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Guildford Jazz - programme for December 2021 / January 2022.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Martin Collins of Guildford Jazz has forwarded details of the organisation's programme for December 2021 and January 2022 with performances by Polly Gibbons and Heads South. Details attached.

We have received the following information;

At St John’s Church, St. John’s Street,Farncombe, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3EJ
Date : Thursday 16 th December 2021 at 8.00pm
Polly Gibbons is a growing presence in the UK Jazz scene. She has already been nominated twice as “Best Jazz Vocalist” by JAZZ FM and the BBC. Fully embracing the inspiring expansiveness of American Jazz, Blues, Soul and R&B, her career as a vocalist, composer and live performer is influenced by these genres.
But Polly is hesitant to define her music as strictly Jazz; her eclectic repertoire and the ease and style with which she performs it, have led her to appear at a variety of music festivals and venues: from the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London opening for George Benson and Gladys Knight, or for Bozz Scaggs at the famous Montreal Jazz Festival.
Equally, her fans might find her performing a weekly residency with her band at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, Ronnie Scott’s in London or at the funky new venue Rudy’s down in Nashville. Her music and her voice have a broad appeal to music lovers – and her ongoing touring over the last few years in the USA has garnered her many new fans.
With James Pearson – piano, George Double – drums and Marianne Windham – bass


At the Guildford Cricket Pavillion, Woodbridge Rd, Guildford GU1 4RP
Date : Wednesday 12th January 2022 at 8pm
Heads South plays superb Latin Jazz combining Cuban and other Latin rhythms with distinctive melodies in an exhilarating repertoire of original and classic tunes. The Band is led by John Harriman on piano/organ and features top UK trumpeter Steve Waterman, Venezuelan bassist Adolfredo Pulido, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan on congas, bongos, cajon, guiro and Buster Birch on drums, timbale, castanets, frame drum.
Heads South has released two albums to critical acclaim and was winner from more than 75 bands nationwide of the UK Jazz Services National Touring Forum award.
Think Buena Vista Social Club in a smaller package, add the excitement of Jazz, tuneful melody, and imbibe the warmth of a Latin evening, grooving into the night…
“A refreshing cultural mix of players with outstanding jazz credentials.. Cuban rhythms dominate, rocking syncopated percussion…well worth seeing” The Gig Guide
“Spare, crisp, invigorating Latin jazz…Waterman’s mastery of this idiom suits Harriman’s deceptively simple compositions to perfection’ The Observer
“Impeccable musicianship” The Times