Dennis Rollins presents ‘Funky-Funk!’ an electrifying 6-piece outfit exploring funky grooves, fat bass-lines and sumptuous melodies. “Funky-Funk! is a seriously funky band with an infectious sound… you can’t help but ‘get your groove on’ when you hear it!

An all star line-up as two of the top jazz soloists in the country, Martin Shaw on trumpet and flugelhorn and internationally renowned trombonist Mark Nightingale, front a quintet featuring the multi award winning pianist David Newton and Jamie Cullum’s drummer Sebastiaan de Krom, with Guildford Jazz anchor Marianne Windham on bass.

Meals from 7.15pm, Music from 8pm.

Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or even jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll fall for this” Observer ★★★★

Blending Peter Oxley’s sophisticated English pastoralism with Nic Meier’s fiery exotic sensibility, this fascinating fusion is opulent with evocative splendour. These hugely expressive and resourceful musicians use an array of 4-, 6- and 12-string guitars to spin mysterious narratives, conjuring entire worlds.

SARA DOWLING 

With Ross Stanley (piano), Marianne Windham (bass), Steve Brown (drums) 

Voted Best Vocalist in the British Jazz Awards 2019, Sara Dowling is one of the most talented jazz singers in the UK, with a compelling stage presence.  Her most important influences are Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan. 

Although her vocal approach is steeped in the jazz idiom and its repertoire, Sara is now coming forth with her own original sound that resonates in her compositions as well as her unique approach to standards.

NYJO alumna Amy Winehouse is undoubtably one of the greatest musical talents to come out of the UK. Her unmistakable character, vocal dexterity and masterful songwriting made her a pop icon. Her tragic passing makes her one of the most sorely missed artists in recent memory. Now, ten years on, her music still shines, undiminished, in all its defiant brilliance.

This concert celebrates Amy’s enduring legacy, reimagining hits and revisiting early works she sang with the 24-piece National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a promising 16-year-old singer, back in 2000. We aim to honour her life, and her work, with a performance that fans of big band jazz, and Amy obsessives will enjoy together.

A rare UK performance from one of the finest vocalists and contemporary artists of our time and featuring virtuoso guitarist Nicolas Meier, with Jacob Cywinski on double bass, Chris Nickolls on drums.

British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé is known as a charismatic and sophisticated artist and entertainer. His compelling performances possess an emotional intensity and vocal virtuosity that is second to none, with a powerful impact to his live performances.  Meals from 7.15pm, Music from 8pm.

An evening in the company of one of the UK’s most popular jazz musicians with Robin Aspland on piano, Marianne Windham on double bass, Alfonso Vitale on drums.

Everyone in music knows Alan Barnes as one of our greatest jazz musicians, winning the BBC Jazz Awards many times, playing clarinet, alto & baritone saxophones, both in smaller intimate jazz clubs and on larger concert hall stages with equal creativity, all with charismatic, engaging humour. Meals from 7.15pm, Music from 8pm.

Born in Durham,  Jo Harrop cut her teeth as a session singer, working with a host of iconic artists including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Gloria Gaynor and Enrique Iglesias.

After moving to London, she quickly established herself as one of the most unmistakable voices in British jazz, performing everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to the Sunset Sunside Jazz Club in Paris. Having signed to London-based jazz label, Lateralize Records, she recently received a raft of rapturous reviews for Weathering The Storm, her debut with guitarist, Jamie McCredie. Recorded live in one or two takes the Guardian dubbed it ‘a little gem of an album: simple, modest and perfect’.

Appearing at Guildford Jazz, Jo is joined by multi-award winning guitarist Nigel Price, one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today whose blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues feeling and mastery of chording has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences. And we’re delighted to also welcome the amazing Italian drummer and percussionist Emiliano Caroselli, with Marianne completing the lineup on double bass.

BRANDON ALLEN

THE STANLEY TURRENTINE PROJECT

A salute to the earthy, irresistibly groovy music of Blue Note and CTI Records jazz legend Stanley Turrentine from arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today.

The repertoire of the ‘Stanley Turrentine Project’ draws from Turrentine’s releases on the Bluenote and CTI labels.  In addition, some of Turrentine’s renditions of rock/pop hits of the 60’s and 70’s will be reimagined by Brandon’s exciting new quartet. Expect soulful saxophone playing accompanied by a hard swinging and funky rhythm section.

Featuring Brandon Allen – tenor saxophone, Will Barry – piano/keys, Arnie Somogyi- basses, Shaney Forbes- drums.£18

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