Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.
The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. There’s no booking fee, or membership – to book tickets just click the “book tickets” link after each event and complete the form that’s displayed, and we’ll send you a confirmation email with all the details. Thank you!
Moscow Drug Club
A curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes.
Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.
You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!
The pre-concert supper is Coq-au-vin , please reserve a meal when you book your tickets! Meals are £8 each and served from 7pm
Tickets £15 (£7 students). Click here to book
Chris Biscoe and Allison Neale
“Two of a Mind”
Exploring afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, this new band promises to evoke the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the personalities of the musicians.
Featuring Chris Biscoe – Baritone sax, Allison Neale – alto sax, Colin Oxley – guitar , Matt Fishwick – drums, Marianne Windham – bass
The Mulligan and Desmond recordings were by a quartet of baritone and alto sax, bass and drums. CD re-releases included some tracks with guitar added.
The band’s new CD Then and Now (Trio tr597), includes three performances by the quartet and four with guitarist Colin Oxley. Colin’s playing is an object lesson in how to enrich the harmonies and add to the rhythmic drive without detracting from the interplay between the saxes which is the hallmark of this band.
Tonight’s concert will feature arrangements drawn from the original Desmond/Mulligan records, including Stardust, Stand Still, All The Things You Are, Easy Living, Lover, The Way You Look Tonight and Blight of the Fumble Bee, as well as the band’s own arrangements of How Deep Is The Ocean and Indian Summer, and new standards based compositions by Chris Biscoe, Then and Now and Rest Easy.
Multi-instrumentalist Chris Biscoe has been featured on baritone sax with the big bands of Hermeto Pascoal, Tony Kinsey, Graham Collier and the New York Composers Orchestra, as well as in various Mike Westbrook Bands and John Williams’ Baritone Band. Chris has released two CDs with Tony Kofi, and Profiles of Mingus with Henry Lowther. American born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, with whom she has a particular affinity. She has performed with Adelaide Hal, Bud Shank and Scott Hamilton, as well as featuring in the John Dankworth Generations Band and the Back to Basie Orchestra. Her latest CD I Wished on the Moon (Trio tr593) was released in 2015.
Guitarist Colin Oxley established an international reputation with the Stacey Kent group, and has gone on to work with Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Houston Person and Dave Newton. He is professor of guitar at the Guildhall School of Music. And on drums, Matt Fishwick brings his subtle and dynamic playing to bands with Steve Fishwick and Osian Roberts and has played in the UK and USA with Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Jim Mullen, Warren Vache, Cedar Walton, John Colliani, Anita O’Day and many others.
Tickets £15 (£7 students). Click here to book tickets.
“Two saxophonists, Chris Biscoe and Allison Neale, revisit the music of Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. The baritone-and-alto interplay of this classic late 50s-early 60s partnership had the rare distinction of being both clever and tuneful, with touches of wit. The trouble was, they only made two albums together. Now, with perfect rapport, and a positively uncanny grasp of this elusive idiom, Biscoe and Neale have come up with more, including two Biscoe originals. The playing is immaculate” Dave Gelly, The Observer, ****