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…

July 23rd Sarah Moule

August 13th Pavanne







The music of Duke Ellington has been inspiring singer Sarah Moule and pianist Simon Wallace ever since they both discovered jazz. Simon was hooked after hearing the Ellington band live when he was 13 years old. Sarah recently performed a concert of Ellingtonia with the Capital City Jazz Orchestra at Brecon Jazz Festival.

Together they celebrate the genius of the Duke with a collection of his greatest songs and those of his right-hand man Billy Strayhorn. From ‘In A Mellowtone’ to ‘Mood Indigo’, ‘Rockin’ In Rhythm’ to ‘Rocks In My Bed’ and Sophisticated Lady’ to ‘Something To Live For’, Ellington’s repertoire ranges from gut-bucket blues to urbane sophistication.

These highly-regarded musicians have performed at the Southbank Centre, every major London jazz room and all over the UK. Sarah sang for six years with The John Wilson Orchestra, has released four critically acclaimed CDs and has performed with British jazz greats such as Norma Winstone, Ian Shaw and Duncan Lamont. Simon toured internationally with the Lindsay Kemp Company, has recorded with Geoff Beck and been Musical Director for Imelda Staunton, Barb Jungr, Ian Shaw and Clare Teal.

For their performance at the Jazz Cafe, Sarah and Simon will be joined by Marianne on double bass.

Tickets £15 from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here

Early booking recommended!

August 13th PAVANE


From classical music, to Latin funk, to a French twist, join us for our first jazz evening “in the round” with the fantastic Paul Higgs Quintet in concert, playing from his critically acclaimed album, Pavane.

‘Pavane’ is a collection of original compositions that blur the boundaries between classical and jazz. Each piece shows us a new soundscape, and the exquisite sound of Paul’s trumpet transports us through each one in turn. From the sense of romantic longing in A Simple Truth, through the rising elegiac quality and counterpoint of Crystalline, to the haunting mystery of Catalonia, ‘Pavane’ takes us on an inspiring musical journey.

Since joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at age 14, Paul Higgs has gone on to play a major role as a composer and arranger. His style emphasizes lyrical melodies, as opposed to more angular forms of jazz.

As a young man he was renowned for his skill, working with such luminaries as Johnny Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Peggy Lee, Buddy Greco, John Williams and Shorty Rogers. Paul was a Musical Director and Composer at the National Theatre and the RSC for 24 years, playing at concert halls and theatres around the world, including the Royal Festival Hall, the Schubert Theatre (USA), the Berlin Concert Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, and Ronnie Scott’s.

The evening features Paul and his Quintet playing compositions from the album, plus some well-known favourites, made famous by Chet Baker, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis, and all of them guaranteed to quicken the pulse.

The album reached No.1 in the One World Music Charts, and as Chris Spector of Midwest Records wrote ‘Here we have a world class trumpet player…one of those who can mix jazz and classical into a well-simmered brew. This is a fine example of first class stuff by a first class guy’.

The performance will take place in the auditorium with seating “in the round”. Early booking recommended!

Featuring Paul Higgs – trumpet, Natalie Rozario – cello, Andy Watson – guitar, Chris Ingham – piano, George Double – drums, Marianne Windham – bass

Tickets £15 from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here

September 24th JIMMY HASTINGS

Jimmy Hastings is a long standing member of the British jazz scene. He was famously part of the Humphrey Lyttleton Band and the John Dankworth Generation Band and over the years he has worked with a host onf internatianal stars, including Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tonny Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Nelson Riddle and many others.

These days Jimmy is much in demand at all national jazz venues as a solo performer or with his own quartet, and is a very popular visitor to Guildford. We are delighted to welcome Jimmy as our guest artist this month to launch the Autumn Season at the Jazz Café.

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


Acclaimed jazz singer Gabrielle Ducomble brings her inimitable blend of French chanson, tango and bossa to the Jazz Café for an evening of unforgettable music-making.

Featuring Gabrielle Ducomble (vocals), Nicolas Meier (guitar), RIchard Jones (violin), Marianne Windham (bass), Saleem Raman (drums)

This new show features original songs from her latest album, Across the Bridge, interspersed with her own unique takes on classic chansons by Piaf, Legrand, Brel and Piazzolla.

Influenced by travel and timeless storytelling, Gabrielle takes you on a rich musical journey from the Indonesian rainforest to partying Brazil and the streets of Paris, mixing samba, waltz, hot club-style jazz and African rhythm. Played by an authentic band including guitar virtuoso Nicolas Meier and the outstanding Richard Jones on jazz violin, expect an evening of beautiful melody, inspired musicianship and infectious joie de vivre.

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



A hundred year journey through the lives and music of the great jazz trumpet players including Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis and more….

Featuring trumpeter Stuart Henderson, formerly principal trumpet of The Scots Guards Band in Her Majesty’s Household Division and now playing on the UK jazz scene with many of the countries finest jazz musicians.

We are delighted to welcome Stuart’s quartet to the Jazz Cafe for what is sure to be a great evening!

With Pete Billington (piano), Marianne Windham (bass), Simon Price (drums)

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

December 10th ART THEMEN

Warm up on a chilly winter’s evening with some world-class jazz in the intimate and authentically “Jazz club” atmosphere of the Jazz Café, as we welcome British Jazz legend ART THEMEN.

A huge figure on the British jazz scene since the early 60’s, Art has continued to work at the highest level both in the UK and on the International stage. A previous winner of the tenor saxophone category in the 2008 British Jazz Awards, this living legend of a tenor player is still regularly playing to appreciative audiences. Art’s quartet also features Gareth Williams , one of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting pianists in the UK.

With the outstanding GARETH WILLIAMS on piano, WINSTON CLIFFORD on drums , and Marianne Windham on bass.

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

“an immensely gifted saxophonist with a quirky, almost wilful originality.” Jazz: The Essential Companion


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.