Poster Design: Osian Roberts
Many thanks to all of those who came down to The Oxford to see any of our August gigs. We’ve had some truly special nights of music this month, and as summer draws to a close, an equally enticing September programme awaits! Here’s what’s on over the next few weeks:
2nd September – Giacomo Smith Trio
Internationally renowned virtuoso saxophonist Giacomo Smith – founding member of the hugely successful Kansas Smitty’s House Band – brings his trio comprising fellow Smitty’s regulars Dave Archer (guitar) and Tom Farmer (double bass) for a return visit to The Oxford on the 2nd September. A supreme talent, any chance to see Giacomo play is absolutely not to be missed.
Check out Giacomo in action here:
“They dance to a beat of their own drum. Totally unpredictable!” – (Cerys Matthews)
Giacomo Smith – Saxophones
Dave Archer – Guitar
Tom Farmer – Double Bass
9th September – Shane Forbes Trio
Co-leader of the award-winning ‘Empirical’ ensemble and at the forefront of the UK jazz scene for over a decade, drummer Shane Forbes brings a trio comprising hard-swinging pianist Will Barry alongside Joe Downard on double bass to The Oxford on the 9th September. Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest drummers – this will no doubt be a special night of music.
Check out the trio in action here:
Praise for Empirical: ‘‘Empirical have become fascinating and fearless’ (The Guardian)’
‘Empirical flirt with nostalgia, while living on the edge of experimentation.’ (Jazzwise)
Shane Forbes – Drums
Will Barry – Piano
Joe Downard – Double Bass
16th September – Naama Gheber Quartet
Naama Gheber is a New York-based jazz vocalist inspired by the emotionally direct compositions of Rodgers and Hart, Fields and Hugh, Cole Porter and other great composers and lyricist of the 1930’s and ‘40’s. Possessed with an urbane and elegant voice, Gheber’s sensitive interpretation and crisp phrasing have become recognisable elements of her signature style and timeless appeal.
As well as performing across Israel and Europe in celebrated festivals and jazz clubs, whilst living in New York Gheber has performed at acclaimed jazz venues such as Smalls, Mezzrow (in which she currently holds a monthly residency), Cornelia Street Cafe, The Cell Theater and many more. Gheber recorded her debut album in 2019 featuring New York stalwarts vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist Ray Gallon, bassist David Wong and drummer Aaron Kimmel.
Check out Naama in action here:
Full lineup T.B.C
23rd September – Ferg Ireland
Ferg Ireland is one of London’s most in demand musicians, and alongside Giacomo Smith (2nd September) another founding member of the seemingly unstoppable Kansas Smitty’s House Band. A first-call bassist for some of the leading Jazz musicians in the UK (Soweto Kinch, Zhenya Strigalev, Jay Phelps, Ruby Rushton, Nathaniel Facey, Reuben James, Ashley Henry, Empirical) as well as for visiting US luminaries such as Johnny O’Neal (Art Blakey) and Leroy Jones we hugely look forward to welcoming Ferg to The Oxford on the 23rd September.
Check out Ferg in action here:
‘An inexhaustible creative powerhouse’ – (Jazzwise magazine)
‘Impeccable and creative’ – (London Jazz News)
Full lineup T.B.C
30th September – Sam Braysher
Alto saxophonist Sam Braysher received critical acclaim for his debut album and subsequent tour with New York pianist Michael Kanan, while his soon-to-be-released follow up record features Catalan drummer Jorge Rossy. We are delighted to welcome Sam back to The Oxford, where he’ll be joined by some of London’s most in demand rhythm section players for a detailed look at the music of Leonard Bernstein and Kurt Weill, two giants of both the American Songbook and 20th Century classical music.
Check out Sam in action here:
‘Delightful and surprising’ (Dave Gelly, The Observer)
‘Braysher’s cool, modernist twist on old songs is just superb’ (Simon Adams, Jazz Journal)
‘Trying to second-guess a long-gone composer’s intention is a risky exercise, and jazz improvisers usually exercise a free hand in interpreting the Great American Songbook. But the warm-toned young London saxophonist Sam Braysher is a prize-winning investigator of the early recordings and published music of Jerome Kern, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and many others, and imagines a new jazz closely attuned to an old world.’ (John Fordham, The Guardian)
Sam Braysher – Alto Saxophone
Ross Stanley – Piano
Conor Chaplin – Double Bass
Shane Forbes – Drums
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 September and thank you for your support so far.
Jazz at The Oxford