Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival

About the festival

We’ve had some gaps in our festival series. Covid struck and it took a little while to bounce back. We’ve put on some concerts and some jazz weekends but this is our first major festival in four years and it is going to be a good one.

The festival has grown over the years although it has always consistently featured some of the finest jazz guitarists. The first festival had concerts by John Etheridge, Remi Harris and Nigel Price and has since gone on to feature performances by Terry Smith, Duck Baker, Cameron Pierre, Femi Temowo, Gary Potter, Val Bonetti and Jim Mullen as well as showcasing some of the country’s finest up and coming new players like Rob Luft, Becky Langan and Zayn Mohammed. The festival has always also provided a platform for society members and local players to perform, and this year won’t be an exception. Sunday has been devoted almost exclusively to local players and society members.

This year we will be joined by some of the worlds finest jazz guitarists. American guitarist Randy Johnson is joining us from the US. British legend Jim Mullen is returning, as is Gary Potter. Festival newcomer, the midlands based guitar John Smith is coming up to perform and give a workshop and special guest and avid supporter Bill Hunt, former keyboard player from ELO and Wizard will no doubt be sharing his talents on the Sunday afternoon.

There will be concerts, workshops, competitions and more and this year promises to be one of our best festivals.

On behalf of everyone organising the festival, thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy it.

Here are some pictures from previous festivals.

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Society

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Society (HJGS) consists of a wide variety of jazz guitar enthusiasts. They follow, support, learn about and, perhaps more importantly, have the opportunity to actually play the music that they love. Playing ability varies, from the novice to full professional, and performance opportunities range from solo to duos, and larger groups. HJGS also stages occasional workshops by its professional members, and visiting artists such as Howard Alden (USA), Nigel Price, John Etheridge, Nick Meier, Darren Dutson Bromley and Adrian Ingram.

Regular projects, such as specific composers’ nights, solo guitar nights, accompaniment, improvisation and ensemble playing are features of many meetings, (HJGS has booked saxophone and bass players especially for these projects) and the society also funds frequent concerts by top players.

HJGS meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Rat & Ratchet in Huddersfield.


Small Seeds
Rat and Ratchet