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….

October 6th Nicolas Meier World Group and Guildford Book Festival

November 17th Georgia Mancio

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



& pre concert talk in association with GUILDFORD BOOK FESTIVAL

Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar”

Presented by Oliver Craske


Richard Jones violin
Kevin Glasgow bass
Demi Garcia percussion
Nicolas Meier fretted & fretless nylon string guitars and glissentar

In just a few short years, UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern and Middle Eastern music, flamenco, tango and more – all mixed with jazz – his versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that… so much so that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend Jeff Beck who has since made Nicolas a mainstay in the Jeff Beck Group, taking him on two world tours over the past several years.

Meier originally hails from Switzerland. Born in 1973 to parents who are great lovers of the arts, with wide-ranging musical tastes extending to the classical, jazz, Latin, flamenco, rock, and even pop genres. A true gipsy spirit with a disciplined maestro’s touch, Nicolas has embraced a number of different cultures and studied their music forms, nuances and idiosyncrasies.

Having made a lasting impression on gentlemen like Jeff Beck, Bill Bruford and Steve Vai – to name just a few – Nicolas Meier is unquestionably one of today’s most well-rounded, ambitious, masterful up-and-coming talents on guitar.

Nicolas Meier World Group’s new album Peaceful features the talented Demi Garcia on percussion, Richard Jones on violin and Kevin Glasgow on bass. Together they capture the beautiful colours of the different folk sounds they incorporate in the world compositions written by Nicolas. They will make you dream and travel.

“Technically dazzling and genuinely exciting” – Jazzman review of Live, June 2020

Pre-concert: Oliver Craske In Conversation with Tony Haynes from the Grand Union Orchestra

The concert will be preceded by an interview with Oliver Craske, author of Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar, with an introduction to the incredible world of Indian music and culture that Ravi Shankar did so much to bring into people’s lives in this country from the 1950s onwards. This story is told partly through some of those Ravi influenced, such as The Beatles, John Coltrane, Yehudi Menuhin and Nitin Sawhney, and through his remarkable personal story – from child star in Paris to legendary appearances at Monterey Pop and Woodstock Festivals, and far more.

Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar was published by Faber & Faber in 2020, and was nominated as a Book of the Year in The Times, The Spectator, Times Literary Supplement, Library Journal and BBC Music.


Supper from Mandira’s Kitchen is available for pre-order


Veg Samosas with Tamarind Chutney
(Crispy handmade pastry filled with spiced potatoes)

Berry Pulao
(Fragrant basmati rice, spices and cranberries – as served in the Iranian cafes of Bombay)

Chicken (or Paneer) Rezala
(A delicately spiced dish made made with poppy seeds, maceand whole spices – from the royal kitchen of Lucknow)

Dal Makhani
(Smoky black lentils – a real Delhi favourite)

Meals are £10, please pre-order with your ticket booking

How to book

Doors open at 6.30, meals served from 6.45pm, pre-concert talk starts 7.30pm, music 8.30 pm to 10:15pm.

Tickets £20 (£18 for Guildford Jazz Members). Meals £10, Please click the link below and select your tickets options on the next page.

Presented in collaboration with Guildford Book Festival




“consistently beguiling across a huge range of material” – Jazzwise ★★★★

with Kate Williams (piano), Marianne Windham (bass), and Dave Ohm (drums)

“[Mancio] has everything covered – technical mastery, expressive range and a remarkable versatility” The Observer ★★★★

Multi award-winning /nominated vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, is one of Europe’s most respected, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her multi-lingual music references classic jazz and Latin alongside her own astonishing writing, always stamped with an unfailing emotional integrity.In March 2021, Georgia released her 8th album – Quiet Is The Star, and the second in partnership with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Alan Broadbent. Their first album, Songbook (2017), was launched at a sold out headline show at Ronnie Scott’s (“unequivocally, one of the gigs of the year” Jazzwise) with subsequent performances across Europe and the US, including famed New York clubs Dizzy’s (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Kitano and Mezzrow.

The strengthening bond between these performers and songwriters is sealed by the concurrent publication of their first book – The Songs of Alan Broadbent and Georgia Mancio, featuring all their 33 originals, co-written between 2014 and 2020.

Georgia’s previous release, Finding Home (2019), was co-produced with pianist/composer Kate Williams and her acclaimed Four Plus Three ensemble with special guest classical guitarist John Williams. Critically lauded it won Best Album in 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

From 2010-2014 Georgia produced her now iconic ReVoice! Festival in association with the Pizza Express Jazz Club. Across 5 multi-venue editions she presented over 160 artists including: Rebecca Parris, Tuck & Patti, Raul Midon, Gregory Porter (his first UK booking), Beady Belle, Carleen Anderson, Carmen Souza, Karin Krog and Diana Torto/Kenny Wheeler/John Taylor and performed 44 sets herself.

Since 2017 Georgia has produced 3 editions of her new series, Hang, showcasing her ever-evolving creativity as a curator and collaborative kudos and versatility with artists including Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Nigel Price, Nikki Iles, Alina Bzhezhinska, Gareth Lockrane, Trish Clowes and Tom Cawley.

Georgia’s other credits include 2019 BBC Proms (soloist and UK Vocal Assembly), Bobby McFerrin, Bobby Wellins, Gwilym Simcock, Jason Rebello, Robert Mitchell, Darius Brubeck, Pat Metheny (lyric approval) and multiple nominations in the Parliamentary, British Jazz and Urban Music Awards

“a force to be reckoned with” BBC Online


Supper from Mandira’s Kitchen is available for pre-order at £10 each


Vada Pao
(Mumbai’s answer to a chip butty – spiced patties with chutneys in a brioche bun)

Calcutta Chilli Chicken/Paneer
(Made just the way Mum makes it)

Lemon Rice

Mango & Cardamom Ice Cream

How to book

Meals served from 7.15pm, Music from 8pm to about 10:20pm.

Tickets £18 (£16 for Guildford Jazz Members). Meals £10, Please click the link below and select your tickets options on the next page. You’ll receive an email confirming your booking and all the details for the gig are below.

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.

For most performances, doors open from 7pm, supper served from 7.15pm, and the performance starts at 8pm.

Please note for October 6th, doors open at 6.30pm, supper will be served from 6.45pm, pre-concert talk starts 7.30pm, music 8.30 pm to 10:15pm.

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

Covid policy

In line with government advice, we ask that you wear masks on arrival and when moving around please, and keep a appropriate distance from others . There will be some windows open to ensure there is good ventilation, and surfaces will be cleaned before you arrive. We are currently limiting numbers to the event, and ask you to sign in with your contact details on arrival please, for track and trace. And please do not attend if you are exhibiting any covid symptoms or feeling unwell. Most of our audience are likely to have been double vaccinated but the NHS Covid pass is not currently a legal requirement. We will keep this under review.

If government policy changes, or local infection rates require a different approach, we will be of course be in touch.

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.