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Wood Street Village Jazz Festival 2019 – Sunday 21st July
The Wood Street Jazz Festival 2019 is on Sunday 21st July from 1pm-5pm in a large marquee on Wood Street Village Green, with a fantastic programme of live music, a bar serving Pimms and Real Ales from the Hogs Back Brewery, plenty of parking and a village green to spread out on. So bring chairs and tables, a picnic and a group of friends, and enjoy a wonderful afternoon.
Tickets are just £12 in advance, or £40 for a group of 4 – U18s admission is free – with all the proceeds going to support Challengers, who break down the barriers to play for disabled children and young people in the Guildford community and beyond.
We are delighted to welcome the ever popular Somethin’ Else Big Band, led by MD Chris Green, to open this year’s Wood Street Festival, with their very special guest, award winning jazz vocalist Georgia Mancio!
Next Up is the Simon Allen Quartet. Simon Allen is one of the most exciting saxophonists on the UK jazz scene. Stan Tracey CBE’s sideman for 8 years, and a member of Clark Tracey’s award winning Quintet for 7 years prior to that, Simon’s playing has been described as “joyously uninhibited” (Chris Parker). Simon’s playing has also been featured in the bands of Laurence Cottle, Steve Waterman, Don Weller, Alan Barnes, and many more, including pop stars Robbie Williams, Beverley Knight and Katie Melua. Simon is a regular at many UK jazz venues, including Ronnie Scotts’ and the 606 jazz club, and he has toured the world with acts including Jamie Cullum, Colin Towns, Matthew Herbert and Gloria Gaynor. In 2014 Simon was appointed Head of Jazz at the prestigious Purcell School of Music. The Guardian says he “brings a searing urgency and an anthemic soul-jazzy heat.”
Headlining this year is the magnificent Alan Barnes / Bruce Adams Quintet. The headline act for the festival features an all star lineup lead by saxophonist Alan Barnes, a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. Alan’s unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz, and he has received over 25 British Jazz Awards and twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.
Trumpeter Bruce Adams is one the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers. He has worked with many of the great jazz names and as a special guest soloist with both the Scottish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Big Band, and his long-running musical partnership with Alan Barnes has produced many plaudits and acclaimed recordings. He has been a regular jazz poll-winner and with his spectacular range and power on the instrument has been in demand as a lead and jazz trumpet man.
This event is being very generously sponsored by Graham Varley of Cedar Consulting, Rydes Hill School, and the University of Surrey. Guildford Jazz aims to bring Britain’s finest musicians to a local audience in an intimate and welcoming jazz club environment. Described as the “Ronnie Scott’s of Surrey”, the club currently runs two very popular gigs a month: a Jazz Cafe at the Electric Theatre, and a jazz night at Guildford Rugby Club Pavilion. The club also supports and encourages jazz within the local community by hosting jam sessions and workshops, as well as charity events. There are more details on all events and how to get involved at their website.
When & where
Wood Street Green
Wood Street Village
Sunday 21st July 2019 - 1:00pm
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