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EFG London Jazz Festival Tickets
George Crowley Trio 18th November:
Helena Kay/Will Arnold-Forster Quartet 20th November:
Peter Horsfall Quartet 22nd November:
Dear all, it’s a bumper month of Jazz at The Oxford coming up, as we supplement our usual weekly Monday night gigs with an additional three extra special dates (Monday 18thWednesday 20th, Friday 22ndNovember) as part of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival. It’s massively exciting to be a part of this year’s proceedings and we do hope that you’ll join us for one of these evenings. Due to demand we highly recommend pre-booking tickets using the links above as we anticipate being busier than usual on these 3 dates…
Other than that, it’s business as per usual this month with a fantastic run of gigs to look forward to at The Oxford in Kentish Town.
4th November: Rachel Cohen Trio
Rachel Cohen – alto saxophone
Joe Downard – double bass
Shane Forbes – drums
Leading alto saxophonist Rachel Cohen makes a return visit to The Oxford tavern alongside a first-call rhythm section of Joe Downard and Shane Forbes. Cohen’s skills both as an improviser and composer have gained her a reputation as one of the U.K’s brightest young stars and we hugely look forward to an evening of her original compositions alongside selections from the jazz cannon.
“Cohen takes a softly devious approach reminiscent of Lee Konitz – but, as with the canny Cool School veteran, the quietness is deceptive and the subtlety is in the weighting of phrases and the hipness with which she plays off the rhythm section.” – John Fordham, The Guardian
11th November: Eriko Ishihara Trio
Eriko Ishihara – piano/vocals
Colin Oxley – guitar
Dario Di’Lecce – double bass
Highly sophisticated pianist and vocalist Eriko Ishihara brings her trio comprising world class jazz guitarist Colin Oxley and hard swinging bassist Dario Di’Lecce to The Oxford to perform choice selections from the great American songbook.
Check out Eriko in action here:
18th November: EFG London Jazz Festival – George Crowley Trio (booking recommended, ticket link at top of page)
George Crowley – saxophone/electronics
Rob Luft – guitar
Tim Giles – drums
An evening of forward-thinking, electronically-tinged jazz and improvised music from saxophonist and composer George Crowley, and his newest trio, featuring BBC New Generation artist, guitarist Rob Luft and award-winning drummer Tim Giles.
George Crowley is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and promoter based in London. Since his arrival in the capital in 2007, Crowley has steadily established himself as a key player within the city’s burgeoning creative jazz/improvised music scene, and finds himself increasingly well-known further afield, performing across the UK and Europe.
As a performer, he is active across a range of styles. Equally at home with contemporary showstoppers ‘Melt Yourself Down’ and Yazz Ahmed as he is with musicians on the experimental improvised music scene, Crowley’s new trio featuring Rob Luft and Tim Giles will perform music from their forthcoming album, focusing on George’s broad view of what jazz can be.
Featuring melodic writing, ambient textures and interactive group improvisations Crowley’s trio immerses you in a world of grooves from a broad range of influences – augmented with the use of electronic effects.
“…a fine young composer/player who knows where the music has been and where he’s headed with it.” John Fordham, The Guardian
“Rarely does a player so young debut with such a fully rounded tone and range of writing skills, so keep a keen ear out for Crowley: the future could yet be his” Jazzwise Magazine
Check out the trio here:
20th November: EFG London Jazz Festival – Helena Kay Quartet (booking recommended, ticket link at top of page)
Helena Kay – tenor saxophone
Will Arnold-Forster – guitar
Conor Chaplin – double bass
David Ingamells – drums
Saxophonist Helena Kay and guitarist Will Arnold-Forster explore the repertoire of the Sonny Rollins/Jim Hall quartet of the 1960’s.
Scottish born, New York based tenor saxophonist Helena Kay has quickly rose to prominence since graduating from the Guildhall school of Music in 2016. The recipient of numerous awards and prizes – including the prestigious Peter Whittingham award (2017) and Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year (2015), Kay relocated to New York after releasing her debut album Moon Palace (Ubuntu Music) to critical acclaim.
She is joined in this special homecoming concert by long-time collaborator, award winning guitarist Will Arnold-Forster as they explore the repertoire of the great Sonny Rollins/Jim Hall quartet of the 1960’s, with fresh interpretations of their compositions providing a point of departure for their own improvisations.
The quartet is completed by the extraordinary David Ingamells on drums (Kate Williams, Henry Spencer) and world-class double bassist Conor Chaplin (Mark Kavuma, Laura Jurd, Dave Storey).
‘Moon Palace leaves the listener wanting more of Kay’s rich playing… it’s remarkably self-assured and forecasts an imaginative career to come.’ Ammar Kalia, Downbeat
‘Kay and her trio confirmed both their understated group virtuosity and command of narrative drive.‘ Mike Hobart, Financial Times.
22nd November: EFG London Jazz Festival, Peter Horsfall Quartet (booking recommended, ticket link at top of page)
Peter Horsfall – trumpet/vocal
Alex Bryson – piano
Michael Shrimpling – double bass
Matt Skelton – drums
Acclaimed trumpeter and singer Peter Horsfall brings his new project ‘RED’ to the EFG London Jazz Festival, exploring the legacy of New Orleans musician Henry ‘Red’ Allen – whose enduring compositions prove to be as thoroughly modern, mysterious and entertaining as ever.
Peter Horsfall is an acclaimed trumpet player, vocalist and songwriter based in the U.K. A vibrant and formidable presence on the London jazz scene, Horsfall has developed a reputation as a consummate bandleader and an innovative producer. Having released his latest album Nighthawks to critical acclaim (receiving a four star review in the Guardian and being described by All About Jazz as ‘one of the year’s most original releases’ as well as being featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM) Horsfall brings his new project ‘RED’ to the EFG London Jazz Festival, exploring the legacy of legendary New Orleans trumpeter and singer Henry ‘Red’ Allen.
‘This project communicates some of the wonderful style, swing and joy that Henry ‘Red’ Allen brought to his music. He is, for me, one of the great jazz stylists of the 20th century whose music remains as thoroughly modern, mysterious and entertaining as when it was first released. RED is my personal tribute to this genius of modern music.’ – Peter Horsfall.
‘Truly an original new voice’ – Jazz FM
‘Ravishing’ – The Guardian
‘A bitter-sweet beautiful voice and timeless trumpet’ – BBC Radio 3
Check out the band in action here:
25th November: Lluc Casares Alcobe Quartet
Lluc Casares Alcobe – tenor saxophone
Will Arnold-Forster – guitar
Conor Chaplin – double bass
Joan Casares Alcobe – drums
A recent graduate of the prestigious Juilliard school in New York, Barcelona born rising star of jazz Lluc Casares Alcobe makes a rare London appearance alongside his brother Joan on drums. Having recently released his debut album ‘Sketches Overseas’ to critical acclaim we hugely look forward to welcoming Lluc to The Oxford to close out our November programme.
Check out Lluc 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 November and thank you for your support so far.
Jazz at The Oxford