Wood Street Jazz Festival

Sunday July 18th

12:30 to 5:30pm

Yes, it’s back! Bigger and better than ever, with the line-up including:

  • Infectious grooves from DENNIS ROLLINS and his VELOCITY TRIO
  • Superstar vocalist LOUISE CLARE MARSHALL
  • Music from the classic Blue Note Jazz label from STUART HENDERSON’s “BACK TO BLUE NOTE” QUINTET
  • An opening set from THE SOMETHIN’ ELSE BIG BAND

And with huge thanks to our friends at the Shaheen Tandoori Restaurant, you can pre-order an Indian meal of Chicken or Vegetable Tikka Masala with Onion Bhaji, Pilao Rice, Nan and Sag Aloo for just £10, ALL the proceeds of which will also go to Challengers! There will be also be wood fired pizzas and icecreams and a bar serving real ales and Pimms,

So bring your picnic rugs and chairs, sunscreen and umbrellas, friends and family, and join us for a wonderful afternoon of fantastic live jazz in support of a great cause.

Full programme below. Tickets booked in advance are £20 each or £36 for a household of 2 (£18 and £34 for Guildford Jazz Members) and free for Under 18s. All proceeds in support of Challengers.

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Enormous thanks to our sponsors, Surrey County Council, University of Surrey, and Rydes Hill Preparatory School and Nursery

“Thank you for a splendid afternoon and for raising such an amazing amount for Challengers! It was thoroughly enjoyable and, as always, Marianne pulled out all the stops to make it such a great event. Roll on the next one!” – Jazz Festival Attendee.

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About the Musicians

Dennis Rollins “Velocity Trio”

Dennis Rollins (MBE) – Trombone, Ross Stanley- Hammond Organ, Luca Caruso- Drums

Dennis Rollins, photo credit Darren Cowley

Rollins’ latest project is the Velocity Trio, a brilliant marriage of refined contemporary jazz arrangements with simmering grooves that appeals to multiple generations of jazz, funk and world music fans.

“…Rarely can an instrumental trio have produced such a rich and varied tonal range.” London Evening Standard

Featuring Hammond organ virtuoso Ross Stanley and rising star Luca Caruso on drums, their unique trombone-Hammond organ-drums line-up honours the jazz tradition while pushing it forward at the same time. The ‘electric’ energy of the group also covers a wide area, ranging from atmospheric ethereal melodies (from Rollins’ harmonised horn) to terra firma straight-ahead jazz.

Dennis say’s “Together as a trio we’ve drawn our collective influences to pen what we feel is an exciting programme. The music combines crazy time shifts with infectious grooves. We aim to take the listener on a ‘roller-coaster’ musical journey.”

“Infectiously accessible, playful jazz” – John Fordham, The Guardian

Click here to see and hear Dennis Rollins and the trio on YouTube playing Samba Galactica from the album “The 11th Gate” .

Louise Clare Marshall Quartet

with Mike Outram – guitar, Stefan Redtenbacher – bass, Mike Sturgis – drums

Louise Clare Marshall photo credit Michael Butterworth

That smoky voice, surely the by-product of fiery passion, lilts between octaves, smouldering in the embers of truth’s tinderbox. That voice, flowing lava-like, sprung from Vulcan eruptions and shifting tectonic plates, the voice you’ve heard in songs as diverse as the house music hit Cerrone vs. Sweet Connection’s “Misunderstanding” to Jools Holland’s “I Went By”, regardless of genre, there is no debate: that voice burns. (put this para in bold)

That massive voice belongs to Louise Clare Marshall, a musical ingénue since 15 months of age and immersed in music from her youth, later joining the National Youth Choir before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Louise has worked with Beverley Knight, David Gilmour, Michael Ball, Marti Pellow, Chris Difford, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Eric Stewart, Madeline Bell, Sheila Ferguson, Sam Brown, Russell Watson, Steve Winwood, Paul Young, Don Blackman, Solomon Burke, Karl Jenkins and John Rutter, to name but a few.

Whether performing on tour with BBC’s Jools Holland or Roxy Music, playing piano, performing with The BBC Big Band singing Ella Fitzgerald or Aretha Franklin’s American Songbook, Louise’s sonic skills span across genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Electronic, Classical or Gospel music. And all the while, her voice resonates, crackles, pops and burns as a phoenix rises from the flame.


Stuart Henderson – trumpet, Ollie Weston – tenor sax, Tom Berge – piano and organ, Raph Mizraki – double bass and percussion, Simon Price – drums

The two words ‘Blue Note’ immediately evoke the unique sounds and visual images of this classic jazz record label. Founded by German emigres, Alfred Lyon and Francis Wolf, in 1939, the label enjoyed its greatest days in the 1950s and 1960s with a stunning catalogue of innovative records. One hit record followed hard on the heels of another by the brightest stars in the jazz firmament – Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver and Jimmy Smith amongst a host of others.

‘It is our great privilege to be able to play some of these fabulous charts today and also to have unearthed some lesser-known gems that have never received the “air time” they deserve’Stuart Henderson

Back to Blue Note is an album dedicated to the giants of the classic era of the most famous jazz record label of all.

Somethin’ Else Big Band

We are delighted to welcome the Somethin’ Else Big Band, led by MD Chris Green, to open the Festival with a fantastic set of toe-tapping, finger-clicking classic Big Band Swing and Latin music.

Band line-up:

Trumpets:           Nigel Winter, Phil Kirby, Matt Nash, Graham Varley  

Saxophones:      Sue Coulson, Sue Williams, Steph Hinson, Martin Hinson, Sam Parker, Neil Clift

Trombones:       Steve Powell, Roland Knight , Nat Daw, Andrew Butcher, John Markham

Rhythm:             Ed Kinsella (piano), David Ward (guitar), Marianne Windham (bass), Dave Evetts (drums)

Vocals:               Katie Crooks

MD:                    Chris Green

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