vegetable) Jambalaya with Rice and Side salad – overflowing with the tastes of Louisiana, it’s hearty and incredibly flavourful, just like our All-star Sextet!

Choose between:

Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya  £8

Louisiana Vegetarian Jambalaya  £8

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/festival-food-and-drink/

STEAMBOAT BILL, Jr. (1929, Buster Keaton film classic)

3.45pm – 5pm

One of Buster Keaton’s masterpieces, in a beautiful new restoration and featuring live accompaniment from Gareth Williams, one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists.

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/steamboat-bill/

Tickets £8/£6 Guildford Jazz Members/£4 Students

LATIN JAZZ SALSA with HEADS SOUTH

5.30pm – 6.45pm

Superb Latin Jazz combining Cuban and other Latin rhythms with distinctive melodies in an exhilarating repertoire of original and classic tunes. Think Buena Vista Social Club in a smaller package, and bring your dancing shoes!

More details: www.guildfordjazz.org.uk/guildford-jazz-fest-20/latin-jazz-salsa/

Tickets £16/£14 Guildford Jazz Members/£8 Students