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‘Beat’  series -  Guildford Jazz’s Arts Council England funded project to help jazz clubs attract a younger audience, October 2022 - March 2023.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Guildford Jazz is to present 'Beat', a series of standing only shows featuring leading young jazz musicians with events taking place between October 2022 and March 2023. Details attached.



Over the last few years, the UK has become home to a diverse, accessible and newly confident new jazz scene whose innovative sounds are liberating the genre for new audiences. That vibrant UK new jazz scene is now coming to Guildford as Guildford Jazz teams up with the Boileroom to present some of the best and hippest new UK jazz, funk, afro sound, and blues fusion artists.

The “Beat” series, which is co-funded by Arts Council England, kicks off on October 21st with visionary saxophonist Camilla George’s up- temp feast of afrobeat hip hop and jazz. Other artists appearing in the series are Mark Kavuma’s Banger Factory, Yolanda Charles Project Ph, Xhosa Cole, Alex Hitchcock and Rosie Frater -Taylor.

Come along, check it out and move to the Beat! See the programme here

and read the full Press Release here


Tickets are £12 and available from the links below. Please note these performances are unreserved standing. See below for more information about the venue.

Call out for Support Acts for Beat Series at the Boileroom
We are seeking young musicians from Surrey or South London, University and music school students, as well as pro/semi-pro musicians to be support bands in BEAT, a collaborative programme of 6 jazz performances, workshops, livestream & digital works, showcasing the best new UK artists, running from October 2022 to March 2023 at the Boileroom, Guildford.
We are looking for a broad range of jazz-influenced music, likely to appeal to a younger audience, including jazz dance, jazz fusion, funk, blues, jazz soul and styles which incorporate harmonies and rhythms from the global south, as well as straight ahead jazz. Deadline for applications is 5th October
To find out more, please click here.


The New Jazz Scene
Played by strikingly cool musicians in their 20s and early 30s like Soweto Kinch, Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings, new jazz is reaching far younger and more diverse audiences. It pulls liberally from other music genres, whether hip-hop, neo-soul, UK club sounds or the African and Caribbean sound heritage. Central to the emergence of the new youth jazz scene have been organisations like Tomorrow’s Warriors and Jazz re:freshed


The Beat Goes On

The BEAT series is all about Guildford Jazz and the Boileroom bringing that vibrant new scene to Guildford

“Guildford Jazz has always been about bringing the best, established UK jazz artists to Guildford. Why go to Ronnie Scott’s when you can have the same experience with us in Guildford? Alongside that, Guildford Jazz and the Boileroom will now be bringing new artists and new jazz to a new generation in a programme featuring some of the most exciting musicians from that generation. The beat goes on!” Marianne Windham

“ The Boileroom has long been committed to bringing the most diverse and talented artists across all genres of contemporary music to Guildford. We felt there was one obvious gap: what was going on in the new UK jazz scene was largely missing. We are delighted to be building on previous live streaming collaborations with Guildford Jazz to fill that gap with an amazing series of the best new jazz artists”. Dom Frazer




£6.00 – £13.00
Visionary saxophonist Camilla George kicks off the BEAT series with a heady mix of afrobeat, hip hop and jazz. Expect an up-tempo feast of stunning jazz horns, polyrhythmic drums, guitar and keys and Camilla’s sax flying effortlessly between lush afrobeat and jazz melodies.
Camilla George has carved out her own unique identity in the vibrant London scene, with her strong cultural roots and love of fusing African and Western Music. Following her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Isang’ and much lauded follow up ‘The People Could Fly’ in 2018 Camilla launches her third album” Ibio, Ibio” at London’s Jazz Café on 16th November.
Camilla studied with several jazz greats including sax giant Jean Toussaint. Her band have supported Courtney Pine and Femi Kuti and played many festivals including EFG London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz and We Out Here. She has also been a member of celebrated group Jazz Jamaica since 2009.
Support act: The Joe Garland Band


£6.00 – £13.00
One of the UK’s most virtuosic young jazz musicians.
‘An incredible saxophonist, with something very unique and original to say’ – Walter smith iii.
Expect to hear amazing things form a musician who has been making “cataclysmic waves in the sound of UK jazz’ – Jazzwise.
Performing highlights have already included include Love Supreme Festival, Glastonbury, Ronnie Scott’s., the North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands) and the Royal Albert Hall
Alex’s quintet’s critically acclaimed 2018 debut album was described by All About Jazz as ‘an exquisitely subtle collection of tunes… the clearest indicator to date of the stratospheric trajectory on which this super-talented quintet is indubitably heading’. His group AuB released its debut album on Edition Records in 2020.
The Boileroom,13 Stoke Fields, Guildford. Surrey, GU14LS
Please note this event is standing only
Doors open 7pm, Support act 7.30pm
Tickets £12 (£10 for Guildford Jazz Members, £5 students/concessions) +£1 booking fee


£6.00 – £13.00
22-year-old singer, songwriter & guitarist Rosie Frater-Taylor blurs the lines between jazz, folk, pop & soul. Think Joni Mitchell meets George Benson, Lewis Taylor teams up with Emily King or a female version of John Mayer!
Rosie began exploring her own love of song writing, jazz and alternative harmony studying at both the Roundhouse and Royal Academy of Music.
Her self-produced debut album ‘On My Mind’ (2018), garnered praise from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy, Becca Stevens “badass”, with Jazzwise Magazine hailing her “one to watch” and Giles Peterson, 6 Music declaring her “An artist I’ve fallen in love with, musically speaking.” Accumulating over one million streams to date, her 2nd album ‘Bloom’ saw her collaborate with Snowpoet’s Chris Hyson. ‘Bloom’ has been named Jazz FM ‘Album of The Week’ as well as one of KCRW’s ‘Albums of The Year’ catching the attention of the likes of Jamie Cullum, Jordan Rakei, Nitin Sawhney, Snarky Puppy’s Michael League
After a run of UK shows at the end of 2021, Rosie embarked on her first EU tour in 2022, including opening for legendary singer Kurt Elling and playing Gilles Peterson’s WorldWide Awards and We Out Here Festival.
The Boileroom,13 Stoke Fields, Guildford. Surrey, GU14LS
Please note this event is standing only
Doors open 7pm, Support act 7.30pm
Tickets £12 (£10 for Guildford Jazz Members, £5 students/concessions) +£1 booking fee


£6.00 – £13.00
A first call bassist for the likes of BB King, Laura Mvula and Hands Zimmer, Yolanda joins us with her new band Project pH following appearances at Ronnie Scotts and the Verdict.  Expect a mix of heavy funk-fusion instrumental tracks, modern R&B-influenced soulful tunes and beautiful ballads.

Yolande has played bass guitar with Paul Weller, David A. Stewart, Robbie Williams, Mick Jagger and The Waterboys, and from July 2017 through early 2020 she was a member of Squeeze as well as recording with BB King, Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, and Queen. In 2020, she was awarded an MBE for her services to music

Project pH features the skills of London-based guitarist Nick Linnik, the dynamic and versatile Laurie Lowe on drums, pianist Hamish Balfour and voices provided by the superb soulful delivery of vocalists Paris Ruel and Adeola Shyllon.

The band’s musical variety has drawn comparisons to Parliament/Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Prince, Yes, and Return to Forever, as well as Don Blackman, John Scofield, and even the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
The Boileroom,13 Stoke Fields, Guildford. Surrey, GU14LS
Please note this event is standing only
Doors open 7pm, Support act 7.30pm
General admission £13 (includes £1 booking fee), student tickets £7 (id required)


£6.00 – £13.00
Since winning BBC Young jazz musician award in 2018, Xhosa Cole has headlined London’s major league clubs and already established himself in the premier league of UK jazz saxophonists. “A young player with formidable technique and a solid grasp of the post-John Coltrane African American tradition” Chris May All about Jazz
Xhosa is one of the leading new wave Birmingham Saxophonists alongside Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings. In 2020 he received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Newcomer as well as having been nominated for the Jazz FM Breakthrough award
He has performed alongside artists including Monty Alexander and Courtney Pine and performed at prestigious venues and events including Ronnie Scoots and the BBC Prom. As a recording artist, Xhosa featured on Soweto Kinch’s latest album ‘Black Peril’ and UK R&B singer songwriter Mahalia’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Love and Compromise’.
Xhosa’s deep and authentic connection to the lineage of Jazz music has helped to establish him among the most exciting young talents in the country. His exposure to players from a range of different traditions and outlooks, compounded by his strong connection to the inner-city community in Handsworth, Birmingham where he grew up has helped to develop a fiercely unique and independent voice.
This brand new ensemble “Rhythm-a-ting”explores the compositions of Thelonious Monk with the Xhosa Cole fingerprint perfect for a live setting. Energetic filled with humour reconnecting Jazz music and tap-dance by NYC Dancer Liberty Styles!
The Boileroom,13 Stoke Fields, Guildford. Surrey, GU14LS
Please note this event is standing only
Doors open 7pm, Support act 7.30pm
Tickets £12 (£10 for Guildford Jazz Members, £5 students/concessions) +£1 booking fee

£6.00 – £13.00
“Full of energy, vibe, blues, rhythm, gospel and emotions The Banger Factory is the finest and most exciting live act on the scene”
Banger Factory Records burst on to the scene in 2021 and has rapidly established itself as a label where veterans of British jazz rub shoulders with young lions to release music that encapsulates the sound, the look, the language, and the swagger of jazz music, spreading love and good vibes and ultimately shaping the future of music beyond genres, gender and borders.
Mark Kavuma stands at the helm of this remarkable group of talented individuals with extraordinary musical abilities. Governing such organisation is Mark’s forte. With a real knack for discovering a potential, he directs and realigns its elements effortlessly. He also keeps churning out one tune after another. And they are groovy pieces. Owing a lot to hard bop legacy Kavuma unashamedly expands their repertoire with more bangers tailor-made and destined for a dance floor.
This band is like a family. The gang of brothers that exude tons of joy when witnessed on stage. Each one of them is at the top of their game, and this becomes evident when they support one another with solid and imaginative backups. Not to mention their mind-blowing creativity and bottomless energy.
Mark Kavuma – trumpet
Mussinghi Brian Edwards – tenor saxophone
Theo Erskine – alto saxophone
Deschanel Gordon – piano
Artie Zaitz – guitar
Jack Garside – bass
Will Cleasby – drums
The Boileroom,13 Stoke Fields, Guildford. Surrey, GU14LS
Please note this event is standing only
Doors open 7pm, Support act 7.30pm
Tickets £12 (£10 for Guildford Jazz Members, £5 students/concessions) +£1 booking fee



The performances are at The Boileroom, 13 Stokefields, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LS

There are no physical tickets, just give your name on the door when you arrive (id required for student tickets, and as appropriate for other concessionary tickets).

Please note these events are unreserved standing.

Doors open 7pm, support act from 7.30pm

If you have any questions please contact us by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Boileroom is situated just 8 miles down the A3 from Junction 10 of the M25, approximately 35 minutes from both Central London and Portsmouth by car.


Guildford Jazz is asking other jazz clubs across the country to join the project.  Clubs can without payment enjoy live streams of Beat gigs by fantastic young artists and will at the end of the project be given a resource pack and invited to join Zoom roundtable discussions in which Guildford Jazz shares its experiences of attracting a younger audience.More details of the invitation to jazz clubs can be found here :


Guildford Jazz offer other jazz clubs the chance to join Beat, an ACE funded project to promote younger artists and help clubs attract a younger audience. Your club could, without payment, enjoy live streams of gigs by fantastic young artists and a resource pack and Zoom roundtable discussion on how to attract a younger audience. To learn more about beat click here 
and for more information about jazz club participation click here :