Meet Philip Clouts
Cape Town-born pianist/composer Philip Clouts’ South African roots have inspired a voyage of discovery that has led to him soaking up the joyful passion of Caribbean calypso, the bluesy melodies of middle eastern praise songs, the exuberant sway of Cuban dance music and the tuneful essence of Gospel while honouring jazz heroes including Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Charles Lloyd.
As a key member of the popular London-based world jazz ensemble Zubop and its offshoot ZubopGambia, with BBC World Music award-winner Juldeh Camara, Clouts created a solid body of work with African roots and since moving to Dorset he has responded to his new surroundings with impressionistic compositions that complement his world music interests, resonating with strong themes and packing a mighty rhythmical punch. The latest CD from the Philip Clouts Quartet is one of the first wave of releases on the new jazz imprint from prestigious label Odradek Records. On this album, entitled Umoya (named from the Zulu word for life force), Clouts’ African inspirations extend beyond Cape jazz to Gnawa music and Afrobeat, and further to pan-European folksong and soul-jazz.
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Joined by rising star saxophonist Samuel Eagles, drummer Ted Carrasco and Marianne Windham guesting on bass, Philip brings his musical journey alive with superb musicianship and infectious vigour.
“The best of British jazz” Chris Phillips Jazz FM
“Precise ebullience and relaxed funkiness” The Guardian
“Clouts’ compositions are strong and likeable. The quartet’s playing is similarly engaging, a feeling of optimism pervading the tunes with a life force of its own” All About Jazz
DETAILS FOR THE GIG
The address and directions are under “How to find us” below,
BBQ served outside from 6.30pm, music in the bar from 8pm. Please note there are no physical tickets, just give your name on the door when you arrive. There’ll be seating reserved for you.
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Seating is either in front row settees/armchairs, central round tables, or rear high chairs/tables. Seats will be reserved for you when you book. If you’re a Guildford Jazz member, please let us know if you have a seating preference in the “Notes ” section on the booking form. Notes on the layout: Front row: Seats 1, 3 and 4 and 3-seater settees, and seats 2 and 5 are pairs of armchairs. Middle tables: Tables 6 to 20 are small round tables , each seating 4 (for bookings of 1 or 2 seats, we’ll seat you at a table with others, please let us know if you have friends coming who you’d like to sit with!). Table 29 is a small round table seating 2. Rear tables: Tables 21 to 26 are tall tables suitable for 2 people, with high stools. Groups: Tables 27 and 28 are larger tables, ideal for groups up to 8
HOW TO FIND US
Guildford Cricket Club Pavilion , The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4RP
For sat navs please check the postcode takes you to Wharf Road. There’s a car park alongside, entry from Wharf Road. If you’re approaching from Guildford town centre, Wharf Road is on the left just before the Sports Ground. If you’re approaching from the A3/Ladymead there’s no right turn into Wharf Road, but continue to the next roundabout to double back. If the car park’s full (please also park down the middle once the bays are full), there are a few parking bays along Wharf Road which you can use after 7pm, also along the Woodbridge Road on the left as you come from the Town centre. You can also park at the far end of the sports ground: turn left as you come out of Wharf Road and carry on along Woodbridge Road towards the railway bridge, and the entrance to the ground is just before the end of the green fence that runs along the perimeter of the ground, next to the Woodbridge Café. There’s also a larger public car park at Bedford Road Car Park (GU1 4SJ), which is about 10 minutes walk away.