CHRISTMAS CONCERT

POLLY GIBBONS

THURSDAY DECEMBER 16th 2021

8pm

Polly Gibbons is unmistakably a class act, getting classier fast.” **** The Guardian

St John’s Church, St. John’s Street,

Farncombe, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3EJ

Polly Gibbons is a growing presence in the UK Jazz scene. She has already been nominated twice as “Best Jazz Vocalist” by JAZZ FM and the BBC. Fully embracing the inspiring expansiveness of American Jazz, Blues, Soul and R&B, her career as a vocalist, composer and live performer is influenced by these genres.

But Polly is hesitant to define her music as strictly Jazz; her eclectic repertoire and the ease and style with which she performs it, have led her to appear at a variety of music festivals and venues: from the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London opening for George Benson and Gladys Knight, or for Bozz Scaggs at the famous Montreal Jazz Festival.

Equally, her fans might find her performing a weekly residency with her band at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, Ronnie Scott’s in London or at the funky new venue Rudy’s down in Nashville. Her music and her voice have a broad appeal to music lovers – and her ongoing touring over the last few years in the USA has garnered her many new fans.

“A truly exceptional, once-in-a-generation talent, possessing a voice of such sizzling intensity and raw emotion you could fry an egg on it.” Peter Quinn, Jazzwise 

“Gibbons is a jazz talent whose voice is also steeped in vintage R&B with shades of Aretha Franklin…” The Sunday Times

JAMES PEARSON – piano

James Pearson is one of the countries most respected musicians. His work covers all genres of music, especially contemporary music, jazz and classical. He is the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club where his trio are the house band but he is equally at home as a concert pianist. James has broadcast on all the major radio and television networks including a broadcast of his concert of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto on Classic F.M, and his performance of the Gershwin Piano Concerto and Rhapsody in Blue on BBC Radio 2 . His fine piano playing and arrangements can also be heard on over 50 albums,

GEORGE DOUBLE – drums

George’s playing and recording credits include Dame Shirley Bassey, Grammy Award Winner Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Mica Paris, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle. His West End and touring theatre record includes stints on WickedGuys and DollsAvenue QSinatra and Anything Goes. He is active on the British jazz scene and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club in London and elsewhere (including Guildford!). He is also curator of Hadleigh and Southwold Jazz Clubs.

MARIANNE WINDHAM – bass

How to book

Tickets are £18 (£16 for Guildford Jazz Members). You’ll get an automated email confirming your order and all the details for the gig are below. There are no physical tickets, just give your name on the door on arrival.

This year’s raffle will go to support the work of the Cheryl King Trust , enabling and inspiring all young people to make music. You can add raffle tickets to your order from your shopping basket before you check out, or just add them to your basket from the link below. Thank you for your support!

DETAILS FOR THE GIG

The address, directions and parking are under “How to find us” below,

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 7.15pm, and the performance starts at 8pm. Bar facilities to be confirmed.

If you have any questions please contact us by emailing info@guildfordjazz.org.uk

COVID POLICY

In line with government advice, we ask that you wear masks on arrival and when moving around please, and keep a appropriate distance from others . Surfaces will be cleaned before you arrive.

Please do not attend if you are exhibiting any covid symptoms or feeling unwell. Most of our audience are likely to have been double vaccinated but the NHS Covid pass is not currently a legal requirement. We will keep this under review.

If government policy changes, or local infection rates require a different approach, we will be of course be in touch.

How to find us

St. John’s Church, situated in St. John’s Street right in the centre of the village just opposite the Co-op store, was built over 160 years ago and was extensively refurbished in 2012 with new seating, flooring and lighting. It has wonderful acoustics for all types of music as well as a unique atmosphere – described by some as Surrey’s own Union Chapel.

There is no parking at the church itself, but there is some street parking and a number of public car parks within 5 minutes walk of the church. We’d recommend Meadrow car park, just off the A3100 (the Guildford-Godalming road) – the postcode is GU7 3HY. It’s free in the evenings and it’s a short walk direct to the church from the car park, up Church Path. 

There are also car parks in Station Road (GU7 3NF) and North Street (GU7 3HE)

Farncombe railway station is just 2 minutes walk from the venue. For rail travellers, Farncombe is on the London Waterloo – Portsmouth mainline. Trains are regular and journey times are London – 40 minutes and Portsmouth – 1 hour