Jazz at the Cricket Pavilion

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!”


MAY 19th LIZZIE BALL

An evening of joyful music designed to get your feet tapping and put a big smile on your “happy to be back here” face with effervescent, stylish singer and violin maestro Lizzie Ball , guitar maestro Nicolas Meier, percussionist Demi Garcia and Marianne Windham on double bass.

A prolific performer, Lizzie Ball has been on the international stage for two decades as a multi genre violinist, vocalist, bandleader and founder of Classical Kicks Productions. She founded Classical Kicks in 2012 to bring classical music out of the concert hall to a wider audience, with diverse performers, with key performances including at Bestival and a residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (both upstairs and main house).

In 2018, Lizzie was awarded an honorary degree for her services to music by University of Derby, featured in The Daily Mail as one of the UK’s 50 most inspirational females making an impact, and in 2020 she was made Guest Director of Vilnius based dynamic young chamber orchestra, ‘Mikroórkestra’. Her multi-faceted achievements also include as soloist/orchestra leader for a variety of artists, projects and tours including a performance at Madison Square Gardens, working with Hugh Jackman,Jeff Beck, Brian Wilson,, Ariana Grande and Liam Gallagher, as well as long- term collaboration with Nigel Kennedy as Leader of his Orchestra of Life. Lizzie also regularly fronts her band at Ronnie Scotts. 

Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more — all mixed with jazz — Meier’s versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that, even. It’s a great delight to also welcome back Demi Garcia! A percussionist and and drummer specialising in Flamenco, Jazz, Latin and Arabic music, Demi has worked all over the world teaching and performing with some of the greatest artists and venues, and last played for us in Guildford for our Christmas concert with Gabrielle Ducomble.

“Lizzie Ball lit the place on fire with her solos” – San Francisco Chronicle

“The audience seemed mesmerised especially when Lizzie Ball took a solo” – Rolling Stone Magazine

How to book tickets

Tickets are £18, or £16 for members* , and numbers are strictly limited so early booking is advised.

There are 2 performances in the evening – catch the early set from 6.30pm to 7.45pm or relax with the late night jazz vibe from 8.45pm to 10pm. Seats will be reserved for you and are spaced out very comfortably to conform to social distancing guidelines. There’s a seating plan below, please select your preferred seating area on the booking form, and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

Supper is a very popular option also, with meals provided by Mandira’s Kitchen and served to your table before the gig starts. The menu this month is:

Biryani and Bubbles!

  • Veg Samosas (Crispy handmade pastry filled with spiced potatoes)
  • Chicken/Veg Biriyani (Fragrant Basmati rice, chicken or fresh vegetables cooked in traditional Dum style with whole spices)
  • Aubergine Raita (Smoked Aubergine in a cooling yoghurt)
  • Pineapple Chutney

Mandira’s Kitchen is a local independent catering  company based at Silent Pool , and their food is guaranteed “truly scrumptious”. Meals are £10 each and must be pre-ordered – please select your option with your ticket booking.

Last few tickets remaining for the early set….

* 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.


JUNE 2nd ENRICO TOMASSO

Our “Summer of Jazz ’21” Season opener, with one of the UK’s finest trumpeters, Enrico Tomasso. A lifelong friend of Louis Armstrong, Enrico has worked with Bryan Ferry, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Claire Teal, Ray Gelato and many more. An exciting stage presence and a lively personality, combined with Enrico’s fine command of his instrument and stylistic invention, place him among the finest jazz stars of today.

With a very warm welcome back to Guildford to the most swinging of pianists, John Pearce, and and the legendary Bobby Worth on drums!

“Tomasso is the swing trumpeter par excellence” – Jazzwise

How to book tickets

Tickets are £18, or £16 for members (click here if you would like to find out more about becoming a member).

While social distancing requirements continue, we are will be holding 2 performances in the evening – catch the early set from 6.30pm to 7.45pm or relax with the late night jazz vibe from 8.45pm to 10pm. Seats will be reserved for you and are spaced out very comfortably to conform to social distancing guidelines. There’s a seating plan below, please select your preferred seating area on the booking form, and we’ll do our best to accommodate. If social distancing requirements have been lifted before the performance date, we will revert to an all-evening event, from 8pm to late. All pre-booked tickets will be valid and we will notify you in advance. 

Supper this month is a delicious home-cooked Thai meal of Vegetable Spring Rolls and Thai green chicken or green vegetarian curry and steamed rice, from the Thai Kitchen in Compton, served to your table before the gig starts. Meals are £10 each, by pre-order only. Please select your menu option with your ticket booking.


JULY 7th THE MAGIC OF MANCINI

NIGHTINGALE/BARNES/WATERMAN ALL STARS SEXTET

A tribute to the music of the great Henry Mancini, considered to be one of the greatest composers in the history of film—winner of 4 Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and 20 Grammy Awards—and writer of such memorable songs as “The Pink Panther Theme’, “Moon River” and “The Peter Gunn Theme”, from a sextet featuring some of the top names on the British Jazz Scene.

Expect a fresh approach to these classic Mancini tunes, with inventive solos, virtuosic musicianship and a highly entertaining evening!

Featuring

ALAN BARNES (sax), STEVE WATERMAN (trumpet), MARK NIGHTINGALE (trombone), GARETH WILLIAMS (piano), CLARK TRACEY (drums), Marianne Windham (bass)

How to book tickets

Tickets are £18, or £16 for members (click here if you would like to find out more about becoming a member).

While social distancing requirements continue, we are will be holding 2 performances in the evening – catch the early set from 6.30pm to 7.45pm or relax with the late night jazz vibe from 8.45pm to 10pm. Seats will be reserved for you and are spaced out very comfortably to conform to social distancing guidelines. There’s a seating plan below, please select your preferred seating area on the booking form, and we’ll do our best to accommodate. If social distancing requirements have been lifted before the performance date, we will revert to an all-evening event, from 8pm to late. All pre-booked tickets will be valid and we will notify you in advance. 

Supper this month is a classic Indian dish provided by Mandira’s Kitchen and served to your table before the gig starts. Mandira’s Kitchen is a local independent catering  company based at Silent Pool , and their food is guaranteed “truly scrumptious”. Meals are £10 each and must be pre-ordered – please select your option with your ticket booking.

Curry On!

  • Onion Bhajis)
  • Butter Chicken/Butter Paneer
  • Saffron Rice

Seating layout

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.