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 the re-launch of Lunchtime Jazz 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.
In another new development pianist Esmond Clements has returned to the classic trio format and recently formed The ESMOND CLEMENTS TRIO with the delightful bassist Marianne Windham who ably provides the essential harmonic pulse, and guitarist Gerry Reid who adds his tasteful chords and solos. Together they play cool, intimate, and classic jazz from the British and American song books, jazz standards, and the bossa novas of Brazil. From time to time, 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 shows an exceptional dedication to her chosen instrument and the art of playing jazz.
GERRY is an experienced and talented jazz guitarist who one feels, has hidden depths as a musician. He is a sensitive player who adds his tasteful contribution to the group. He is a joy to work with.
So, come along to the Lunchtime PIANO BAR Jazz and relax with the most beautiful melodies and swinging jazz from composers of the 1920s – 1960s performed just for you by the Esmond Clements Trio.