Jazz Cafe at Electric Theatre



From January 2013, the Electric Theatre in Guildford has been  hosting a monthly Jazz Cafe evening in the welcoming and intimate setting of the Cafe Bar and our guests have included some of the best jazz musicians in the country, many internationally renowned.

Seating is cabaret style, and intimate, and you’re welcome to bring your own supper or snacks. If you want to reserve a table as a group just let the box office know when you book. The music starts at 19.30pm , and the doors open from 18.00

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online (follow the links under each event. There are discounts for Guildford Jazz members – if you’re a member, the discount will be automatically applied on checkout. If you’re not already a member, please click here to find out more about the benefits, and how to join (please note that although there are benefits in joining, all Guildford Jazz events are open to everyone – there is no need to become a member to attend!)

The theatre is very close to the train station in Guildford and there’s parking very nearby in the Bedford Road or Portsmouth Road Car Parks.

Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ

Coming up…

September 22nd WENDY KIRKLAND

Oct 27th ED JONES


Date to be confirmed:


September 22nd


Pianist-singer Wendy Kirkland is consolidating her status as a force in British jazz. Her debut album ‘Piano Divas’ made such an impact when it was released in 2017 that it was immediately snapped up for distribution by Discovery Records and made the Album of the Week slot twice in one year on The Jazz UK radio, shortly followed by overwhelming critical acclaim from the national mainstream and jazz press.

With influences including Eliane Elias, Dena Derose, Carol Welsman and Shirley Horn, and with a great swinging style, her latest album, “The Music’s on Me” , has garnered a 4 star review by Dave Gelly in the Observer. We are delighted to welcome Wendy and her band to the Jazz Café!

Tickets £14 (Guildford Jazz Members), £16 (non-members) from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here .

October 27th


Award winning tenor saxophonist Ed Jones has been a stalwart of the British music scene for over thirty years . A prolific session musician, he has worked across a variety of musical genres and is perhaps best known for his lengthy stint with the jazz/funk/soul outfit Incognito. He has also performed with Us3, Jamie Cullum, George Benson, Diane Reeves, Horace Silver, Terry Callier, Bootsy Collins, Tina Turner, and Chaka Khan, among others.

Ed never fails to create a great night of music and we are delighted to welcome him with his quartet to the Jazz Cafe!

With Kate Williams on piano, Jon Scott on drums, Marianne Windham on bass

“An improviser to his fingertips, a player of forceful imagination, and one of the UK’s most distinctive saxophonists.” – John Fordham The Guardian

“Inventive, physical, full of life, on the edge and unmistakably of today” Chris May, All about Jazz

Tickets £14 (Guildford Jazz Members), £16 (non-members) from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here .

November 24th


Winners of Jazz Ensemble of the Year 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Alison Rayner: Nominated Best Double Bass 2019 British Jazz Awards and Winner of The Ivors Academy Award for ‘Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble’

Described by LondonJazzNews as ‘a celebration of life itself’ their music is ‘inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic, possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality, frequently inspired by personal experiences’ (the jazzmann.com).

Their combination of richly nuanced compositions with folk-infused grooves, skilful musicianship and a love of improvisation, creates a compelling and coherent whole. ARQ play ‘songs without words’ and are known for their vibrant, communicative performances.

ARQ’s profile has risen dramatically over the past five years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their first two albums ‘August’ (2014) and ‘A Magic Life’ (2016), and their latest album “Short Stories” (2019). They have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving national and international radio play and four and five-star reviews in jazz and national press.

Individually, the group’s track record includes work with such international artists as Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, George Russell, John Harle, The Guest Stars, Marjorie Whylie, Sharon Freeman, Jayne Cortez, Tal Farlow and BBC TV’s Rockschool series, broadcasted in both the UK and USA.

Alison Rayner – double bass, Buster Birch – drums, Deirdre Cartwright – guitar, Diane McLoughlin – saxophones, Steve Lodder – piano

‘spirited, eloquent and graceful’ – The Guardian

‘a beautifully integrated band’ – The Observer

‘Inspired by real-world ideas, people and situations but infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures’ – BBC Music Magazine

Tickets £16 (Guildford Jazz Members), £18 (non-members) from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here .

Date to be confirmed:


Japanese vocalist and pianist Eriko Ishihara has a reputation for her Diana Krall-style vocals, matched to a mature piano style that draws on Wynton Kelly and Gene Harris. We are delighted to welcome Eriko to the final Jazz Cafe of the season, with Colin Oxley on guitar, Steve Brown on drums, and Marianne Windham on bass.

Eriko was born in Tokyo, Japan.  She studied classical piano at Kunitachi College of Music and moved to London to take a post-graduate course in jazz and studio music at Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. Since then she has played at many of Britain’s top jazz venues and worked with many of the countries finest players, performing in such places as The 606 Club, The Vortex, Pizza On The Park and The Royal Festival Hall.

In 2003, Eriko signed a major record deal with the Japanese record company, Ponycanyon. She has released 4 CDs, the latest of which featured US saxophone legend, Scott Hamilton. She regularly tours in Japan and other Asian countries and has performed in major concert halls in Hong Kong and Korea.

Tickets £14 (Guildford Jazz Members), £16 (non-members) from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here .


The Electric Theatre is housed in the old Electricity Works building by the river in the centre of Guildford. It is a couple of minutes walk from the mainline railway station and local car parks.

Parking at The Electric Theatre itself is only available for disabled patrons. If you require a parking space please contact the Box Office on 01483 444789 or email electrictheatre@guildford.gov.uk

There are two car parks just a few minutes walk away.  Parking is £1.20 an hour during the day and £1 per evening visit (after 6pm).

Electric Theatre Directions

From Portsmouth Road Car Park, GU2 4BW :

Cross the river on the bridge by the White House pub next to the car park and immediately turn left to walk along the river, underneath the road, and the theatre is in front of you.

From Bedford Road Car Park, Laundry Road, Guildford GU1 4PX :

Exit the car park onto Onslow Street and turn right past The Casino Nightclub. Cross the road to Wetherspoons and turn left, where you will then see the theatre set back on the right hand side.

From Guildford Railway station:

Exit the station on the Town Centre side, onto Walnut Tree Close.  Cross at the Pedestrian crossing and turn right towards the one way system. Turn left along Bridge Street, cross the river, then cross the road twice at the pedestrian crossing, towards the Wetherspoons pub on the corner on the other side of Bridge Street. Go left, past the pub, and you will then see the theatre set back on the right hand side.