An intimate jazz club in a fantastic venue with great acoustics, fabulous food and careful social distancing (“It’s like having your own party – we love it!”)
SEPTEMBER 22nd ART THEMEN
“THANE & THE VILLEINS”
“A first-rate trio..an excellent set..Themen is one of the very few totally original, utterly engaging jazz musicians around” **** Dave Gelly – THE OBSERVER
with Art Themen (sax), Pete Whittaker (organ), George Double (drums) & Marianne Windham (guesting on bass)
A fantastically exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist, Art Themen has been a beloved character of the British jazz scene for over 50 years, famously combining his role as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with saxophone duties in the bands of Alexis Korner and Stan Tracey among many others. Described by The Observer as “One of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians”, he remains as brilliant and inimitable as ever.
With organist Pete Whittaker, formerly of The Nigel Price Organ Trio, and drummer George Double who has worked as sideman to Shirley Bassey and Jack Jones, Themen has formed a new trio. Their album Thane & The Villeins is a collection of groove-led re-imaginings of quirky curiosities from the jazz canon, acting as a perfect vehicle for the twinkly mischief of this genuine grandee of British jazz.
“Just once in a while one chances upon a new album that is just perfect, and love at first listen. Thane & The Villeins is one of those rare gems.” James Henry – BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
Tickets on sale soon…
OCTOBER 6th NICOLAS MEIER WORLD GROUP
and pre-concert talk, in association with GUILDFORD BOOK FESTIVAL
with pre-concert talk from Oliver Craske, author of Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar
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 talk: Oliver Craske
The concert will be preceded by a talk from 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.
Tickets for the evening are £20 (£18 for Guildford Jazz Members) , and will be on sale soon
Presented in collaboration with Guildford Book Festival
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, and a larger public car park at Bedford Road Car Park (GU1 4SJ), which is about 10 minutes walk away.