Upcoming in January:

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Dear all, 

Happy New Year! 

We do hope that everyone had a suitably restful break over the festive period. Time marches on though, and we’re back in action from the 13th, with a January programme seriously high in quality to help see you through those dark and cold wintery evenings.  

13th Jan – Alex Bryson  

Alex Bryson – piano 
Jeremy Brown– double bass 
Matt Fishwick – drums 

One of the country’s leading straight ahead pianists, Alex Bryson revisits The Oxford for a trio gig under his own name (having recently performed as part of Peter Horsfall’s sell-out EFG London Jazz Festival show). A dynamic young pianist who spent several years living and performing in New York, Alex’s return to the U.K has seen him establish himself as a leading light of his generation, creating fresh interest in the 1950’s school of swinging bebop piano. His trio is rooted in the tradition, playing Bryson’s own arrangements of standards from the great American songbook and revisiting compositions from the books of Tommy Flanagan, Walter Davis and Ray Bryant. The trio has recently recorded their first album, due to be released later this year. 

Check out Alex in action here: 

20th Jan – Josephine Davies’ ‘Satori’ 

Josephine Davies – tenor saxophone 
Dave Whitford – double bass
James Maddren – drums 

Saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies is engaged in a continually evolving, creative musical expedition with trio project Satori; and is joined at The Oxford in this iteration of the ensemble by the extraordinary Dave Whitford (double bass) and James Maddren (drums) on the eve of recording their third album (a follow-up to the critically acclaimed ‘In the Corners of Clouds’, and their 2017 Whirlwind debut, ‘Satori’). 

An ever-evolving ensemble that defies the categorization of either avant-garde or mainstream jazz, Satori instead shifts deftly and dynamically through various imaginative soundscapes according to where their shared inspiration takes them, the deliberate omission of a chordal instrument as well as the frequent absence of regular harmonic sequence allowing the compositions to serve as a loose base for the spontaneity and creativity of the players, giving rise to a uniquely integrated trio sound…

Praise for Satori: 

 “Definitely a band to watch.” ★★★★1/2 (Downbeat Magazine)

“Winning immediacy.” ★★★★(Mojo Magazine)

“Refreshingly imaginative and invigorating.” (All About Jazz)

“Inventive, Lyrical.” (Jazzwise Magazine)

“Spiritual, Spiralling, Joyful.” (UK Vibe)

“Fluent, Imaginative.” ★★★★(The Jazz Mann)

“Irrepressible Tunefulness.” (Downbeat Magazine)

“Highly recommended.” (Culture Jazz FR)

Check out Josephine in action here: 

27th Jan –  Dmitry Baevsky & Steve Fishwick 

Dmitry Baevsky – alto saxophone 
Steve Fishwick – trumpet 
Clovis Nicolas – double bass 
Matt Fishwick – drums 

One of the world’s leading straight-ahead alto saxophonists, we hugely look forward to welcoming New York based virtuoso Dmitry Baevsky to The Oxford, alongside the incomparable Steve Fishwick (trumpet), for what will no doubt be an incredibly special night of music.

Baevsky has received widespread critical acclaim for the numerous albums he has released in the company of such masters as Cedar Walton, Benny Green and Peter Bernstein since emigrating to New York from his native Russia at the age of 19, and the prospect of him being joined by Steve Fishwick, one of the finest trumpet players in the world is absolutely not to be missed. 

Praise for Dmitry Baevsky: 

“Listen to a few notes on any Dmitry Baevsky recording and you immediately will hear his distinct musical voice: a gorgeously dark and warm alto tone that at times almost sounds like a tenor. Having moved to New York City from his native Russia nearly two decades ago, Baevsky has since carved out a niche as an inspired straight-ahead alto virtuoso, one whose musical résumé boasts an impressive set of collaborations and whose solo outings include a series of critically beloved albums and a highly regarded quartet.” (SETON HAWKINS, HOT HOUSE JAZZ) 

” A wondrous marriage of intelligence and feeling: the skill that makes anything Dmitry and Jeb able to be create rewarding realizations in sound, the precision that makes for exactness at any tempo the place from which they start, and the deep emotional range that makes this duo masters of any song they attempt, whether a dreamy ballad or a high-speed slalom.” (JAZZ LIVES, NYC)

“Dmitry Baevsky is a mind-blower, a major new alto saxophonist.”  (STEREOPHILE).

Check out Dmitry in action here: 

As always you can find every Monday (apart from the 6th Jan!) 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. 

Please do like our Instagram page (where you’ll find clips of previous performances): https://www.instagram.com/jazzattheoxford/

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

Jazz at The Oxford