Upcoming in October:

Poster Design: Osian Roberts

Dear all, 

Many thanks to all of those who came down to The Oxford to see any of our September gigs. We’ve had some truly special nights of music this month, and as we step further into Autumn, a particularly strong October programme awaits… Here’s what’s on over the next few weeks…

7thOct: Leo Richardson Quartet 

Widely regarded as one of London’s leading tenor saxophonists, known for his huge sound and driving swing feel, Richardson brings his Quartet comprising three of London’s most in demand rhythm section musicians to The Oxford on the 7thOct to perform selections from their recently released and critically acclaimed album ‘Move’ (Ubuntu). 

Leo Richardson – tenor saxophone

Rick Simpson – piano 

Tim Thornton – double bass

Ed Richardson – drums 

‘the thoroughly excellent Move consolidates Richardson’s position as a genuine rising star in the jazz firmament’ – Roger Farby, All About Jazz 4*

‘I can’t remember hearing a more impressive debut…. Music as good as this is beyond category’ – Dave Gelly, The Observer 5* 

Check out Leo in action here: 

14thOct: Rick Simpson Trio

Known widely as a prolific sideman having performed alongside many of the U.K’s most respected jazz musicians (Stan Sulzmann, Martin Speake) as well visiting U.S artists (Christian Scott, Eric Harland) pianist and composer Rick Simpson leads his own trio comprising the extraordinarily talented Will Glaser (drums) and Dave Whitford (double bass). The trio will perform their own original compositions alongside arrangements from the jazz cannon and beyond. 

Rick Simpson – piano

Dave Whitford – double bass

Will Glaser – drums 

Check out the trio in action here: 

21stOct: Octoboptet

Pianist Simon Whiteside leads a jazz Octet playing arrangements from and inspired by the west coast jazz scene of the 1950’s. A mini bigband comprising some of London’s most in-demand musicians, expect to hear hard-swinging arrangements of strong recognisable tunes and melodic improvisations. 

Tenor Saxophone – Mark Crooks 

Bari Sax – Sam Bullard

Trumpet – George Hogg 

Trombone – Adrian Fry 

Guitar – Will Arnold-Forster

Piano – Simon Whiteside 

Bass – Simon Little 

Drums – Steve Rushton 

28thOct: Lewis Wright Trio

Award-winning virtuoso vibraphonist Lewis Wright (Empirical, Kit Downes) brings his trio to The Oxford for an evening of original compositions alongside arrangements from the jazz cannon and beyond. Considered to be one of the world’s finest exponents of his instrument, with his own unique sound and approach – we hugely look forward to welcoming one of the U. K’s brightest stars.   

‘Spellbindingly virtuosic… scene-stealing’ – Financial Times

‘One of the new stars on vibraphone, with a very individual style and concept, worthy of every jazz fan’s attention’ – Gary Burton 

Lineup: TBC

Check out Lewis in action here: 

As always you can find us every Monday in the upstairs function room at our favourite pub, The Oxford Tavern in Kentish Town. Doors open at 8pm, music from 8:30. £8/£5 musicians on the door. 

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We look forward to seeing you in October and thank you for your support so far. 

Jazz at The Oxford