Jazz at the Cricket Pavilion


Allison Neale Quartet

*** Last few tickets remaining ***

“An Alto sound like brushed velvet…” – Jazz Review

Unique on the UK jazz scene, American-born Allison Neale’s alto saxophone sound is instantly appealing. Her playing has the light wispy, airy quality from the “cool jazz”, West Coast school of Paul Desmond of which she is widely regarded as one of the finest exponents on today’s scene.

“Art Pepper, Paul Desmond, early Lee Konitz hover around the edges of her playing, which floats like a musical butterfly before landing on a flower next to your heart “ – Melody Express

In her early years she performed alongside leading international artists such as Ellington vocalist Adelaide Hall and altoist Bud Shank and was a featured member of the John Dankworth ‘Generations Band’ and the ‘Back to Basie’ Orchestra.

Her most recent critically acclaimed album “Quietly There” (Ubuntu Music, Sept 2020), was inspired by Allison’s love for the music and the musical partnership of Jim Hall and Paul Desmond. Allison will be playing music from the album for us, and who better to join her in paying tribute to this celebrated partnership than award winning guitarist Colin Oxley, along with Matt Fishwick on drums and Marianne on double bass.

“It’s an alto saxophone sound rarely heard nowadays, cool but intimate, each phrase ending with a tiny shiver of vibrato, and no one deploys it with more delicacy or grace than Allison Neale. This is her musical voice, instantly recognisable, and it remains its calm, fluent self whatever the surroundings.” – Dave Gelly, The Observer ****

Highly recommended!

There will be 2 performances in the evening, at 6.30pm and 8.45pm, to comply with the 10pm finishing time. Seating will be pre-allocated and spaced out very comfortably for social distancing. Numbers are strictly limited so please book soon. Tickets are £16/£18 for non-members*

* if you’re not already a member please consider joining! It’s not expensive and benefits include discounts on all gigs – click here for details, and just add it to your basket if you’d like to join.

Meals are also available, served to your table before the gig starts, for £10 each. Mandira’s Kitchen is a local independent catering  company based at Silent Pool , and their food is guaranteed “truly scrumptious”. On the menu this month is a tangy Chinese Platter (meat or veg):

  • Manchurian chicken or vegetables served with 
  • Vegetable fried rice and
  • Vegetable spring rolls with dipping sauce

The 6.30 performance is sold out, sorry, but there are a few tickets left for 8.45pm. Please click the link below and on the next page select your ticket type and food options. Thank you!

Socially distanced jazz bubbles at the Cricket Club:

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.