Since the launch of Lunchtime Jazz at the Farnham Maltings in March 2013, it has grown steadily to become an established feature of the venue. June 2017 saw its re-launch under its new title Lunchtime PIANO BAR Jazz, in a new ‘cabaret’ style setting, where tables and chairs are arranged around the piano to create a more informal and intimate mood for both audience and musicians. This is similar to the American piano bar where customers sit at a horseshoe bar surrounding the piano. However, this restricted the seating capacity for our now much larger audience and we have returned to theatre seating.
In another new development in September 2019 ESMOND and MARIANNE have formed a duo and together they will play cool, intimate, and classic jazz from the British and American song books, jazz standards, and the bossa novas of Brazil. Their guests will add a lyrical or musical dimension to the programme.
ESMOND is a gifted jazz pianist who has performed for many years here and in Europe with his trios and as a soloist. He loves to play the gorgeous and timeless masterpieces of the great composers like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart, Johnny Mandel, but he also has a particular love of the music of Michel Legrand and the bossa novas of Antonio Carlos Jobim. He is a sensitive yet sensual and passionate player who aspires to greater heights of expression with every performance.
MARIANNE is a freelance jazz and classical double bass player, based in Guildford and plays regularly in and around London and the South East. Leaving a career as director of a software consultancy in order to pursue a passion for playing the bass, Marianne took up playing professionally at the start of 2011. She founded and runs the Guildford and Fleet jazz clubs where she plays with many of the UK’s top names. She has an exceptional dedication to her chosen instrument and the art of playing jazz.
So, come along to the Lunchtime Jazz and relax with the most beautiful melodies and swinging jazz from composers of the 1920s – 1960s performed just for you.