Jazz at the Cricket Pavilion

An intimate jazz club in a fantastic venue with great acoustics and fabulous food (“It’s like having your own party – we love it!”)

Coming up….

January 27th Simon Spillett and Pete Long “Salute to the Jazz Couriers”

February 9th Brandon Allen Quartet “The Stanley Turrentine Project”

February 24th Jo Harrop with Nigel Price

March 9th Andrea Vicari Jazz Ambassadors

April 13th Ola Onabule

April 28th TBC

For more details of the seating plan, COVID policy and details how to find us, click here


January 27th

SIMON SPILLETT & PETE LONG QUINTET

“SALUTE TO THE JAZZ COURIERS”

An exciting and heartfelt homage by two of the top UK jazz authorities to the legendary British two-tenor quintet of the 1950s co-led by Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes.


Featuring original exciting arrangements faithfully recreated by Echoes of Ellington bandleader and saxophonist Pete Long along with celebrated saxophonist and author of the universally acclaimed Tubby Hayes biography Long Shadow of the Little Giant Simon Spillett.

In the time-honoured way you can expect plenty of up tempo tenor jousting, bell notes bouncing from wall to wall and cascades of bebop quavers coruscating the continuum!

Award winning repertory bandleader Peter Long and custodian of the Hayes legacy Simon Spillett will go head to head over the old Couriers classics, with driving virtuosic rhythmic support. Expect such favourites as the original arrangements of Cheek To Cheek, Love Walked In and The Serpent, as well as some of Tubbys later standards, all linked together with stories and comments from the two front men.

With Rob Barron on piano, Pete Cater on drums, Marianne Windham on bass

PRE-CONCERT MEAL FROM MANDIRA’S KITCHEN

Mexican Fiesta
  • Tex-Mex
  • Samosas with chipotle sauce (Crispy pastry with peppers, sweetcorn and cheese)
  • Lamb Chilli or Meatless Chilli & Rice (A warming spicy chilli with a twist – vegetarian option with soya mince)

Meals are £10 each, advance bookings only

How to book

Meals served from 7.15pm, Music from 8pm to about 10:20pm. Tickets £18 (£16 for Guildford Jazz Members), 50% discount for students. Meals £10.

Please click the link below and select your tickets options on the next page. You’ll receive an email confirming your booking with the details for the gig. If you’re a Guildford Jazz member, please let us know if you have a seating preference in the “Notes ” section on the booking form or by emailing us (an up to date seating layout is below). To find out how to become a Guildford Jazz Member click here , and here for booking Terms and Conditions.


February 9th

BRANDON ALLEN

THE STANLEY TURRENTINE PROJECT

A salute to the earthy, irresistibly groovy music of Blue Note and CTI Records jazz legend Stanley Turrentine from arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today.

Featuring Brandon Allen – tenor saxophone , Will Barry – piano/keys, Arnie Somogyi- basses, Shaney Forbes- drums.

Brandon Allen has established himself as one of the UK’s most in demand saxophonists and bandleaders.

He has performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, both as a leader and sideman.

Throughout his career he has worked with top international artists including Eric Clapton, Paloma Faith, Kyle Eastwood, Tony Lakatos, Adam Nussbaum, Gary Husband, Stefano Di Battista, US3, The Blockheads and many others.

The ‘Stanley Turrentine Project’ came about because of a deep admiration and respect for the late great saxophonist’s musical approach and output.

Brandon’s highly acclaimed ‘Gene Ammons Project’ came into existence because of a similar admiration.

Selections from Ammons’ entire career were reinterpreted, seeking to capture the the spirit of the music as well as exploring the stylistic changes that occurred throughout the tenor saxophonist’s 30 year career.

The repertoire of the ‘Stanley Turrentine Project’ is slightly more specific, drawing from Turrentine’s releases on the Bluenote and CTI labels.

In addition, some of Turrentine’s renditions of rock/pop hits of the 60’s and 70’s will be reimagined by Brandon’s exciting new quartet.

Expect soulful saxophone playing accompanied by a hard swinging and funky rhythm section.

“His four-octave range and flawless command of the altissimo register was nicely offset by his full-bodied yet raucous tonal quality offering something for fans of the entire history of the instrument- from Hawkins to Brecker- he’s got em covered.” (London Jazz News)

PRE-CONCERT MEAL FROM MANDIRA’S KITCHEN

Curry On!
  • Vegetable Samosas with Tamarind Chutney (Crispy handmade pastry filled with spiced potatoes)
  • Hariyali Chicken or Paneer (Cooked with green herbs and spices)
  • Vegetable Pulao (Fragrant basmati rice cooked with whole spices, carrots and peas)

Advance bookings only

How to book

Meals served from 7.15pm, Music from 8pm to about 10:20pm. Tickets £18 (£16 for Guildford Jazz Members), 50% discount for students. Meals £11.50 each. All prices include booking fees.

Please click the link below and select your tickets options on the next page. You’ll receive an email confirming your booking with the details for the gig. If you’re a Guildford Jazz member, please let us know if you have a seating preference in the “Notes ” section on the booking form or by emailing us (an up to date seating layout is below). To find out how to become a Guildford Jazz Member click here , and here for booking Terms and Conditions.


February 24th

JO HARROP with NIGEL PRICE

Warm, smoky jazz vocalist Jo Harrop features with multi-award winning guitarist Nigel Price, with Emiliano Caroselli on drums and Marianne on bass.

“a very fine jazz singer” (Iggy Pop)


Born in Durham and raised on a heady musical diet of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, Jo Harrop cut her teeth as a session singer, working with a host of iconic artists including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Gloria Gaynor and Enrique Iglesias.

After moving to London, she quickly established herself as one of the most unmistakable voices in British jazz, performing everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to the Sunset Sunside Jazz Club in Paris. Having signed to London-based jazz label, Lateralize Records, she recently received a raft of rapturous reviews for Weathering The Storm, her debut with guitarist, Jamie McCredie. Effortlessly blurring the lines between jazz and folk, it’s an achingly beautiful album that is so shot through with pathos and pain, it could melt the hardest of hearts.

Recorded live in one or two takes, often in late-night post-gig sessions in McCredie’s London studio, The Guardian dubbed it ‘a little gem of an album: simple, modest and perfect,’ whilst BBC 6 Music’s Iggy Pop fell in love with her voice, calling her “a very fine jazz singer.” Warm, smoky and capable of the most delicate dynamics, Jo Harrop’s mellifluous voice reveals an intimacy few singers are capable of generating. At times, she sounds as if she is living inside the songs, with each lyric a page from her diary. “All of these songs communicate the universal aspects of human emotion in the face of change, whether it’s love or loss, happiness or sorrow. The title, Weathering The Storm, suggests fortitude in the face of turbulent times, but it’s also a fond reference to the rugged landscapes of our hometowns in the North East of England. This album is an exploration of emotion and depth and the realisation that sometimes the most profound experiences are also the simplest.”

Appearing at Guildford Jazz, Jo is joined by multi-award winning guitarist Nigel Price, one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today whose blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues feeling and mastery of chording has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences. And we’re delighted to also welcome the amazing Italian drummer and percussionist Emiliano Caroselli, with Marianne completing the lineup on double bass.

PRE-CONCERT MEAL FROM MANDIRA’S KITCHEN

Indo Chinese
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (Crispy handmade pastry filled with fresh vegetables)
  • Calcutta Chilli Chicken or Gobi Manchurian (Chicken or cauliflower tossed with fresh chillies, onions & soy sauce – a favourite from Calcutta’s Chinatown)
  • Schezwan Fried Rice
  • Prawn / Vegetable Crackers

How to book

Meals served from 7.15pm, Music from 8pm to about 10:20pm. Tickets £18 (£16 for Guildford Jazz Members), 50% discount for students. Meals £11.50 each. All prices include booking fees.

Please click the link below and select your tickets options on the next page. You’ll receive an email confirming your booking with the details for the gig. If you’re a Guildford Jazz member, please let us know if you have a seating preference in the “Notes ” section on the booking form or by emailing us (an up to date seating layout is below). To find out how to become a Guildford Jazz Member click here , and here for booking Terms and Conditions.


March 9th

ANDREA VICARI JAZZ AMBASSADORS

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN JAZZ

Featuring Andrea Vicari – piano, Emma Rawicz – tenor sax, Marianne Windham – bass, Sophie Alloway – drums

Following International Women’s day on March 8th, a celebration of women in jazz with music from female jazz composers and featuring some of the great female players on the UK jazz scene.

Pianist and composer Andrea Vicari was born in Florida and grew up in Birmingham. Educated at Cardiff University she won a scholarship to study at The Guildhall School of Music in London and was soon in demand as a ‘side-man” working with bass guitar legend, Dill Katz in a band that included the then unknown guitarist Phil Robson. Soon after she formed her first important group with Julian Argüelles on saxophone & Stuart Hall, then of Django Bates’ “Human Chain”, on bass. Other employers included GRP recording artist, Phil Bent; jazz warrior David-Jean Baptiste with whom she recorded her first commercially released CD; and the all-women band “Birds” led by Kathy Stobart.

Andrea played a successful season at London’s sadly defunct jazz club “The Bass Clef” with the late great American saxophone innovator, Eddie Harris, and gigged with the US trumpet legend Art Farmer. Andrea has to date five albums in her own name and has contributed to others such as ‘Round Trip’ and “East and West’ with Jazz Extempore plus ‘The Vortex Foundation big band’. A prolific composer, she has been commissioned by the Arts Council, the BBC, Jazz Umbrella, the Peter Whittingham trust, and other projects. Andrea is also a well known and respected jazz educator holding a senior lecturer post and professorship at Trinity Laban College of music and dance (jazz).

Emma Rawicz is a young saxophonist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer already making her mark on the UK jazz scene, having performed her original music regularly both on the London scene as well as across the UK. She has performed at EFG London Jazz Festival both with her quartet and as part of other bands, and is experienced in performing a wide range of musical genres. Emma studied both at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chetham’s School of music and now conducts her career alongside her studies in jazz saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music. She is also part of NYJO, playing in their Jazz Orchestra and composing and playing in the Jazz Exchange Programme, as well as doing educational work as a NYJO Ambassador.

“Goddess of groove” Sophie Alloway is a freelance drummer, based in London, working in a variety of musical settings for a wide range of artists. She played drums for rapper Roots Manuva for two years; touring the UK, Australia and New Zealand with him. As well as appearing on Later With Jools Holland, Mercury Music Prize and BBC Introducing she has played top festivals including Glastonbury, Hop Farm, and Bestival; whilst also touring with the Michael Jackson musical ‘Thriller’. Sophie has recorded/performed with David McAlmont, Roots Manuva, Clean Bandit, Kenny Thomas, Hazel O’Connor, Tony Allen, Lydian Collective, Kate Dimbleby, Wild Card, Lei-An, Angelita Jimenez, John Hogg, and West End/TV/film actor Clive Rowe. In the jazz/fusion world she has worked with Jason Rebello, Harvie S, Chihiro Yamanaka, Wayne Brown, Paul Carmichael, Dill Katz, Michael Mondesir, Ugo Delmirani, John Critchinson, Mornington Lockett and George Melly. Phew!

PRE-CONCERT MEAL FROM MANDIRA’S KITCHEN

Far Pavilions
  • Pea Patties with Tamarind Chutney (Spiced peas encased in a mashed potato coating)
  • Chicken Rezala with Saffron Rice (A delicately spiced dish made made with poppy seeds, mace and whole spices), or
  • Navrattan Korma with Saffron Rice (A mixed vegetable mild curry)

How to book

Meals served from 7.15pm, Music from 8pm to about 10:20pm. Tickets £18 (£16 for Guildford Jazz Members), 50% discount for students. Meals £11.50 each. All prices include booking fees.

Please click the link below and select your tickets options on the next page. You’ll receive an email confirming your booking with the details for the gig. If you’re a Guildford Jazz member, please let us know if you have a seating preference in the “Notes ” section on the booking form or by emailing us (an up to date seating layout is below). To find out how to become a Guildford Jazz Member click here , and here for booking Terms and Conditions.


April 13th

OLA ONABULE

A rare UK performance from one of the finest vocalists and contemporary artists of our time

with – Nicolas Meier – guitar, Jacob Cywinski – double bass, Chris Nickolls – drums

British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé is known as a charismatic and sophisticated artist and entertainer. His compelling performances possess an emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity that is second to none, with a powerful impact to his live performances.

Onabulé has built an enviable career through a relentless schedule both in the recording studio and as an international touring performer.   His most recent album, POINT LESS has been listed on many international publications as one of the best albums of 2019 including Downbeat Magazine (US), All About Jazz (US) and Jazz in Europe (Europe) amongst them. 

Point Less is an activist’s call – at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity are themes considered on Point Less, rendered with a powerful and knowing generosity of spirit. Onabulé is rueful yet optimistic. 

Onabulé has always been interested in crossing cultural and musical boundaries. The emotion and virtuosity in his three-and-a-half octave baritone voice channels his poignant storytelling, which has given life to previous studio works exploring his Nigerian roots, his Western upbringing, family life, and musical influences ranging from jazz to soul, world, and pop.

Ola has performed with some of Europe’s finest big bands including The WDR, The SWR, The HR Big Band, Babelsberg Film Orchestra amongst many others. Onabulé has forged an international career via his relentless program of recordings and concerts. Ola has appeared on the main stages of many of the most respected international jazz festivals including Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Istanbul, London, Edmonton, Washington DC, San Sebastien, Umbria, as well as concert halls and jazz clubs worldwide.

In the rare UK appearance, Ole will be performing songs for us from his latest album, Point Less, with his trio led by virtuoso guitarist Nicolas Meier.

PRE-CONCERT MEAL FROM MANDIRA’S KITCHEN

Thai Delights
  • Thai Spring Rolls with a dipping sauce
  • Chicken or Vegetable Green Thai Curry
  • Jasmine Coconut Rice

How to book

Tickets on sale soon…


April 28th

To be confirmed… watch this space!

PRE-CONCERT MEAL FROM MANDIRA’S KITCHEN

Indian Feast
  • Vegetable Samosas with Tamarind Chutney (Crispy handmade pastry filled with spiced potatoes)
  • Chicken Beliram (Marinated and cooked with spices and yoghurt) or
  • Palak Paneer (Indian cheese cooked with spices, cream and spinach)
  • Lemon Rice

How to book

Tickets on sale soon…


Details for the gig

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

The performance is upstairs in the Pavilion building. 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 7pm, supper served from 7.15pm, and the performance starts at 8pm.

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

Seating layout

Capacity is still limited currently, with more-than-normal spacing between tables, and seats will be reserved for you when you book. If you’re a Guildford Jazz member, please let us know if you have a seating preference in the “Notes ” section on the booking form.

Notes on the layout:

Front row: Seats 1, 3 and 4 and 3-seater settees, and seats 2 and 5 are pairs of armchairs.

Middle tables: Tables 6 to 20 are small round tables , each seating 4 (for bookings of 1 or 2 seats, we’ll seat you at a table with others, please let us know if you have friends coming who you’d like to sit with!). Table 29 is a small round table seating 2.

Rear tables: Tables 21 to 26 are tall tables suitable for 2 people, with high stools.

Groups: Tables 27 and 28 are larger tables, ideal for groups up to 8

Covid policy

In line with current government advice, please wear masks on arrival and when moving around. And please do not attend if you are exhibiting any covid symptoms or feeling unwell.

How to find us

The address is Guildford Cricket Club Pavilion , entry from Wharf Road, Guildford GU1 4RP

There’s a car park for 30 cars alongside, and there are also parking bays along Woodbridge Road. There is also parking at the far end of the cricket ground itself. Just carry on along Woodbridge Road towards the railway bridge, and the entrance to the ground is just before the end of the green fence that runs along the perimeter of the cricket pitch, next to the Woodbridge Café. You can turn in from either direction on the Woodbridge Road, and walk back to the Pavilion on the pavement or along the edge of the cricket pitch. There is also a larger public car park at Bedford Road Car Park (GU1 4SJ), which is about 10 minutes walk away.