4pm- 5pm Saturday 8th May 2021

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 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.

Sandy Burnett is one of the UK’s leading broadcasters in the field of classical music. After studying music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and in London’s West End, Sandy spent a decade as one of the core team of music presenters on BBC Radio 3. As a practising musician, his activities include conducting, arranging and playing double bass in both classical and jazz environments. Sandy is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, devises and leads cultural lecture holidays, is an accredited Arts Society lecturer, and has been appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.

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

Book 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.

+ Pre-lecture Cream Tea

The quintessential English afternoon tea! Fruit and scones served with butter jam and clotted cream, teas and coffee. Available from 3pm, for £5.

Book your cream tea here

Co-presented with West Surrey Arts Society