Martin is regarded as one of the top jazz soloists in the country; you will hear him in an extraordinary range of settings from big band to quartet, cutting edge jazz to contemporary pop and funk. He began playing trumpet aged 11 and within a few years was working with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as well as gigging informally around the Midlands with his jazz pianist father. In 1985 Martin gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London to study classical and jazz trumpet, and went on to hone his jazz chops at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
As a freelance player over the last 12 years, Martin has worked with most of the leading jazz artists of the last 30 years including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Dick Morrisey, Tim Garland. His big band work includes the BBC Big Band, currently led by trombonist Jiggs Whigham and recently, the Michelle Legrand Jazz Orchestra. Along with session and T.V. work Martin still finds time to perform with classical ensembles and in West End shows and to complete the circle has also recorded with some of the biggest rock/pop acts around ‚Äì Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole and so on.
In 2001, Martin was appointed professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire. A stunning musician at the top of his game.
Mark is widely considered to be one of the finest Jazz trombonists in Europe. A world class player, he won the coveted Don Lusher award at the age of fifteen and after graduating from Trinity College in the late 80s he rapidly established himself as one the UK’s busiest studio musicians as well as a highly respected Jazz soloist. Highly popular and much in demand, Mark has worked alongside someone of the world’s greatest jazz musicians and has won the British Jazz Awards several times.
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.
Top jazz drummer Matt Skelton has accompanied many leading Internationally-known Jazz figures such as Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Kenny Davern, Bob Wilber, Ken Peplowski, Conte Candoli, Red Holloway, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Michael Moore, Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton.
He has recorded and appears regularly with singers such as Marion Montgomery, Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing and in concert for Jesse Norman’s Ellington and Gershwin Concert Series (2006). Matt accompanied Richard Rodney Bennett and Claire Martin in their American Song Book Show. He regularly plays with The BBC Big Band and BBC Concert Orchestra in broadcasts and BBC Proms TV appearances as well as with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, CBSO, Hallé, RLPO, Britten Symphonia, Lahti, RTE Concert Orchestra and Big Band and most recently Radio France Philharmonic. He is also the drummer for the Grammy-nominated John Wilson Orchestra.
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
Capacity is still limited currently, with more-than-normal spacing between tables, and 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.