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…

Oct 22nd GABRIELLE DUCOMBLE

Nov 26th STUART HENDERSON “100 YEARS OF JAZZ TRUMPET”

Dec 10th ART THEMEN

October 22nd GABRIELLE DUCOMBLE

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.

Due to high demand, this performance will take place in the auditorium of the Electric Theatre, please choose your seats when you book your tickets.

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

November 26th STUART HENDERSON

“100 YEARS OF JAZZ TRUMPET”

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

HOW TO FIND US

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.