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…





March – JAZZ FEST ’20!




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 fantastically exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist, Art Themen has been a beloved character of the British jazz scene for over 50 years, in the bands of Alexis Korner and Stan Tracey among many others, and remains as brilliant and inimitable as ever. Expect mischief, twinkly charm and downhome grit from a genuine treasure of British jazz.

With JOHN DONALDSON 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

January 14th LAURA ZAKIAN

“Zakian swings effortlessly, combines a lightness of touch with a deep reservoir of power and control, and most importantly – always draws the e listener in to the song’s lyric.” Peter Quinn, Jazzwise

A deep connection with the emotional meaning of songs has always underpinned Laura’s assured and sensitive interpretations of the Great American songbook and classic pop, and she has drawn on this for her own lyrics. Laura studied in New York with Nancy Marano from the Manhatten School of Music, then began her jazz career in Italy. Based in London, she has four albums to her name, most recently Songs for Modern Lovers on which, inspired by the iconic Frank Sinatra album Songs for Swinging Lovers, fresh arrangements of the original tracks are complemented by jazz interpretations of contemporary tunes. She has combined her artistic career with teaching aspiring vocalists at Goldsmiths College, London, and elsewhere.

Laura has recently collaborated with prolific and eclectic composer and percussionist, Martin Pyne on a new EP, entitled ‘Minor Moments’, penning the words to some of Martin’s airy and haunting melodies written specially for the project. We are delighted to welcome Martin on vibraphone and percussion to join Laura to launch the 2020 season at the Jazz Café , with Paul Bartholomew on baritone sax, Steve Lodder on piano, Marianne Windham on bass and Nic France on drums.

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

February 4th ALICE LEGGETT

Since graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2017, rising star saxophonist Alice Leggett has made her mark on London’s jazz landscape, having a chair in Calum Gourlay’s legendary monthly big band residency at The Vortex and appearing as a featured soloist in Mark Lockheart’s 2016 London Jazz Festival commission ‘Brave World’.

Alice has drawn influences from a variety of artists such as and her quartet will be playing a combination of Alice’s original compositions, and arrangements of well-known jazz standards, combining a fresh new approach with a fondness for tradition.

We are delighted to welcome Alice with her quartet for her debut gig in Guildford!

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


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!

Highly recommended!

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.