Jazz at The Pavilion

Our jazz nights at the Guildford Rugby Club Pavilion are held on the second Wednesday of each month. The seating is cabaret style and there’s a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! A very reasonably priced supper is also available before the gig – just reserve your table when you book your tickets.

The address is Guildford Rugby Club, Guildford Road, Godalming GU7 3BU (there’s a map and directions at the bottom of this page),  or please contact us if you need help. If you haven’t been before, please email us at info@guildfordjazz.org.uk if you’d like any more information.

The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. To book for payment by credit card, BACS or to reserve tickets for cash payment on the night, please click the links below each concert to add the ticket type to your shopping basket, then click on “View Basket” (or “Cart” on the top menu). From your basket, select the number of tickets you want and click through to checkout where you’ll be given the payment options. There’s no booking fee for any of the payment options but there are discounts for Guildford Jazz members. If you’re not already a member, please click here to find out more about the benefits, and how to join. You can add membership to your basket and get the discount on tickets straight away (please note that although there are benefits in joining, all Guildford Jazz events are open to everyone – there is no need to become a member to attend!)

We’ll send you a confirmation email of your booking when you’ve completed the order. If you have any problems with the online booking just contact us here.

Coming up…

January 8th Martin Speake/Alyson Cawley Quintet

January 8th


“Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.” – Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

Martin Speake is one of the UK’s most prominent alto sax players. An award-winning musician, Martin has been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene since the mid 80’s. Citing Charlie Parker, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Rabih Abou Khalil amongst his major influences, Martin has developed a personal musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz and an individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and profound.  A member of the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers in the 80s, Martin has recorded over 20 albums under is own name including the internationally acclaimed ECM release Change Of Heart with Paul Motian, Bobo Stenson and Mick Hutton. Martin is a committed jazz educator and in addition to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance he teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School.

Alyson Cawley on tenor saxophone and clarinet studied at Leeds College of Music before gaining a post-graduate diploma from the Guildhall College of Music and Drama. She played lead tenor saxophone with NYJO in the late 1990’s, toured Europe with acid-jazz outfit the Herbaliser, appeared as a musician in films and played in Incognito and the James Taylor Quartet. Alyson also fronted her own straight ahead quintet, playing at Ronnie Scott’s and in festivals nationwide, she played with the Alan Barnes nonet and also played regularly in the BBC Big Band. She now appears with the Ronnie Scott Big Band, Echoes of Ellington Orchestra, Benny Goodman Orchestra and continues to lead her own Quintet and Quartet.

The quintet this evening also features the exceptional Colin Oxley on guitar, Matt Fishwick on drums, and Marianne on bass.

If you’re not already a member of Guildford Jazz, please click here to find out more about the benefits, and how to join. You can add membership to your basket and get the discount on tickets straight away.


The Rugby club is on the main A3100 road between Guildford and Godalming, about 3 miles from Guildford town centre.  The club has a large car park, and the jazz club is held upstairs in the main Pavilion.   Coming south on the A3 from London/M25, it’s best to take the Compton exit, rather than going through Guildford town centre. As you come down the A3, go past the Guildford turnoff and ignore the turning off for the A31, then take the next exit onto the B3000 – it’s signposted to Compton and Godalming/Farnham. The slip road takes you to a roundabout – go left towards Compton/Godalming. Then just stay on that road for about 3 miles – eventually you’ll go over a humpback bridge then you get to a roundabout, just after the crematorium. Turn right, on the A3100 towards Godalming and the Rugby club is then on your right, shortly after the Citroen garage on the left.