PROGRAMME

The full programme listing for Guildford Jazz Fest ’20, from Friday March 20th to Sunday March 22nd 2020. Each event has links to find out more details, and to the Electric Theatre online bookings system. Please email info@guildfordjazz.org.uk if you have any queries.

Thanks to our media partner BBC Surrey Radio for our recent interview about the Jazz Festival:

Weekend and Day Passes

A weekend or day pass will give you the best value access to all the music events. A Saturday pass is £60 (£50 for Guildford Jazz Members) , a Sunday pass is £40 (£35 for Guildford Jazz Members) or a weekend pass is £90 (£80 for Guildford Jazz Members).

Once you’ve bought your pass, you book seats for the events you wish to attend, by clicking on the “book now” links on each event below. Then just select the “Guildford Jazzfest – Seat Booking for pass holder” option which means you won’t be charged for the event when you check out. Please note that the Saturday New Orleans Brunch, the Cream tea, and the Sunday Creole Jazz Lunch are NOT included in the weekend pass and must be purchased separately.

Click below to book your weekend pass, and click here for more information about the weekend’s food options. If you have any queries please contact us by emailing info@guildfordjazz.org.uk

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SURREY YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR

Friday 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!

The full lineup will be announced after 15th January.

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

Tickets £8/£6 Guildford Jazz Members/£4 Students /U16s free (free for Weekend pass holders but follow the link below to book seats for this event)

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GIN’n’JAZZ in the BAR

Friday 9.30pm to 11pm

Relax with friends in the bar with a drink and and some live jazz piano as the opening evening of the Festival draws to a close.

Free entry. No pre-booking necessary

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BRUNCH

Saturday 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!

Click here for more details, or book tickets here (please note this event is not included in the weekend/day passes):

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NICOLAS MEIER WORLD GROUP

Saturday 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

Tickets £12/£10 Guildford Jazz Members/£6 Students (free for Weekend or Saturday pass holders but follow the link below to book seats for this event)

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+ New Orleans Jazz Brunch

Enjoy a NEW ORLEANS BRUNCH beforehand! See above for details or click here to book

COME AND SING JAZZ!

Saturday 1.45pm – 4.15pm

An afternoon workshop exploring jazz singing through groove-based harmonies, led by the inspirational musical director and internationally recognised choir leader, Pete Churchill. You don’t need any previous singing experience or an ability to read music, just enthusiasm and a willingness to try something new. 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. The workshop will be held in the historic St Mary’s Church in nearby Quarry Street, and will be followed by a cream tea, before you take to the stage at the Electric Theatre to perform the workshop songs as part of the “Pete Churchill Sings Jazz” concert.

Tickets (includes workshop and admission to the “Pete Churchill Sings Jazz” performance) £15/£13 Guildford Jazz Members/£7.50 Students (free for Weekend or Saturday pass holders but follow the link below to book your place on the workshop)

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+ “Pete Churchill Sings Jazz”

There are details about the concert here and you can book audience member tickets for the concert for friends and family online here.

+ Cream Tea

The workshop will be followed by a Cream Tea at the Electric Theatre, before the performance. The quintessential English afternoon tea of fruit and scones served with butter jam and clotted cream, teas and coffee, for £5. Book your Cream Tea here.

DENNIS ROLLINS VELOCITY TRIO

Saturday 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

Tickets £12/£10 Guildford Jazz Members/£6 Students (free for Weekend or Saturday pass holders but follow the link below to book seats for this event)

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+ Cream Tea

After the concert, enjoy a quintessential English afternoon tea of fruit and scones served with butter jam and clotted cream, teas and coffee, for £5, served until 5.30pm . Book your Cream Tea here.

SANDY BURNETT “THE AGE OF JAZZ”

Saturday 4pm – 5pm

One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them for the very first time one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: jazz, a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation.

Drawing on his practical experience both as musicologist and gigging musician, Sandy Burnett is able to shed light on jazz from the inside. His talk touches on the disparate influences which lay behind the emergence of jazz, with musical illustrations ranging from the blues, ragtime and the very earliest jazz recordings through to classics by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the dawn of the Swing Era.

Tickets £12/£10 Guildford Jazz Members/£6 Students (free for Weekend or Saturday pass holders but follow the link below to book seats for this event) . Co-presented with West Surrey Arts Society .

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+ Cream Tea

Before the talk, enjoy a quintessential English afternoon tea of fruit and scones served with butter jam and clotted cream, teas and coffee, for £5, served from 3pm . Book your Cream Tea here.

PETE CHURCHILL SINGS JAZZ

Saturday 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.

Tickets £10/£8 Guildford Jazz Members/£5 Students (free for Weekend or Saturday pass holders but follow the link below to book seats for this event)

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+ Cream Tea

Before the concert, enjoy a quintessential English afternoon tea of fruit and scones served with butter jam and clotted cream, teas and coffee, for £5, served from 3pm to 5.30pm. Book your Cream Tea here.

IAIN BALLAMY IN CONCERT: 21ST CENTURY PASTORAL

Saturday 7.30pm

Featuring IAIN BALLAMY (SOLOIST) with the GUILDHALL BIG BAND Directed by SCOTT STROMAN & Pre-concert talk with BILL BRUFORD

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.

The evening’s concert will begin with a pre-concert talk, as Iain Ballamy is joined on stage by Bill Bruford, the patron of Guildford Jazz and legendary drummer from Yes, King Crimson and Genesis, to chat about Earthworks tonight’s concert and life in between. This will be followed at 8pm by a short comfort break before the evening’s performance at 8.15pm. 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.

Tickets £22/£20 Guildford Jazz Members/£11 Students (free for Weekend or Saturday pass holders but follow the link below to book seats for this event)

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ALAN BARNES/DAVE NEWTON DUO

Sunday 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.

Tickets £14/£12 Guildford Jazz Members/£7 Students (free for Weekend or Sunday pass holders, but follow the link below to book seats for this event)

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+ CREOLE JAZZ LUNCH

The concert will be followed by a CREOLE JAZZ LUNCH – 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, and is served from 1.15 to 1.45pm, in time for the afternoon’s sextet performance. Lunch is £8 – pre-booking essential (not included in the Weekend or Sunday pass). Click here to book lunch.

“THE MAGIC OF MANCINI”

NIGHTINGALE/BARNES/WATERMAN ALL-STAR SEXTET 

Sunday 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.

Tickets £16/£14 Guildford Jazz Members/£8 Students (free for Weekend or Sunday pass holders, but follow the link below to book seats for this event)

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+ CREOLE JAZZ LUNCH

Enjoy a CREOLE JAZZ LUNCH with your jazz! 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 sextet! Served from 1.15 to 1.45pm, in the auditorium while you listen to the concert. Lunch is £8 – pre-booking essential (not included in Weekend of Sunday passes). Click here to book lunch.

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

Sunday 3.45pm – 5pm

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. was Buster Keaton’s last independent silent comedy and also one of his best. The captain of a paddle steamer, William “Steamboat Bill” Canfield, eagerly awaits the arrival of his college student son, whom he has not seen since the lad was a baby. Expecting a big, husky man like himself he is sorely disappointed with his slight, awkward offspring (Buster Keaton). This hilarious film features some of Buster’s most daring and famous stunts. As one critic says: “Boasts the most astonishing and indelible images in Keaton’s body of work, and some of the best moments in movie history… wildly inventive, increasingly audacious stunts.”

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.

Tickets £8/£6 Guildford Jazz Members/£4 Students (free for Weekend or Sunday pass holders, but follow the link below to book seats for this event)

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LATIN JAZZ SALSA with HEADS SOUTH

Sunday 5.30pm – 6.45pm

Heads South plays superb Latin Jazz combining Cuban and other Latin rhythms with distinctive melodies in an exhilarating repertoire of original and classic tunes. The Band is led by John Harriman on piano/organ and features top UK trumpeter Steve Waterman, Venezuelan bassist Adolfredo Pulido, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan on congas, bongos, cajon, guiro and Buster Birch on drums, timbale, castanets, frame drum.

“Cool, cultured and exhilarating” The Musician

Think Buena Vista Social Club in a smaller package, and bring your dancing shoes!

Tickets £16/£14 Guildford Jazz Members/£8 Students (free for Weekend or Sunday pass holders, but follow the link below to book seats for this event)

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