Our jazz nights at the Guildford Rugby Club Pavilion are held on the second Wednesday of each month. The seating is cabaret style and there’s a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! A very reasonably priced supper is also available before the gig – just reserve your table when you book your tickets.
The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. To book for payment by credit card, BACS or to reserve tickets for cash payment on the night, please click the links below each concert to add the ticket type to your shopping basket, then click on “View Basket” (or “Cart” on the top menu). From your basket, select the number of tickets you want and click through to checkout where you’ll be given the payment options. Please note there’s no booking fee for any of the payment options. We’ll send you a confirmation email of your booking when you’ve completed the order. If you have any problems with the online booking just contact us here.
MATT WATES SEXTET
Featuring Matt Wates – alto sax, Steve Main – tenor sax, Steve Fishwick – trumpet, Leon Greening – piano, Marianne Windham (bass), Matt Skelton – drums
“A seriously good band containing six of Britain’s finest jazz musicians, regardless of age or style” (Dave Gelly, The Observer).
A firm believer that music should regain the swingy melody it once held, Matt leads his sextet with seamless harmony, delivering perfect jazz notes with humour and evident pleasure.
As he says: “In style, the sextet certainly resembles many of the great small bands of the 50s and 60s, such as those of Horace Silver and Art Blakey. We take inspiration from the past, but we are not trying to replicate it, merely to add in a small way to the music for which we have the deepest respect and love.
“I strongly believe that jazz has to swing. To me, this is what gives the music that beautiful human quality which attracted most of us to jazz in the first place. We play some Latin American style pieces and some funky things too, but the heart and soul of the band will always be straight-ahead swing. If it isn’t swinging at least some of the time, I really don’t feel it’s jazz.
“In general, I am trying to put back into the music some of the things that I feel have got lost over the years : melody, swing, and the idea that a band should not be just a battleground of egos. Above all, I maintain that jazz should be fun to listen to as well as to perform.”
And with this band it certainly is!
Tickets £15 (students £7). Advance booking recommended.
To book for payment by credit card, BACS or to reserve tickets for cash payment on the night, please click the links below to add the ticket type to your shopping basket, then click on “View Basket” (or “Cart” on the top menu). From your basket, select the number of tickets you want and click through to checkout where you’ll be given the payment options. We’ll send you a confirmation email of your booking when you’ve completed the order. If you have any problems with the online booking just contact us here.
The pre-gig supper is lasagne, garlic bread and salad, served from 7pm for £8 a head – please reserve a table by letting us know after you’ve booked your tickets.
featuring TONY WOODS
An evening of jazz to make you smile, Honk! plays jazz versions of catchy, groove driven world music tunes, embracing Latin, South African Township jive, New Orleans Second Line, Funk, a touch of Ska, and even a hint of Afro Beat, with some brilliant originals from the band members.
With TONY WOODS alto sax, ALAN YATES tenor sax, SIMON COOK trombone, RUSSELL JARRETT guitar, MARIANNE WINDHAM bass, MARTIN PYNE percussion
A great evening guaranteed!
DEREK NASH QUARTET
Much-loved alto sax player Derek Nash is a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and a vibrant and charismatic performer. Expect an evening of the best of swinging modern mainstream jazz, infused with catchy melodies and infectious rhythms, fronted by one of the most popular and versatile saxophonists in the UK.
Featuring Derek Nash – saxes, Dave Newton – piano, Marianne Windham – bass, drums tbc
“Derek Nash is not only a superb player, he has a stage presence that enthuses both his audience and his fellow musicians.” (Jazzin’ Around)
Derek Nash is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones – from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano – and is an award-winning performer having received the John Dankworth Award and the British Jazz Award (Small Group) for Sax Appeal. He received Best Jazz CD of the Year for Young Lions, Old Tigers with the late Spike Robinson, receiving the same British Jazz Award for “Joyriding” by The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet in 2012. He regularly appears in the British Jazz awards nominations in several categories (Alto/Tenor and Baritone) and was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation.
Voted “Best Jazz Pianist” in the British Jazz Awards at least 14 times, Dave Newton has 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. His early childhood influences of Peterson, Garner and Tatum are clearly evident in his playing with his naturally engaging ability for solo and trio playing and he has an ability to truly improvise and arrange on the spot, taking his listeners on a vivid musical journey.
Advance booking recommended! Tickets on sale soon
O’HIGGINS and LUFT
play MONK and TRANE
Part of a national tour to promote their recent CD release playing the music of jazz giants John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, award winning tenor saxophonist Dave O’Higgins and the virtuoso guitarist Rob Luft bring their quartet to Guildford for a night of swinging jazz….
Featuring Dave O’Higgins – tenor saxophone, Rob Luft – guitar, Scott Flanigan – organ, Rod Youngs – drums
Dave O’Higgins’ tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has a wide palette from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration and development with a deep respect for the tradition of the music.
“O’Higgins and Luft Play Monk and Trane” is Dave’s 21st CD release as leader.
Dave was nominated Best Tenor Sax 2018 British Jazz Awards and has worked with some of the world’s finest musicans, including: Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikowski, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart, Max Ionata, Phil Dwyer, Adam Nussbaum, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Kurt Elling, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gomez, Billy Childs, Abdullah Ibrahim, Chico Chagas, Stephane Grappelli, Michel Legrand. He wrote and produced the last Matt Bianco album, “Gravity”.
Rob Luft is an award-winning 25-year-old musician from London, and has been described as one of the UK’s most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists. Praised by The Times ‘to achieve great things in the future’, Rob was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize in association with Edition Records, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. His debut album, “Riser”, was released in July 2017, to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”. Rob was nominated “British Jazz Musician of the year” – Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018 and “Breakthrough Act of the year” – Jazz FM Awards 2018
Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene. He performs regularly across the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany, and has recently performed with Van Morrison, the Ulster Orchestra, Larry Coryell, Jean Toussaint, Jim Mullen and Linley Hamilton.
Drummer Rod Youngs has a uniquely identifiable style, loose-limbed and giving everything a great sense of swing. It is a style that incorporates influences across the board from Sid Catlett to Tony Williams, but centres in the great post-Bop drummers of the 50s. His consummate musicianship has garnered him a wide variety of work from concerts and recordings to sessions for radio, TV and film and he has become the drummer of choice for a formidable array of international artists and groups.
Advance booking recommended. Tickets on sale soon!
VASILIS XENOPOULOS QUINTET
This Autumn, Greek sax star Vasilis Xenopoulos releases a new album celebrating the spirit and music of one of his musical heroes, Dexter Gordon. Vasilis will be bringing his quintet to Guildford to perform music from the album which consists of some of Dexter’s original tunes (specially arranged for this project), a few standards played in a “Dexter” style and a couple of original tunes written by Vasilis and inspired from Dexter’s legacy.
The quintet also features Quentin Collins on trumpet, Ross Stanley on piano, and Steve Brown on drums, with Marianne guesting on bass.
Highly recommended! Tickets on sale soon…