GUILDFORD-born and George Abbot School-educated saxophonist Iain Ballamy appears close to home when he returns to Dorking’s Watermill Jazz Club with his latest group, Anorak, on Thursday, August 31.

A supreme improviser and accomplished writer, he is largely self-taught and is known in Europe as the “fantastic Englishman”.

Having established himself playing alongside big name stars like Gil Evans and Mike Gibbs among others, Iain went on to play a major role in Loose Tubes and Bill Bruford’s Earthworks. In addition to his solo projects he is currently a member of Django Bates’ Human Chain and Delightful Precipice.

Parallel to his international jazz career Iain, whose pianist father Mark is a Watermill regular, has pursued an interest in world music, appearing with musicians from Europe, Africa, South America and beyond.

He has also penned music for radio and film productions, including the award-winning movie Mirrormask.

Joining Iain for his date at the Watermill will be pianist Gareth Williams, Steve Watts on double bass and drummer Martin France. Watermill Jazz can be found at the Friends Provident Social Club in Pixham Lane, Dorking. Details on  01737 210454 or via the website at

PG’S Stompers provide the music during a bank holiday boules day and barbecue at The Inn at West End in Guildford Road, West End, on Monday, August 28. Details on 01276 858652.

APEX Jazz Band serve up trad and classic jazz at The Cricketers in Horsell Birch, near Woking, on Monday, August 28. Details from Dave Lowe on 01483 714121 or from the pub on 01483 762363.

BIG band jazz a la Count Basie and others of that ilk can be enjoyed courtesy of The Surrey Jazz Orchestra at Woking Conservative Club in Mount Hermon Road on Tuesday, August 29. Details from Peter J. Walker on 01372 452375.

AWARD-winning guitarist Dave Cliff is joined by pianist Simon Woolf for the latest Jazz at the Brasserie date at Riverview in Caversham, near Reading, on Tuesday, August 29. They will be joined by the house rhythm section of Luke and Nat Steele. Details on 0118 947 6451 or via the website.