Alan Barnes/David Newton Duo

12pm – 1.15pm Sunday May 8th 2021

Sax player and jazz impresario Alan Barnes and award winning pianist David Newton have been playing duets together for over 40 years, playing a vast repertoire from Louis Armstrong to Chick Corea with an empathy that can only come with long experience. The emphasis, as always, is on swinging, accessibility and interplay.

Expect a hugely entertaining programme of straight ahead jazz flawlessly played and interspersed with lots of anecdotes.

Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers. His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work since his precocious arrival on the scene more than thirty years ago.

His recorded catalogue is immense. He has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone, and the list of his session and side-man work includes Bjork, Bryan Ferry, Michel LeGrande, Clare Teale, Westlife, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. He has toured and played residencies with such diverse and demanding figures as Ruby Braff, Freddie Hubbard, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen and Conte Candoli.

In British jazz, Alan was recognized – and hired – by the established greats of the time: Stan Tracy, John Dankworth, Kenny Baker, Bob Wilber, and Humphrey Lyttelton. But he is equally respected for his longstanding and fruitful collaborations with contemporaries such as David Newton, Bruce Adams, and Martin Taylor. Alan’s unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz. He has been the recipient of countless British Jazz Awards and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.

David Newton has been on the jazz scene in excess of 30 years and in that time has gained an international reputation as a highly original, engaging artist with an instinctive rhythmic and melodic feel for jazz which has made him not only popular with his peers and audiences but also amongst vocalists as their favoured accompanist. Those have included Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin, and Stacey Kent with whom he toured all over the world for ten years and accompanied her on the journey from student to a highly successful international artist.

Dave’s early childhood influences of Peterson, Garner and Tatum are clearly evident in his playing today. He has an ability to truly improvise and arrange on the spot, taking his listeners on a vivid musical journey utilizing his overriding melodic sense and infectious feel. A graduate of Leeds College of Music he moved to London in the early eighties quickly teaming up with jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, and saxophonists Don Weller and Alan Barnes, and touring with Buddy De Franco. Voted “Best Jazz Pianist” in the British Jazz Awards at least 14 times, his music can also be heard on many television productions, especially in the US where over twenty TV films benefit from his haunting themes.

With Coffee and Danish pastries in the foyer beforehand, from 11am, and why not also enjoy the authentic taste of Creole with a Jazz Lunch of chicken and chorizo (or vegetable) Jambalaya with rice and side salad – it’s spicy, hearty, and incredibly flavourful, just like our musicians! More details here.

Tickets £16/£14 Guildford Jazz Members/£8 Students, available online here or from the Box Office on 01483 501200. If you’re a Weekend or Day pass holder then select the ‘Guildford Jazzfest – Seat Booking for pass holder’ option when you book your ticket. Click here  to buy a Weekend or Day Pass to get the best value access to all events.

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 £10 – pre-booking essential. Please click here to book.