For well over a decade now, Quentin Collins has had an enviable reputation as a lyrical and melodic trumpet player with a powerful sound and approach. His first album released in 2007 “If Not Now, Then When?” received critical acclaim with Jazzwise calling it an “intensely impressive debut”, while the Guardian called Quentin a “young brass virtuoso”. He has continued to forge an impressive reputation on the UK scene via projects including the “QC/BA Quartet”, with the band touring internationally and releasing the brilliant album ‘What’s It Gonna Be?’ He also includes the likes of Jeff Beck, Jason Rebello, Basement Jaxx, Omar, Prince and Roy Ayres on a lengthy and impressive cv, but these days is probably best known for his work with the internationally acclaimed Kyle Eastwood Band.
Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way. It is testament to his reputation that Alex is also one of the few headlining UK jazz musicians in the current Ronnie Scott’s All Stars pool. He is the sideman of choice for many of the finest visiting artists and has himself performed in over 30 countries worldwide with artists such as Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Peter King, Van Morrison and Jools Holland.
Ross Stanley is one of the UK’s top jazz pianists – constantly in demand for his flowing creative and lyrical playing. His soloing is profoundly steeped in complex harmonic tension and release but always serves the music and is universally revered by both fellow musicians and the wider listening public alike. Ross began having piano lessons at the age of 4. At the age of 13, he was awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College. Upon leaving Marlborough, Ross was invited to study for his music degree at several renowned institutions including Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in the USA. However, he decided to stay in London and completed a BMUS in classical and jazz piano at Guildhall in 2004. Since leaving, Ross’s musical skills have kept him in high demand, seeing him playing with jazz names such as Will Vinson, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, SteveArguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ trio and the Jaqui Dankworth Band and performing in many small and large ensembles – including Nostalgia 77 Octet and The Heritage Orchestra.
After moving to London from his native Yorkshire, Matt Home soon began playing with many of the leading musicians on the scene including Alan Barnes, Claire Martin, Stacey Kent, Atila, Brandon Allen, Allison Neale, Jim Mullen, Dave Cliff, Steve Fishwick, Matt Wates and Nat Steele among others. Matt has also played with many US artists including Barry Harris, Cyrus Chestnut, John Bunch, Hod O’ Brien, Herb Geller, Scott Hamilton, Howard Alden, Dusko Gykovich, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen, Bob Wilber, Warren Vache, Benny Sharoni, Chuck Redd, Nate Najar, Maucha Adnet, Greg Abate, Joe Cohn, Jim Snidero, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart and Gary Smulyan, with whom he completed two UK tours.
Part of the Nigel Price Organ Trio, the trio won the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Award for best ensemble and in the same year, Gareth Lockrane septet won “best CD” award for “No Messin’“ on which Matt also played drums. Matt was awarded the 1993 “ John Scheerer Prize” for Jazz drums was nominated in the best drummer category for the 2016 British Jazz Award.
Guildford Jazz anchor Marianne Windham completes the line-up on bass.
DETAILS FOR THE GIG
The address and directions are under “How to find us” below,
The performance is upstairs in the Pavilion building. Please note there are no physical tickets, just give your name on the door when you arrive. There’ll be seating reserved for you.
Doors open from 7pm, supper served from 7.15pm, and the performance starts at 8pm. If you have any questions please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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.