Wood Street Jazz Festival

Sunday July 17th 2022

Wood Street Jazz Festival is back for it’s 8th year in 2002, taking place on Sunday 17th July, with a programme of music including the award winning sextet of Nigel Price paying homage to the great guitarist Wes Montgomery, plus the Claude Deppa/Clare Hirst Latin Salsa band, and of course the Somethin’ Else Big Band with guest artist Gareth Lockrane to open the afternoon!

You can purchase your tickets here.

We’re looking forward to an amazing afternoon of live music on Wood Street Village Green, from 12.30pm to 5pm (Gates open from 12pm)

Tickets booked in advance are £20 (£18 for Guildford Jazz Members), or £70 for a group of 4 (under 18s are free).   Similar to last year, there will be the chance to pre-order food again with a choice of chicken tikka masala or vegetable tikka masala both with sag bhaji, onion bhaji, pilau rice, naan bread & pickles.   We are very grateful for The Shahin Restaurant for donating all of the curries to the event.

Due to the unpredictable British weather, this year the stage will be placed under a marquee in case of the chance of rain. We also have a limited number of gazebo and camper van pitches available, so book soon to guarantee your pitch!

There’s plenty of on-site parking, disabled toilets and a bar. Feel free to bring a picnic if not ordering an Indian meal, and picnic chairs/rugs. There are details at the bottom of the page on how to find us.

Every penny raised at this event supports disabled young people to access play and leisure at Challengers. Thank you very much for your continued support, we look forward to you joining us for an afternoon of Jazz on the green.

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The Programme

NIGEL PRICE SEXTET “Wes Reimagined

with VASILIS XENOPOULOS & TONY KOFI

Main stage 15:45

Playing the music of jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery from his critically acclaimed album, Wes Reimagined, Nigel Price is joined by the brilliant Vasilis Xenopoulos on tenor saxophone and Tony Kofi on alto sax. Expect a set full of the highest quality straight ahead jazz delivered with huge energy, exciting interplay, virtuosic blues-drenched soloing, and a ton of soul!

Nigel Price is an award-winning guitarist with a career spanning more than 25 years. One of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today, his flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and his mastery of chording delighting audiences and fellow musicians alike. A regular at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club where has made more than 500 appearances, Nigel has played on more than 50 albums and has also worked tirelessly to organise his own tours as well as being awarded Parliamentary and British Jazz Awards.

Saxophonist, composer and educator Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation and a genuine representative of straight ahead jazz. London became his permanent home after graduating with honours from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and establishing himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. He has worked with some of the best musicians of the International Jazz Scene as a band leader, a section leader and as a guest soloist at various projects.

Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents, a player of the Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor saxophones and flute. He has won two BBC and two Parliamentary Jazz Awards as well as a MOBO award nomination. A member of the Jazz Warriors and Gary Cosby’s Nu Troop, Tony’s awards include the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards – Best Ensemble, Radio 3 Jazz line up album of the year 2005 and 2008 BBC Jazz Awards – Best Instrumentalist as well as also being nominated for a MOBO in 2008. He has worked with a diverse roster of artists including the World Saxophone Quartet, Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph Big Band, Ornette Coleman and Harry Connick Jr. His fluent and fiery hard-bop style makes him constantly in demand, and we are delighted to welcome him back to the Wood Street Festival after his appearance here with Byron Wallen in 2017!

With Rob Barron on piano, Joel Barford on drums, Marianne Windham on bass

“Downright irresistible…” – The Guardian ****

THE CLAUDE DEPPA/CLARE HIRST BAND

Main stage 14:00

With influences from Township Jive to Brazilian Samba and Jamaican Reggae, all mixed with a heady jazz cocktail!

The Deppa Hirst Band has performed at Marlborough, Greenwich and Ipswich Swanage Jazz Festivals, and features South African jazz trumpeter Claude Deppa, probably best known for his work with the Brotherhood of Breath and Carla Bley, and saxophonist Clare Hirst, who has written and played on many recordings with artists such as David Bowie, The Communards, Mica Paris and Hazel O’Connor.

Featuring Claude Deppa – trumpet, Clare Hirst – sax, Paul Weinreb – piano, Andre Mathurin – bass, Sami D – drums

THE SOMETHIN’ ELSE BIG BAND

Main stage 12:30

An opening set from the Somethin’ Else Big Band and their special guest, the brilliant flautist Gareth Lockrane!

ACOUSTIC ACTS

This year we’re delighted to also showcase some local talent in the Guildford Jazz Acoustic Sets, featuring vocalist Rosie Stevens

Our Sponsors

With grateful thanks to our sponsors, Surrey County Council, Rydes Hill Preparatory School and Nursery and local streaming and hi-fi specialists Ultimate Stream.

The thanks to our sponsors Ultimate Stream, Surrey’s Hi-Fi Music Streaming Specialists

Also to the huge generosity of the Shaheen Tandoor Restaurant for donating ALL the proceeds from their delicious Indian meals. Thanks also to David Pibworth Stage Hire for the staging inside the marquee.

A look back at 2021…

Enormous thanks to all our friends and supporters who joined us for for the sun-drenched 2021 Wood Street Jazz Festival! As well as being a fantastic afternoon of live music featuring some top jazz artists, the Festival also raised a whopping £12,500 for Challengers!

Artists included Dennis Rollins (MBE) with his Velocity Trio with Ross Stanley and Pedro Segundo; Louise Clare Marshall with Mike Outram, Stefan Redtenbacher and Mike Sturgis; Stuart Henderson with Ollie Weston, Tom Berge, Raph Mizraki and Simon Price; and the Somethin’ Else Big Band led by Graham Varley.

Thanks to Kevin Freeman from Guildford Photographic Society for these wonderful pictures of the musicians (all photos copyright Kevin Freeman, not to be used without permission):

The Festival

Thanks also to Emily Blackley from Challengers for these pictures of the Festival, and to all the volunteers from Challengers and Guildford Jazz!


How to find us

The address is Wood Street Village Green, GU3 3EU

There’ll be marshalls on site to direct you to the parking area at the far end of the Green.

Gates open from 12pm